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How acupuncture and the changes in life style can help to treat chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs)?

The chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), (or labeled by the medical professions as myalgic encephalomyelitis "ME") is a debilitating medical condition caused by either physiological or psychological factors. The causes of this disease have not been identified and no specific diagnostic tests are available and in view of Western medicine, it is a disorder of unknown etiology with signs and symptoms treated by symptomatic methods.

The clinical picture of this syndrome is characterized by insomnia (unsound sleep with nightmares),dizziness,
headache, tinnitus, catatonia, anxiety and amnesia in the daytime. Although many patients with CFS looks
physically well and usually shows a significant normal physical examination and normal laboratory investigation
results. However, the disease is often complicated by certain other chronic diseases.


Traditional Chinese Acupuncture views CSF very differently from Western medicine. The disease is resulted from the immune system breakdown because of toxicity in the body caused by one of four likely conditions: latent heat (after severe flu or viral infection), damp heat, blood deficiency or qi deficiency.

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers CSF as one of the 40 diseases treatable by acupuncture.

The UK Acupuncture Clinics offers a natural and alternative treatment for this disorder, which has baffled western
doctors for years. The treatment includes stimulating the acupuncture points (with the specific organ systems
are stimulated) in order to create more qi and blood in the body, as well as to address specific symptoms.
We advise all patients to adapt a lifestyle changes with a healthy diet or taking up certain exercises in order
to overcome the qi or blood deficiency or other condition that has caused the signs and symptoms..


Everyone, at one time or another, feels fatigued. And who wou ldn't like to have more energy that they now have? Unfortunately, having more energy is a lot like having more money- it is easier to talk about it than to get it. Of course, the broad prescription from doctors is still the same:

Get plenty of rest, eat a balanced diet, and exercise. But the physicians and other authorities on fatigue go beyond
these generalities and offer more specific, high-octane suggestions:.

1. Warm up
Give yourself an extra 15 minutes in the morning before you start your day. That way you do not start off feeling rushed and tired.

2. Know where you are going
If you do not, you will probably be too tired to get there. Take time each morning to set specific goals for the day. Determine what you want to do; do not let the routine control you.

3. Arrest the energy robbers
If it is a problem on the job, or if it is a family feud, you have got to resolve it. But if you can not resolve your problem, at
least take a vacation form the situation. So if you are trying to hold down a second job, quit it or take a leave of absence. And if relatives have overstayed their welcome, politely suggest they visit again- in about three years.

4. Turn off to turn on
Television is famous- make that infamous- for lulling human beings into lethargy. Try reading instead and that has to be more energizing.

5. Work out to rev up
Exercise actually gives you energy. So give yourself a dose of energetic exercise- brisk walking is enough- three to five times a week, for 20 to 30 minutes each time and no later than 2 hours before bedtime.

6. Tackle one thing at a time
Make lists. Many times, people feel fatigued because they think. "" I have so much to do I do not know where to start"".  By setting priorities and charting your progress as you make your way through the list, you can remain focused and energetic.

7. Take one a day
If you are guilty of missing meals, dieting, or not eating properly, taking one multivitamin and mineral supplement a day is a good idea. A lack of good nutrition can cause fatigue, and a supplement can help make up for the missing nutrients. But don't look to a vitamin to give you instant energy. It is wrong to think that when you are tired you just take more vitamins and feel better. Only eating properly and healthy diet can do that.

8. Teach your body to tell time
Circadian rhythm (or biological O'clock) acts as our bodies' internal clocks, raising and lowering blood pressure and body temperature at different times throughout the day. This chemical action causes the "swings" we experience- from feeling alert to feeling mentally and physically fogged in. So why some people’s peaks times are so inconvenient- like late at night? Perhaps without even knowing it, people work themselves into a particular time cycle. So that, changing your schedule, as much as practically possible, to complement your circadian rhythms. This can be done simply by getting up a little sooner or a little later - say 15 minutes - until you feel comfortable with it. Keep it up until you reach your desired schedule.

9. Quit smoking
Doctors always advise giving up smoking, but add this to the list of reasons: smoking adversely affects the delivery of oxygen to tissues and the result is fatigue. When you first quit (by your own effort or by the help of acupuncture), however, don't expect an immediate energy boost. Nicotine acts as a stimulant, and withdrawal may cause some temporary tiredness.

10. Make exercise an all-day activity
Whether you work out early, at lunchtime, or in the evening, don't save all your exercising for one block of time. Get up and move around at least every couple of hours. The options are limitless: the executive who rides a stationary bicycle in the privacy of his office, the medical doctor who runs hospital stairs, and the researcher who does isometric exercises sitting at his/her disk.

11. Blow out the candle
Burning the candle at both ends- not going to bed until 2:00 A.M. and getting up at 5:00 A.M. for example - will leave you feeling burned out. Don't shortchange yourself on sleep.

12. Breathe deeply
It is one of the best ways to relax and energize at the same time, according to doctors and athletes.

13. Limit alcohol intake
Alcohol is a depressant and will calm you down, not rev you up. Try to avoid or limit your alcohol intake or don't drink at all.

14. Eat a light lunch
Some doctors advise a light lunch to avoid a severe case of the post-lunch-I-want-to-sleep
-on-my-desk blues. And for some people, this probably the advice to follow: Soup and salad and a piece of fruit are light but nutritious.

15. Open your mind to energy
Where your mind goes, your body goes. That the mind can influence the body is now generally accepted. Here are some beneficial attitudes that can affect your energy level:
- Think positive
- Be motivated
- Be confident

16. Drink up
Not booze but water. The day before you are going to be out in the hot sun and physically active, doctors advise that you drink plenty of water and continue to do so on the day of the activity. This will guard against dehydration, which in turn can cause fatigue.

17. Rethink your medications
Do you really need to take all those prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines? If not, you may be shocked at what eliminating or reducing dosages of certain medications may do for you. Sleeping pills, for example, are notorious for their next-day hang-over effects. But also among the villians, according to doctors, are high blood pressure medicines and cough and cold medicines. If you suspect a medication is guilty of grand theft energy, discuss it with your doctor, may be he can change your prescription, or better yet, take you off the medicine all together. But never stop taking a prescription medication without your doctor's approval.

18. Curb your caffeine
One or two cups of coffee can work to kick you into gear in the morning, but its benefits usually end there. Too much caffeine is just as bad as too much of anything. Drinking it throughout the day for an energy boost can actually backfire. Caffeine is a magician, it makes you feel like you have more energy; but you really don't.

If you need further information on CFS , please contact the CLINICAL DIRECTOR DR. EMAD TUKMACHI (link)  or to make an appointment at one of our UK ACUPUNCTURE CLINICS, please telephone or email us