Acupuncture Can Relieve Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Studies have shown that acupuncture is effective at treating chronic fatigue and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, migraines, and arthritis, to name a few. For those seeking alternatives to over-the-counter and/or prescription medicines, acupuncture might be a viable option. Acupuncture might also serve as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for those testing several options in search for what works best at treating their symptoms and bettering their lives.

First, what is acupuncture? A few centuries old, acupuncture originated in China and is essentially a method of using very fine needles to trigger nerve stimulation in various spots on the body. It is a holistic medicine meant to restore balance of energy within the body. In Chinese, this energy is known as qi (or chi). Some believe that disease is actually caused by a disruption and imbalance in energy and mindfulness, and acupuncture is believed revitalize that positive energy. The end result is referred to as yin and yang.

Scientifically, what practitioners believe is happening is the creation of nerve signals activated by the needles. When certain nerves are sparked they send messages to the brain that cause the brain to activate a response. For instance, acupuncture can stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. The hypothalamus controls bodily functions such as, sleep, regulating body temperature, and appetite. The pituitary gland releases necessary hormones. Acupuncture also increases the release of endorphins, which are known as the "happy hormone."

It is also believed that acupuncture helps reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system and increases energy levels. It does this by affecting the body's cytokines, which are proteins secreted by the immune system that influence the way cells interact. There are certain cytokines that induce inflammation and acupuncture has proven to reduce these particular pro-inflammatory cytokines.

There is no "one way" to do acupuncture. Every case is different and will treated as such. An expert acupuncturist will begin with a consultation before proceeding with any action. They will fully assess your symptoms, how you are feeling and communicate with you regarding your overall health and well-being. The better your acupuncturists understands you the better they can tailor their service.

As it's been mentioned before, since there is no known cause for chronic fatigue or chronic pain it is difficult to treat. Trial and error is the only option. Perhaps acupuncture is something to consider. Acupuncture can also be tried in tandem with other holistic remedies or prescription medications. Also, contrary to what one may believe, acupuncture is not painful. There might be a quick sting as a needle is inserted, but it is otherwise painless.

It's also important to note that acupuncturists are educated and trained in order to practice. If acupuncture is something you would like to try, shop around and find someone you are comfortable with. Or, speak with your health care provider about possible recommendations.