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“Why Am I Still Tired?!” Acupuncture Sends Chronic Fatigue to Bed

Beat Fatigue with Acupuncture!

Beat Fatigue with Acupuncture!

Run down, worn out, exhausted and tired, and not just at the end of the week…? Acupuncture can help!

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also referred to as CFS) is the medical name for a series of disorders that is characterized by a persistent feeling of fatigue that is not caused by lack of sleep or by excessive physical activity, as well as a wide range of accompanying symptoms, some very uncomfortable, including muscle pain, trouble focusing, and, ironically enough, insomnia.

CFS can happen over time or suddenly come about. People who get CFS over time get more and more tired over weeks or months, suddenly feel fine one day and then feel extremely tired the next. The extreme tiredness may come and go, and in some cases the extreme tiredness never goes away.

Because CFS is a multi-faceted disease, it often takes several visits to medical professionals to finally diagnose. CFS can affect people of any age, however, it’s most common between the ages of 25 and 45. Besides being difficult to diagnose, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can last for years, and there is no known cure. There is a virus that has been associated with chronic fatigue, the Epstein Barr virus (best known as the cause of infectious mononucleosis). Some people with CFS say it started after a time of great stress, such as the loss of a loved one or major surgery.

After a prolonged illness, fatigue can be a lingering symptom. When the body fluids have a lower ph than 6.8, as measured in the saliva or urine, fatigue, tiredness, headaches, insomnia, pain, and tension may be the resulting signs. Symptoms of CFS vary widely from person to person and may be serious or mild. Most symptoms cannot be seen by others, which makes it hard for friends, family members, and the public to understand the challenges a person with CFS faces.

There is no reason to suffer needlessly from Chronic Fatigue, and instead feel relaxed, energized and feel less pain. Acupuncture is very helpful in the treatment of the symptoms as well as in the underlying causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

A thorough history, and an individual approach in the choice of point sites will usually give immediate positive results. Spleen and Kidney energetic systems are considered, as well as abdomen and upper back point sites, as chronic fatigue syndrome involves kidney-adrenal exhaustion, spleen-stomach digestion deficiency, liver stagnation and blockage — over taxation of one’s vital energy resources.

Acupuncture works to resolve those issues, and corrects any imbalances. Acupuncture analysis includes a peek at the tongue, as well as checking the pulses. Improving the diet is always a good idea, including organic foods supplemented with digestive enzymes and many patients find that a gluten-free, low inflammatory diet assists as well. Meditation and gentle exercise is also helpful, but patients feel a more immediate, energy-boosting change with acupuncture.

The most noticeable benefits of acupuncture for CFS include:

  • Less pain
  • Better sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Better overall health

And who wouldn’t like that!

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Don’t Want Your Memories All Alone in the Moonlight? Acupuncture Smartens Your Brain and Decreases Stress!

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Smarten Your Brain with Acupuncture!

Brain power is awesome until it fails you. Who hasn’t spaced on a name right before an important introduction?  And almost everyone has locked themselves out of either their car or their home. Stress, anxiety, or depression can make a person more forgetful, as well as exhaustion.

According to acupuncture and Oriental medicine the mind (Shen) embodies consciousness, emotions and thought. Shen influences long term memory, the ability to think clearly, contributes to wisdom and presides over activities that involve mental and creative functions. When the mind is healthy we are able to think clearly. And remember things like our mother’s birthday.

When the mind is unhealthy or unbalanced we experience confusion, poor memory, and clouded thinking. Disharmony of the mind often manifests as anxiety, insomnia, muddled thinking, forgetfulness and chronic restlessness. It has been found that acupuncture has proved to be helpful for improving memory function, and assist in maintaining balance and reducing stress. And reduces the need for sad Moms and bouquets of apology flowers.

In fact, a new study measures that acupuncture biochemically reduces memory loss due to chronic stress. Researchers applied acupuncture at acupuncture point P6, near to the center of the wrist crease on the anterior surface of the forearm. The researchers measured biochemical and behavioral changes in laboratory rats. It was found that acupuncture stimulation at P6 increased AchE (acetylcholinesterase) chemical reaction activity in the brain.

AchE is an enzyme that converts the neurotransmitter acetylcholine into choline and acetate and plays an important role in synaptic transmission. The study shows that rats exposed to chronic mild stresshad significantly lower AchE activity in the hippocampus of the brain. It was discovered that acupuncture at P6 increased chemical reactivity of AchE in the hippocampus compared with the control group.

The researchers also conducted a passive avoidance test (PAT) to compare the biochemical findings with behavioral examination. The acupuncture group performed better than the control group for the PAT. The researchers concluded that acupuncture at P6 improves memory, increases AchE reactivity in the hippocampus and restores learning and memory after biochemical and behavioral impairments due to chronic mild stress.

Now when we apply that to humans, we can see improvement in reducing stress, remembering your wife’s name and walking out the door with keys in hand!

Improving your diet can also help with improving memory function. Here are some suggestions!

Nutritional Therapy for Poor Memory

  • Vitamin C and Vitamin E are important antioxidants that can improve cell functioning in the brain and protect it by reducing oxidative damage.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids help protect nerve cell membranes.
  • Zinc helps with proper nerve functioning. Take with Vitamin B6 for a synergistic effect.
  • Ginkgo Biloba (40 mg three times a day) helps support circulation in the brain.
  • Flavonoids can protect against oxidative damage (and may reverse) in the brain.

People who are worried about memory problems should see their doctor. If the doctor believes that the problem is serious, then a thorough physical, neurological, and psychiatric evaluation may be recommended.

For more information about how acupuncture may help you, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Sources:

“The effects of acupuncture (PC6) on chronic mild stress-induced memory loss.” Hyunyoung Kima, Hyun-Jung Parkb, Hyun Soo Shimd, Seung-Moo Hanc, Dae-Hyun Hahmd, Hyejung Leed, Insop Shimd. Neuroscience Letters. Volume 488, Issue 3, 25 1-2011, p 225-228.

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