Acupuncture and Relief from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
We’ve all experienced days where we had to work with too little sleep, but for those who deal with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), those days never end. It’s a disease that can drain away your physical and mental strength and is frequently misunderstood or undiagnosed. Up to 30 million people around the world suffer from CFS, and if you’re one of them, it can feel like you’re fighting a constant uphill battle.
CFS can appear out of nowhere. One day, you might be feeling the same as you always do, and the next morning, you might wake up feeling like you have a horrible case of the flu – and it never goes away. As with any chronic illness, CFS can drastically change your lifestyle and your relationships with others.
The good news is that, while this illness may not be curable, it is absolutely possible to find relief for your symptoms. Acupuncture is a holistic health care system that addresses the whole body, providing you with a way to address both the physical and mental challenges of CFS at the same time.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?
As the name suggests, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which also goes by myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is characterized by extreme fatigue or tiredness. This feeling of exhaustion doesn’t go away with rest, and can’t be explained or attributed to a separate, underlying medical condition. It’s frequently experienced by women in their forties or fifties, but it can affect individuals of all demographics. CFS can drastically change your ability to complete simple daily tasks and can make it hard to take part in regular social activities.
Unfortunately, the cause of CFS is still unknown. Researchers speculate that it could be caused by stress, viruses, the individual’s immune system, or changes in hormones. Genetic predisposition and environmental factors could also play a role in the development of CFS. It’s also notoriously hard to recognize; 75 out of every 10,000 children suffer from CFS, but only 5% are correctly diagnosed. While there currently isn’t a cure, it is possible to manage the symptoms.
Those who suffer from CFS will usually experience symptoms such as:
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Tender or swollen lymph nodes
- Feeling unwell after physical activity
The severity of these symptoms can vary from patient to patient. Some of those with CFS may experience mild to medium severity of their symptoms, making daily tasks challenging or more tiring than normal. Others may experience severe symptoms, making it impossible to get out of bed, speak, or walk without assistance.
How Acupuncture Benefits Those With CFS
Studies have shown that acupuncture benefits those suffering from CFS by helping to reduce physical and mental symptoms. Acupuncture helps stimulate the nervous system, which encourages the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. This can reduce an individual’s sensitivity to pain and stress and promote feelings of relaxation. This effect may be particularly useful in relieving feelings of depression or anxiety, which can manifest as a co-morbid condition to CFS.
There are no age restrictions to acupuncture, which means that it can be a viable means of relief for all those dealing with CFS, no matter how old or young they are when the disease appears. Side effects, if any, are usually restricted to light bruising, and many clients leave feeling refreshed, relaxed, and reinvigorated.
Acupuncture is also effective at reducing inflammation and muscle soreness, which in turn can reduce pain and swelling. As each acupuncture treatment is designed with the individual’s unique symptoms in mind, your acupuncture therapist will be able to create a treatment plan specific to your CFS. They will explain your underlying imbalances, a projected timeline of care, and what types of treatment will be utilized.
How to Get Started & Find Relief
Getting started with acupuncture is as easy as deciding to try it. Acupuncture promotes natural healing, and, in addition to providing you with support for your physical and emotional health, can improve your overall function and well-being on a daily basis.
For more information on how acupuncture benefits those with CFS and other ailments, call our office at (201) 843-3633 or contact us online.
March 17, 2020