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The Mayo Clinic describes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) as a “complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and that can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.” It’s estimated that there are more than 200,000 cases of CFS in the U.S. and research has proven that acupuncture, combined with other treatments can help to alleviate the symptoms that come with CFS. continue reading
A very common complaint that acupuncturists hear from our patients is that they constantly feel tired. Sometimes this fatigue is related to lack of sleep, but sometimes no amount of rest seems to alleviate the sleepiness.
From an acupuncture and Chinese Medicine perspective, there are numerous imbalances in our bodies that can cause the constant fatigue. Here are some of the most common imbalances that can lead to fatigue, lethargy, lack of energy and motivation, and tiredness. continue reading
Peninsula Medical School, at the University of Exeter conducted research on 80 patients who experienced headaches, muscle pain, extreme fatigue or joint and back pain to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture on their ailments. The study, led by Professor Andrew Gould, followed 80 adults who had consulted their general practitioner eight or more times in the prior year for these various unexplained symptoms. Half of the group received up to 12 sessions of five-element acupuncture treatments during a six month period; the remainder received no extra treatment.
The patients receiving acupuncture reported improved well-being and scored higher on an individualized health status questionnaire than the control group. They reported that their acupuncture consultations became increasingly valuable and that the interactive and holistic nature of the sessions gave them a sense that something positive was being done about their condition.
Professor Andrew Gould said it is important to offer patients other options when conventional medicine isn’t working. “We don’t know how acupuncture is making a difference, but it seems to be something to do with the treatment, rather than just a placebo or the one-to-one care the patients are getting,” explained Gould. The study was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.
Source: The research results were published in The British Journal of General Practice.
Deborah Farley is a licensed acupuncturist, naturopath and owner of the Acupuncture Clinic of Richmond, in Richmond, Virginia. To learn more about improving your health and wellness, visit www.debifarley.com or call 804.288.3927.
So you’ve made your choice on what type of program you’re doing and you’re ready to start. Or you’re thinking this is something you’re interested in but wondering how you’re going to feel. Can I still go to work? Do I need to hang close to a bathroom? All of these are excellent questions and I am going to answer them to the best of my ability without going into a lot of detail.
Your detoxification symptoms are going to be unique to you. This is based on not only what type of program that you have chosen but also on what your lifestyle has been, your past food choices, and any preparatory work that you did leading up to the detoxification such as eliminating caffeine.
Your symptoms may start immediately or once you’re in the program for a few days – or even a few weeks into it. You may have various symptoms at different points during your detox. If is also entirely possible not to have any symptoms at all.
The duration of symptoms you experience will depend on your medical history, lifestyle, and what type of detox you are doing. Many common symptoms of a detox include fatigue, headaches and unfamiliar tastes in the mouth. Some also see skin outbreaks and old injuries that hurt or ache as the body releases the toxins. I had someone in one of my programs tell me she had broken her wrist as a child and during the first week of the detox her wrist hurt.
You may also notice some strange smells from your body. I had a lady that had undergone chemotherapy treatment several years before the detox program. During the program she stated she could smell the chemotherapy coming out of her. She also had symptoms from when she underwent chemotherapy such as fatigue. These symptoms lasted over 2/3rd’s of the time she was on her detox but felt fantastic once the symptoms had gone away.
Other physical symptoms may include constipation, diarrhea, or gastric discomfort. Sinus congestion, sinus discomfort, sore throats, hoarseness or flu like symptoms may also be experienced during a detox. In addition to physical symptoms there may also be emotional symptoms. This is due in part because our body stores everything at a cellular level. The cells remember whether we want to or not. If we have undergone some sort of a trauma (whether that be physical or emotional), even if we have resolved and found peace with that trauma, it is still stored in our cellular memory. Sometimes doing a detoxification program may bring up some emotions. These emotions may be sadness, anger, joy, or intense grief. Whatever that emotion is it can often be surprising when someone has this happen. It is important to recognize it for what it is, accept it, and know that it will pass.
Remember, all of these symptoms are simply part of your body’s way of “letting go”.