CHRONIC FATIGUE TREATMENT
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
How does it work?
Acupuncture may help with the treatment of chronic fatigue by:
Stimulation of nerves in muscles and other tissues, leading to the release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes in pain pathways
Reducing inflammation by encouraging the release of immunomodulatory and vascular factors
Increasing melatonin secretion to improve sleep
Improving local microcirculation to relieve muscle stiffness and promote joint mobility
The main symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome is fatigue for over six months. People with CFS report feelings of persistent and overwhelming exhaustion or fatigue. They feel physically and mentally fatigued and their condition does not improve with sleep or rest. They are not refreshed after waking from sufficient sleep but feel just as tired as when they retired to bed.
Other common symptoms of CFS may include:
Muscle or joint pain, malaise
Confusion, lack of concentration, memory decline
Inability to exercise or unusual tiredness after exercise
Headaches, sore throat
Sensitivity to pain
Fatigue might be the only symptoms in CFS for some, while others will have a broad range of different symptoms. Some people experience mild symptoms and are able to manage the day while others experience severe symptoms that significantly impact their daily lives. Currently, no specific laboratory tests are used to diagnose CFS. Your doctor will diagnose CFS based on your clinical symptoms and how long you’ve been experiencing them. They may also conduct other tests to rule out other possible causes.