There are many factors involved with fatigue. If you are overtired, overworked, or highly stressed, acupuncture might be able to pinpoint the culprit, give some extra pep and help you kick those afternoon blues. Read more below on how we can help you spark your energy!
Acupuncture for fatigue: Let’s dive in
If you are one in the millions of people who suffer from low energy or fatigue. You know how it can dramatically affect your day to day. Did you know there is acupuncture for fatigue?
It is a common question I get in my office. Most people come in for another concern like back pain, migraines, or digestive issue but also have fatigue.
Patients report that they actually notice a change in their energy as a result of following our treatment plan!
How acupuncture views fatigue
There are many factors involved with fatigue. If you are overtired, overworked, or highly stressed, acupuncture might be able to pinpoint the culprit, give some extra pep and help you kick those afternoon blues.
In acupuncture theory, the idea of treatment is to find the root of the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms. In the case of fatigue, there are many possible root causes to feeling tired including: stress, depression, over exercising, lack of sleep, poor diet, poor absorption of nutrients and vitamin deficiency. Of course, these can overlap and one can exacerbate the other.
Acupuncture for fatigue: Let’s look at a few basic syndromes associated with fatigue.
–Spleen Qi deficiency and dampness:
This mainly comes from poor digestion and malabsorption of nutrients from an insufficient diet. Associated symptoms are a pale complexion, gas and bloating, to name a few. Dampness is excessive mucus and a feeling of heaviness in the head and body usually seen in overweight individuals. Since food is not transformed and transported well, food is not being absorbed adequately, which can lead to feeling sluggish. Treatment focuses on digestive issues and lifestyle choices to increase energy.
Similar to anemia, symptoms are pale complexion, dizziness and fatigue. Treatment focuses on building blood, herbal formulas and dietary advice.
–Yin or yang deficiency:
The body continually strives to achieve a yin and yang balance, as does everything in the universe. If there is an imbalance in one of these, there will be a relative change in the other. For example, if one is yin deficient the symptoms would include heat, dryness, sweating, irritability and thirst. This is seen typically in menopausal women, as the yin declines with hormone changes and normal aging.
On the other hand, yang deficiency (common in male aging and low testosterone) would have cold signs such as feeling cold, having low energy, weakness in the legs and wanting to curl up. The lower yang energy influences the balance of yin. This is so the yin is relatively higher. Treatment consists of building the deficiency and balancing your yin and yang.
In other terms, if it is a hormone imbalance, treatment would safely adjust hormone levels with safe and effective herbal formulas and acupuncture.
Shen refers to the mind and spirit. If one is stressed, angry and having anxiety, it may disrupt sleep patterns, which would cause fatigue. Unhappiness with one’s situation causes great emotional fatigue and lethargy. Feeling stuck causes stagnation in the liver channel and disrupts the free flow of energy. Treatment would include calming the mind and adjusting lifestyle choices.
One of the tools in the toolbox we use for care is acupuncture. Getting a glimpse into how and why acupuncture works and how we classify fatigue is key to getting to the root cause. We are all about root cause medicine and helping you break-free from your symptoms so you can live a life free of pain and full of energy.
If you suffer from low energy and fatigue, please give our office a call today, (425) 686-4498 to see how we can help!
Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. She is a pain specialist, seeing people who suffer from chronic pain, migraines, as well as digestive issues. Offering pain relief injections, acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, and nutrition consults. Most insurances accepted. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free on Amazon.
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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc
- Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
- Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
- Master’s Degree in Chemistry
Northern Arizona University
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