Waking up while on the job is a great way to experience the thrill of adrenaline, but not a great way to impress the boss.
Fatigue is a very common complaint that brings people to an acupuncturist — whether it’s from being on the go all of the time, dealing with stressful situations, or from an underlying medical problem like fibromyalgia, fatigue is a general term for a number of issues that affects people mentally, physically, or both. Also referred to as exhaustion, lethargy, languidness, tiredness, languor, lassitude, and listlessness, and yes, brain fog, fatigue is typically classified as a symptom as opposed to a condition.
Physical fatigue is indicated by a general lethargy or listlessness, while mental fatigue is characterized by a feeling of drowsiness and an inability to pay attention. Acupuncture is extraordinarily helpful with both physical and mental fatigue, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome — when the tiredness and heavy feeling won’t stop, and headaches and pain are added to the mix of exhaustion.
There are several reasons why people experience fatigue; they run the gamut from the easily remedied (such as not enough sleep, poor dietary choices, nutritional deficiencies and/or too little exercise) to the life threatening (heart disease, cancer, and neurological disorders). Fatigue is also felt by people going through and/or who have gone through cancer treatments. Fatigue poses a danger to sufferers because normal brain and physical activity is often compromised, in addition to a reduced quality of life.
Acupuncture helps to improve fatigue immediately, after the first treatment. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. That is encouraging, and helps them continue further treatments for the other perhaps more stubborn symptoms. Win/win!
Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and cause the release of neurotransmitters. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for insomnia. Acupuncture also reduces insomnia through increasing nighttime endogenous melatonin secretions. Melatonin = Snoozetime.
When treating fatigue specifically, point sites on the spleen meridian energy system will be considered, as well as possibly the kidney energy system. It is strongly recommended that sugar in the diet needs to be reduced. A complete history, with tongue and pulse diagnosis, helps to determine all the points to be included. As with any acupuncture treatment, all aspects of a person’s well-being are considered when dealing with fatigue, and treatments and council will correspond in kind.
End Brain Fog!
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