Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Have you been suffering from long-standing fatigue that doesn’t go away after sleep? Do you have other puzzling symptoms that do not go away either? Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition that causes extreme fatigue along with multiple symptoms ranging from muscle pain to sleep problems. CFS is closely related to fibromyalgia. In conventional medicine, CFS is difficult to diagnose and the biomedical cause is unknown. For this reason, conventional medicine has little to offer people who suffer from symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. At Tao of Wellness, we use traditional therapies like acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, and mind body exercise as safe and effective ways to treat symptoms of CFS. We are happy to customize a treatment plan that eases the debilitating symptoms of CFS so you can regain your energy and your life again.
How We Successfully Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
At Tao of Wellness, we understand the complexity and debilitating effects of Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Each patient’s presentation of CFS can be unique and different. The fatigue a patient experience is not the kind of tired feeling that goes away after resting. Instead, it lasts for a long time and limits one’s ability to carry out ordinary daily activities. CFS is currently defined as severe fatigue lasting more than 6 months while experiencing at least four of the following symptoms:
- Feeling unwell for more than 24 hours after physical activity
- Non-refreshing sleep
- Muscle pain
- Poor memory and concentration
- Pain in multiple joints
- Recurring sore throat
- Tender lymph nodes
- Abdominal bloating and gas
- Environmental sensitivity
- Recurring yeast infections
Because CFS is so difficult to diagnose, it affects more people than statistics show, yet in recent years CFS has been on the rise. More than half a million Americans may suffer from this condition without being aware of it. People 40 to 50 years old and especially women are more commonly affected. It is suspected that CFS has multiple triggers, such as severe emotional or physical stress and trauma, prolonged viral or bacterial infections, immune dysfunctions, thyroid problems, toxic exposure, as well as nutritional deficiencies. Conventional medicine has little to offer people suffering from CFS. Medications used to treat the symptoms include antidepressants, sleeping pills, anti-inflammatory medications, and painkillers. These medications may temporarily help with symptoms but may not be able to resolve the chronic fatigue.
Regardless of how long you’ve suffered or what medications and supplements you’re already taking, making an appointment at Tao of Wellness is in your best interest to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. We’re an integrative clinic that works alongside the other doctors on your medical team. You’ll start by setting up an initial consultation where one of our doctors will review your current condition in addition to your medical history. We want to know what symptoms you have along with the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of your life. After your consultation, you’ll be recommended an individualized treatment plan that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy. Tuina bodywork, mind body exercise, and infinichi energy therapy may also be recommended. Your Tao of Wellness doctor will then answer any questions you have before beginning your therapy.
Our Customized Therapies for Overcoming Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Customized Treatment Program
Chinese Medicine is a holistic healing modality that focuses not only on treating your symptoms but also on supporting optimal function of all your bodily systems. There is no one program for everyone who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). At Tao of Wellness, your doctor will work with you in developing a plan that is personalized just for you. Your therapies will be performed at our clinic but you will also learn self-healing tools for your daily life. What you do every day at home will have a lasting impact on how you recover from CFS and work toward keeping it away.
There are therapeutic points all over the body that aid in reducing symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome while also addressing the underlying disharmony. Being that each person’s experience of CFS can be different, each acupuncture treatment is just as varied. You may receive acupuncture on your head, ears, arms, legs, back, or chest. Almost anywhere acupuncture is applied it fosters a very relaxing experience. The same calming, mood-elevating, and energizing neurotransmitters that are released from your brain during exercise, are secreted during an acupuncture session. Learn more about acupuncture.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is an effective therapy for the treatment of CFS. Herbs like ginseng, licorice, astragalus, cordyceps, and schizandra are used to increase energy and strengthen immune function. Like any other Chinese medical therapy, there is no singular CFS formula. Based on your unique CFS experience, a customized herbal combination will be made for you. Learn more about Chinese herbal medicine.
A balance of the right foods can help the body heal itself. Improper nutrition and lifestyle, on the other hand, can complicate disease and prolong its course. Each of our patients receives nutritional information but a nutritional consultation allows our doctors to assess your current nutrition and eating habits. A specific nutritional program is designed for you to follow, complete with custom meals and snacks. In general, patients suffering from CFS should avoid alcohol, smoking, recreational drugs, caffeine, as well as other pro-inflammatory foods such as refined sugar, cow products, processed and artificially flavored foods, and nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, and eggplant). Carbohydrates are the main energy source for the body. However, many CFS patients feel better with diets that specifically utilize vegetables and fruits as their source of carbohydrates. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals which are important to recovery. Eating smaller, more frequent meals at a similar time each day, avoiding late night eating, and drinking at least 60 ounces of room temperature water eases CFS symptoms. Each time you eat is an opportunity to heal yourself.
Vitamins, minerals, and enzymes work together in the body to maintain all chemical reactions, including energy production. When nutritional deficiencies are implicated as a cause of CFS, supplements are often recommended. Important vitamins for CFS include vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carotene, Vitamin E, Vitamin B complex, zinc, chromium, magnesium, and others. Essential fatty acids and coenzyme Q-10, as well as amino acid supplementation are also beneficial. Your doctor will provide you with a specific combination of supplements that fits your body’s unique needs. Learn more about Nutritional Therapy.
Mind Body Exercise
Tai chi and qi gong are excellent healing exercises for people with chronic fatigue. These exercises are gentle, relaxing, and supportive for building energy. Recent studies confirm the benefits of these exercises for CFS sufferers. Excessive exercise can actually make CFS worse and lead to setbacks from overexertion. Start by exercising 10 minutes a day, and increase by 5 minutes each week until you reach 45 minutes. Be patient and gradually increase your activity level. At Tao of Wellness you’ll find a choice of certified instructors of several forms of tai chi and qi gong. Your doctor will work with you in determining the right practice as a supplement to your other exercise and nutrition regimens. Learn more about tai chi and qi gong.
InfiniChi Energy Therapy
InfiniChi is Chinese medical energy therapy in the Tao of Wellness tradition. This is a series of non-touch techniques that aim to support your energy as well as alleviate various symptoms of CFS. You’ll have the opportunity before and after your treatment to communicate the changes you feel. And your doctor will likely prescribe simple homework of breathing or visualization exercises to keep this therapy working for you when you’re not in our clinic. Learn more about InfiniChi.
Tuina is a Chinese medical massage that has more than 3000 years of history in Chinese Medicine. Tuina involves unique bodywork techniques using the hands and other tools to stimulate the healthy flow of vital energy, blood, oxygen, nutrients and body fluids to weakened systems of the body, thus activating the patient’s self-healing mechanism. Tuina bodywork will help resolve joint pain, muscle pain, and cleanse the body of inflammatory waste products which may have served to prolong healing. Learn more about tuina.
Chronic Fatigue Success Stories
Back to Living a Full, Normal Life
Donna is 35 years old and had constant fatigue, muscle and joint pain throughout her body, and difficulty performing even simple tasks such as reading. She was unable to think clearly or concentrate for any length of time. She dragged herself through life even though she appeared normal from the outside. This caused her further frustration because the people around her could not understand why she was unable to function normally. Prior to coming to Tao of Wellness, Donna had seen many specialists without being able to get any help for her symptoms. After her initial consultation and assessment at our clinic, it was clear Donna’s problem stemmed from a lingering viral infection that was weakening the digestive and adrenal systems. Donna was given an anti-inflammatory eating plan, a qi gong routine to practice daily, weekly acupuncture, and a custom Chinese herbal formula designed to carry out the viral toxins while reducing inflammation and improving digestive and adrenal function. After 6 months, Donna reported her fatigue and symptoms had reduced 95% and that she was back to living a full and normal life.
Natural Healthcare for Chronic Fatigue
Tao of Wellness was established in 1976 as a resource to address chronic fatigue. We strive to support you in mind and body, and invite you to make an appointment for your health and wellbeing. It would be our pleasure to serve you.