Sometimes it seems like fatigue is an inevitable result of modern living. Often we are so busy we don’t even have time to realize how exhausted we really are. Many people opt for the dramatic – a sea change or tree change, to slow their pace and give them a bit of peace. But not all of us can, or want to, uproot our lives and opt for a slower pace. So what can you do to beat the fatigue and give you some energy back?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is all about the balance of energy – yin and yang. So it makes sense that when you are feeling depleted of energy, Chinese Medicine can help. In Chinese Medicine, Yin is a slower energy, related to resting, meditation and breathing, and Yang is a faster energy related to exercise mental challenges and concentration. When the balance of these two energies is not right, problems occur – including fatigue.
There is a wide range of factors that can cause ongoing fatigue. There are the obvious medical conditions, such as anaemia or hypothyroidism, but then there are the less obvious, including:
Post Viral Fatigue – Recovery from a virus can sometimes be a slow process. Even when the virus has passed, you can be left feeling sluggish and tired. This type of fatigue can also be caused by intestinal parasites picked up when travelling, or diseases like Dengue Fever.
Adrenal Fatigue – this can be caused by extended periods of metal or emotional stress. A demanding work and family life – even just having too much on your plate for too long can cause Adrenal Fatigue or Exhaustion.
Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Dysfunction – these three glands form a major neuroendocrine system that produces hormones to control stress and regulate functions like digestion and the immune system. A key function of this system is the storage and expenditure, so dysfunction can cause fatigue.
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a combination of herbs, acupuncture, and diet and lifestyle to treat all forms of fatigue and restore homeostasis (stability and balance) in the body.
Depending on the specific cause of the fatigue and the severity of the condition, patients should expect treatment will take several months, although improvement of the condition will begin much sooner than that.
If you are suffering from fatigue and would like to find out how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you, call our Baulkham Hills clinic on (02) 9639 7337 and make an appointment to see our specialist practitioner and get yourself back up to speed.