A Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic
Natural Therapies - Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
It is often difficult to discover its cause with modern diagnostic methods. Fortunately, diagnosing
and treating this sort of generalized complaint is one of the strong points of traditional Chinese medicine.
The most common diagnoses in cases of chronic fatigue syndrome are deficiency of Qi, or Blood, or Yang,
and many cases are a combination of these syndromes.
The power of Chinese medicine is in a personalized treatment. Therefore a comprehensive consultation and
assessment is scheduled on your first visit in order to classify which organs involved, the Lungs, Spleen, and
Kidneys or combination 2 or 3 organs or/and Blood deficiency.
Acupuncture therapy is administered to bring energy to deficient organs, and moxibustion may be applied to
important systemic points to bring new energy into the body. Acupuncture points are selected according to
your individual condition that tonifies the vital substances, since a deficiency of one or more organs is
usually the underlying cause of fatigue. When combined with herbal therapy, a course of treatment typically
takes place over a few weeks or months, depending on the severity of the problem.
Most Qi toniying herbal remedies boost energy by improving the function of the Lungs, Spleen, and Kidneys
functions. Typically, these herbal remedies are taken for a few months, since chronic deficiency syndromes
take longer to recover.
Fatigue Caused by Qi Deficiency
In cases of Qi deficiency, there may be no physical abnormality, but the body lacks sufficient energy to
perform various functions. In addition to fatigue, the patient has a weak pulse, pale tongue, bright pale face,
and, possibly, shortness of breath and poor appetite, depending on the organs involved, like the Lungs,
Spleen, and Kidneys etc.
Fatigue Caused by Blood Deficiency
In cases of blood deficiency, there is insufficient blood to nourish the organs and tissues of the body. In mild
cases, the blood count may be within the normal range, while more severe cases are diagnosed as anemia,
which can occur as a result of decreased bone marrow function, vitamin or iron deficiency, general
malnutrition, blood loss from excessive menstrual flow, or an abnormal destruction of red blood cells.
In traditional Chinese medicine, anemia is associated with a deficiency of vital substances in the Heart, Liver,
Spleen, and Kidneys.
Other Causes of Fatigue
A deficiency of both Spleen Qi and Heart blood produces dizziness, poor appetite, and fatigue, with a pale
face and tongue.