Acupuncture Myths and Misconceptions

Acupuncture Myths and Misconceptions

Acupuncture is an alternative form of medicine originating from ancient Chinese health practices. For over two thousand years, treatments have effectively alleviated pain and improved numerous types of health conditions.

This traditional Chinese method involves inserting extremely thin needles at strategic points in the body in order to restore blocked or disrupted pathways. The needles are designed to naturally fuel anatomic sites and help to bring your energy flow back to full functionality.

Acupuncture is especially recommended to treat the following symptoms:

·         chronic pain

·         stress/anxiety

·         mood swings

·         irregular

·         headaches and migraines

·         sleep deprivation

Even with acupuncture growing in popularity as an operative health treatment method, there are still a number of fallacies related to its technique and effectiveness.  To clarify, here are some myths related to acupuncture:

There is no real science behind acupuncture: MYTH

Because of its ancient, drug-free, non-invasive nature, acupuncture has often been categorized over the years as “folk medicine”. But for the past several decades, it has been widely accepted as an alternative medicine treatment option recommended by professional medical practitioners all over the world

Acupuncture hurts: MYTH

It’s fair to assume that any treatment involving needles will be painful; but in fact, acupuncture is known to be very relaxing. The needles are very thin and only sting slightly. If any discomfort is experienced in the beginning, it fades away just as quickly and leaves you feeling quite calm and peaceful.

It takes just a couple of treatments to heal: MYTH

Like any form of health therapy, the number of treatments will vary depending on the severity of the condition. Because so many patients feel instant relief after the first treatment, they believe it’s sufficient. In reality, one or two treatments alleviate the symptoms remedy the origin of the problem. It can sometimes take weekly appointments lasting several months to treat more acute, complex, or chronic conditions.

Acupuncture doesn’t attack the problem: MYTH

Acupuncture is not a Band-Aid treatment. In fact, acupuncture needles are meant to teach the body systems to heal themselves. The needles function in a way that stimulates crucial parts of the body to produce natural painkillers which reduce inflammation, improve digestive function, sleep apnea, and fight many serious illnesses. If the body heals itself, then no additional invasive treatment or pills are needed. Symptoms will alleviate as a result of a healthy, fully-functional body.

If you’re experiencing any of pain or chronic health problems, make an appointment with us today to determine whether acupuncture is the ideal course of treatment for you.


Tammy Lalonde Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist at Red Leaf Wellness

Tammy Lalonde, MSAOM BS Dipl.Ac LAc RAc Paramedic

About the Author

Tammy Lalonde is the Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist at Red Leaf Wellness in Edmonton, Alberta and has deep expertise in both ancient Eastern healing techniques as well as modern Western medicine.  She is also a Critical Care Paramedic.  Tammy earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Oriental Medicine from California’s prestigious South Baylo University and her diploma in Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedicine) from Augustana University.  She holds active licensure with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the College of Acupuncture and Associates of Alberta (CAAA), the California Acupuncture Board and the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP).

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized as an excessive tiredness and fatigue. It’s considered a complex disorder because it cannot be explained by a specific medical condition. Physical and mental activity can worsen this condition while rest doesn’t seem to make things better either. So how can one tackle this? Here is a little more information about the cause and effects of CFS and how acupuncture can play a key role in addressing symptoms.

Causes

While there is very little to explain the cause of CFS, there are many theories that point to a combination of factors like viral infections, digestive malabsorption, the impacts of psychological stress on the immune system, and the exertion and malfunctioning of our adrenal glands.

Over time, stress truly takes a toll on our body. Our adrenal glands are responsible for producing a variety of hormones and steroids like adrenalin, aldosterone, and cortisol that kick in when we need them in order to handle stress. However, continual exertion and stress cause imbalances that affect…

  •      The production of corticosteroid levels — these are vitally important hormones that control our sleep/waking cycle, regulate our blood pressure, help to aid inflammation in the body, and generate energy from non-carbohydrate food intake.
  •      The production of mineralocorticoids — these regulate our fluid and mineral excretion that is directly related to our energy levels.
  •      The medulla — an area of the adrenal glands that secretes adrenalin, norepinephrine, and dopamine neurotransmitters that contribute to our stress response. They can have an effect on digestion, awareness, and blood flow to the brain and muscles.

Effects

The effects of CFS can vary person-to-person. It’s mostly known for fatigue and excessive tiredness which can also present symptoms like:

  •      Memory loss
  •      Trouble concentrating
  •      Sore throats
  •      Unexplained muscle pain
  •      Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck
  •      Headaches (different types ranging in severity)
  •      Unrefreshing sleep (waking up tired)
  •      Extreme exhaustion that lasts more than 24h

How acupuncture can help

Traditional drug treatments for CFS include antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs and so on. They unfortunately only suppress symptoms but do not actually relieve the body on a deeper level. Acupuncture works to refresh and reset your internal body. Since the adrenal glands sit above the kidneys and have a profound effect on kidney function, acupuncture treatments focus on the deficiency of Qi in the Kidney and Spleen meridians that are concerned with this region of the body. A deficiency of Qi can be found in any of the other meridians in the body, like for instance, the Lung and Liver meridians as well. There is usually not just one deficiency that connects to CFS, which is why patients always have a thorough assessment before treatment begins.

Additionally, releasing stagnation and blockages in all imbalanced meridians helps to improve blood flow to induce relaxation, address the sleep/wake cycle (for better sleep) and provide a deep and strong treatment to remedy pressing CFS symptoms. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and your health background, your acupuncturist may recommend herbs such as energizers like ginseng or Echinacea that can help to increase immune responses.

Moxibustion, a technique in which a herb is burned over specific acupuncture points, may also be recommended in addition to regular acupuncture to increase the effectiveness of the treatment. Other ways to make a treatment effective may include lifestyle changes and dietary changes.

Acupuncture is an excellent way to get a hold of CFS and improve symptoms. Maintenance of your body and mind will bring it into a state of healing and equilibrium so you can enjoy a far better quality of life! Are you suffering from any of these symptoms? Make an appointment with us today.

 

Acupuncture for Hormonal Imbalance

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Acupuncture for Hormonal Imbalance

Did you know that nearly 80% of women suffer from symptoms due to a hormonal imbalance and that men can also suffer from gradual hormonal imbalances as they age? The truth is, hormonal imbalances are often very difficult to deal with and are hard to detect. They tend to manifest themselves into various symptoms over time as the body develops and changes over the years.

In both cases, exposure to toxins, diet, lifestyle and more can make huge impacts on the progression of these imbalances in how they affect our mental health and whether they turn into future disease. Here is more about the causes and effects of hormonal imbalances and how acupuncture can play a helpful role as treatment.

Key Factors for Women

Both the causes and effects of hormonal imbalances are often intertwined with one another. While age, menopause and adrenal hormones are key factors, many other factors like prolonged stress, dieting, exposure to synthetic hormones (from birth control methods) and xenoestrogens (found in household, personal hygiene products and cosmetics) can also have an impact on hormonal imbalances.

Repeated exposure to these chemicals and stress on the body is enough to worsen hereditary problems or trigger new diseases as a response over time.

Some associated health conditions with hormonal imbalances include:

Fibromyalgia — affecting the soft tissue and musculoskeletal system

Digestive bowel disorders — referring to a host of disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Endometriosis — A pelvic pain condition where tissue gets caught outside of the uterus

PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PMS/PMDD — Premenstrual symptoms that can range from mild to extremely severe

Adrenal Fatigue — Feelings of exhaustion and depletion

Thyroid issues – Including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism (explained below)

Key Symptoms Women Face

Anxiety and depression

Pain

Inflammation

Bloating

Excessive exhaustion during hormone changes

Weight gain

Insulin resistance

Increased risk of breast cance

Issues with ovulation (fertility)

… and much more.

Key Factors for Men

For men, aging is a key factor. A man can lose up to 14% of his testosterone for each decade he lives, which contributes to an imbalance. Some associated conditions related with hormonal imbalances in men include

Andropause — a form of menopause men experience as their testosterone levels decline

Adrenal fatigue — manifested stress over a prolonged period of time affects the production of the stress hormone cortisol, causing excessive exhaustion and feelings of depletion

Hypothyroidism — underactive thyroid glands that do not produce enough thyroid hormones to function that slows body metabolism

Hyperthyroidism — an overactive thyroid gland resulting in too many thyroid hormone levels (shown through an abnormally increased metabolism)

Key Symptoms Men Experience

The following symptoms that many men face are not part of the aging process but part of a greater hormonal imbalance that gradually presents itself.

Some problems include:

Low libido

Fatigue

Erectile dysfunction

Memory loss

Increased body fat

Depression and anxiety

Mood swings and irritability

Sleep problems (sleep apnea, night sweats, insomnia)

Heart palpitations

Constipation or increased bowel movements

… and more.

How Acupuncture Can Help

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, hormonal imbalances and their related conditions and symptoms, are connected to the functioning of the Liver. The Liver is responsible for metabolism and our emotions. When it isn’t functioning properly, it can throw the body out of balance and our hormones along with it.

Acupuncture has a regulating effect on the body. It removes excess heat caused from dilated blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure. Liver detoxification in particular, is highly important in eliminating the factors that cause hormonal imbalances to regulate levels of estrogen and progesterone in women and declining rates of testosterone in men. Your acupuncturist will determine what exact treatment is needed for you. With a combination of acupuncture, the appropriate diet, the right amount of exercise, sleep and hydration you will see immediate changes in your body’s equilibrium as symptoms start to lessen, become manageable or disappear altogether!

Are you suffering from any of the health conditions or symptoms mentioned above? Please come in and see us for an appointment today!

Conquering Anxiety with Acupuncture

Conquering Anxiety with Acupuncture

Anxiety is a very tough and debilitating mental illness with a large spectrum. In Canada, 2.6% of people from ages 15 and over suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a disorder characterized by frequent and persistent worry and excessive anxiety in their lives. Anxiety can be applied to a wide range of contexts like stress levels at work, school, life choices and the state of the world, upbringing, genetics and more. In addition to different contexts, each person also has different triggers and reactions to anxiety that can range from mild to severe.

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada, one in four Canadians (25%) will have at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime (aside from generalized anxiety disorder). There are 7 anxiety disorders across the spectrum aside from GAD, as anxiety happens to be one of the most common of all mental illnesses. This can be attributed to a fast-paced life, societal expectations, and social pressures that can affect a person’s day-to-day quality of life.

Signs and symptoms

Anxiety is best seen over time. If you’re continually nervous, worried, have racing thoughts, anticipate problems or even have paranoid tendencies, these are all signs of anxiety. It’s normal in life to have short and circumstantial periods of this, but when it begins to rule your life, you must take measures to address it.

Emotional symptoms include:

  • Feeling apprehensive, in danger, anticipating the worst
  • Feelings of dread
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty with concentrating
  • Feeling tense, jumpy, irritable
  • Feeling low, tired, feeling like your mind is “blank” during or after experiencing anxiety

Aside from emotional symptoms, people notice their bodies go into different modes when they experience bouts of anxiety. If you are frequently dealing with any of the following, this may explain your anxiety.

Physical symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath, panic attacks
  • Dizzy and light-headedness
  • Fast heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Stomach upset
  • Muscle tension, soreness
  • Twitching and tremors
  • Insomnia at night, fatigue during the day
  • Exhaustion
  • Frequent urination or diarrhea

Current treatments

Anxiety can be treated in a number of ways. However, many conventional therapies only address parts of anxiety but not the whole. For instance, medication will ease mental symptoms but may not necessarily help with physical symptoms and will not address the root of the problem. However, using a combination of different therapies is helpful in reducing symptoms.

Some conventional modes of anxiety include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Medication

The goal of reducing anxiety is to balance life activities with the body and mind’s needs.

How acupuncture can help

Acupuncture’s goal is to bring the body, mind and spirit into a balance. It acts as a complementary alternative medicine (CAM) to the treatment given by your physician.

How does acupuncture help anxiety? It improves blood and air circulation that is responsible for constricted breath and an over stimulated nervous system, which are some of the physical symptoms, many people experience while dealing with anxiety. Acupuncture also soothes the body, activates deep breathing and stimulates the body’s natural relaxation response. When the body learns to relax in this way, anxiety is addressed from both the physical and mental standpoint.

Acupuncture is effective within the first few sessions and those with anxiety are able to feel relief quickly after starting treatment. This is because it attacks the problem from its source, improving the flow of Qi, life’s energy in the body, through the meridians. Releasing blockages from the meridians causes the nervous system to produce endorphins to soothe the body and activate its natural healing abilities. This sends a message to our brain that everything is going to be okay and gives the patient a sense of control over their anxiety.

If you’ve been suffering from anxiety, whether it’s been a long time or it’s new, please do not wait any longer to seek treatment. You have so much potential to get better and heal. Contact us today to make an appointment to get the process started and to gain control over your health again.

 

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture for Women with Endometriosis

Acupuncture for Women with Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a health condition that takes place in a woman’s body when the same endometrial cells that are found in the lining of the uterus are dislodged and begin to grow outside of the uterus and into other areas of the body. This can present difficulties to the bowels and bladder, cause abdominal and lower back pain, and affect the pelvic floor muscles; all of which are linked to a range of difficult symptoms a woman can face throughout her menstrual cycle.

Inflammatory reactions in the body, the development of scar tissue adhesions, and cysts filled with blood are all regular occurrences women with endometriosis face. This can affect how a woman feels every day, from her hormones to her energy levels. Endometriosis is also responsible for nearly half of fertility cases affecting one in ten women in their childbearing years.

Symptoms

  • Pelvic pain
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Significantly painful periods (with heavy bleeding)
  • Emotional repercussions (anxiety, depression, sadness)
  • Weakened immune system
  • Digestion issues
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriages

 How acupuncture can help

Right now, traditional Western medicine is treating endometriosis with hormone therapy to balance estrogen and progesterone levels in the body. Otherwise, pain medications are offered for all cases and surgery for those at a later stage in the disease. These are the only other options as to little known about the condition.

In Chinese medicine, the Uterus and Liver are closely linked. The Liver maintains the free flow of vital energy (Qi) throughout the body. The three meridians associated with endometriosis are the Liver, Kidney and Spleen, all of which run through the pelvis. By applying acupuncture to these areas, the stagnant Qi can be released from these meridians to reduce localized pain, distension, cramps and gas. Women who suffer from blood clots will also see a reduction in symptoms and an overall sense of relaxation will ease anxiety and help depression symptoms.

It’s very important for people who have endometriosis to minimize stress in their lives. Stress is the main culprit for these responses, especially feelings of anger and resentment, which can cause the Qi to stagnate. Qi stagnation is also the culprit for other symptoms of endometriosis like infertility, severe abdominal and back pain, irritability, depression, urinary problems, and headaches. Seeing an acupuncturist will allow your body to learn to heal itself and regain strength.

Do you or anyone you know suffer from this health condition? Please speak to your physician about complementary alternative medicines like acupuncture and get in touch with us to start the process of healing.

 

 

 

 

 

How Acupuncture Can Help You Quit Smoking

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How Acupuncture Can Help You Quit Smoking

Despite the fact that smoking is known to cause a host of health issues, it’s no easy task to curb the cravings. Did you know that acupuncture is a proven and effective method for quitting smoking? Here is how it can help.

Corresponding areas of the body

Acupuncture points on the ears are the most effective areas on the body when it comes to addressing cravings for cigarettes. The protocol in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is to use this set of acupuncture points to relieve tension build up that can contribute to cigarette cravings. The ear is a whole microsystem reflecting the entire body which includes the central nervous system. Many believe the cranial nerves, which are accessed through these points, stimulate the nervous system in a way that calms the cravings.

The relaxation response that comes from acupuncture is a main aspect of this idea. Similarly, the relaxation response that comes from working with the cranial nerves helps to address sleep and fatigue issues along with headaches – all of which are connected to smoking withdrawal. Headaches and sleep issues are all symptoms of an unstable nervous system, which is in need of relaxation. This is likely why a person feels they need a cigarette to relax.

Endorphins

Endorphins play a huge role in making us feel good. Using acupuncture to cultivate endorphins also eases cravings since you get that ‘rush’ from something other than cigarettes. This really helps with withdrawal periods and allows a person to overcome smoking more smoothly.

Combined Therapy

Acupuncture can be combined with Chinese herbs put together by a certified herbalist. Herbs can also help to support different areas of the body that may be in flux while you’re trying to quit smoking. It can decrease urges, help withdrawal symptoms, and stabilize the body in this transition.

Your dedication to acupuncture sessions along with other healthy initiatives will be significant in your journey to quit smoking. Each person takes their own time but an acupuncturist will work with you to develop a set plan that makes the most sense for your needs. Get in touch with us today to book an appointment.

 


Tammy Lalonde Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist at Red Leaf Wellness

Tammy Lalonde, MSAOM BS Dipl.Ac LAc RAc Paramedic

About the Author

Tammy Lalonde is the Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist at Red Leaf Wellness in Edmonton, Alberta and has deep expertise in both ancient Eastern healing techniques as well as modern Western medicine.  She is also a Critical Care Paramedic.  Tammy earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Oriental Medicine from California’s prestigious South Baylo University and her diploma in Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedicine) from Augustana University.  She holds active licensure with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the College of Acupuncture and Associates of Alberta (CAAA), the California Acupuncture Board and the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP).

 


 

All you Need to Know About Acupuncture and Liver Function

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All you Need to Know About Acupuncture and Liver Function

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Liver is one of the most important organs. It controls the flow of life energy, also known as Qi, a vital substance that affects the physiological functions of the human organs and meridians. The Liver’s first priority is to keep your Qi moving smoothly. Below is an outline of the functions of the Liver and how to detect if your Liver is functioning optimally.

What can cause the Liver to become stagnant?

When the Liver is prevented from doing its job, the energy from the Liver (Liver Qi) becomes stagnant, which can cause problems that involve pain. Factors that can cause the Liver to become stagnant include:

  • Excessive mental exertion
  • Prolonged negative emotions (frustration, stress, anger, resentment etc.)
  • Emotional fluctuations
  • Women’s health issues (PMS, PMDD, hormonal problems)

The Liver regulates and stores Blood

The Liver regulates how much Blood is circulating in the body and stores Blood when we are resting or sleeping. It then releases it again once we start moving and doing physical activities. The idea is, the less Blood the Liver reserves, the more problems a person is likely to have, as you’ll essentially be ‘getting by’ on the limited supply of Blood in the Liver that is being stored.

The Liver regulates emotions

Another function of the Liver is regulating the free flow of Qi while using the Liver- Blood’s supply. Those who have Livers that function optimally and reserve enough Blood have the ability to bounce back from emotional problems much faster than those who have poor reserves and are able to find emotional harmony. However, people with poor reserves tend to feel exhausted by their problems, which prolong feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, and pressure.

The Liver is integral to the menstrual cycle

For women, the Liver functions as a regulator of the menstrual cycle. How well a Liver is functioning is telling of her overall health and fertility. If Liver Qi is stagnated, there is often a Liver-Blood deficiency as well. This can create a host of symptoms like:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Crying spells
  • Propensity to outbursts of anger
  • Breast Distention (pressure or pain)
  • Cramps
  • Irregular, scanty, or no periods
  • Blurred vision and floaters
  • Dry hair and brittle nails
  • Insomnia, excessive dreaming

… and more.

The Liver regulates your digestive system

If you are suffering from digestive problems like ulcers, food sensitivities, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or any other gastrointestinal conditions, there is a chance that your Liver is not functioning well. In fact, the first sign of Liver Qi Stagnation shows up as digestive problems.

Liver Qi allows digestive processes to carry out more smoothly. You will feel a difference when nutrients begin to absorb more readily into the Blood and is are carried from the intestines to the Liver, so you can say goodbye to irritability and exhaustion after eating!

How can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture addresses both situations of Liver Qi stagnation and Liver-Blood deficiencies. Points along the corresponding meridians release the stagnated areas allowing the Qi to move freely. This increases the overall blood flow in your body, which will improve your whole health and wellbeing.

Do any of these situations resonate with you? If you feel like your Liver function is waning and could use a little help, get in touch with us or set up an appointment so we can start the process of relieving your symptoms as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture and Cancer Care

Acupuncture and Cancer Care

In modern Western medicine, a variety of cancer treatments are generally administered to remove cancer masses, shrink tumors and rid the body of cancer cells. However, while these treatments can be effective, it is difficult to detect any free cancer cells that could still exist in the body post-treatment. These leftover cells can strike back at any time – especially if the body is weak. Keeping your body strong and balanced with a supplementary treatment like acupuncture can help to eliminate these free cells and reduce the risk of the cancer coming back.

Healing the Body

While cancer treatments can be particularly effective, they are also extremely difficult mentally, physically and emotionally. They often cause significant damage, leaving the patient feeling weak and drained. Acupuncture helps to rebuild the patient’s immunity as well as decreasing the side effects of chemotherapy. Examples of issues that many cancer patients face post-treatment are: skin disorders, urinary problems, mental and emotional repercussions, phantom limb pain, lymphedema, blood disorders, infertility and chest and heart problems among others.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)’s View

Acupuncture has 20+ herbs that work in synergy with western medicine for cancer patients pre and post-surgery. In TCM, the concept of cancer care is time-based, and aims to act as quickly and effectively as possible. Eliminating the cancer cells in the shortest time, without compromising the individual’s quality of life is the true goal of acupuncture. Revitalizing the body allows for the remaining cancer cells to be inhibited to ensure that the remission stage is sustained.

A personalized acupuncture plan can be put into place in conjunction with any medication or cancer treatments that have been recommended by your doctor and oncologist. All information indicated in the patient portal, such as the type of cancer or any post-cancer symptoms, will be taken into consideration in the creation of your personalized plan.

Acupuncture as an allied treatment for cancer has been proven to increase immunity, decrease nausea and vomiting, lower stress levels, improve mood, relieve mental distress and balance the body – all of which affect the healing process greatly. Contact us today for more information on how it can help you.

 

 

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue

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Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (or CFS) is characterized by the feeling of excessive fatigue that weighs a person down in their day-to-day life – regardless of how much sleep or rest they may get. It presents fatigue in various forms from physical pain to psychiatric conditions like depression, and this can affect a person’s overall quality of life.

CFS also presents immunologic disturbances as well, pointing to symptoms of allergies and rashes in many patients. Recent controlled studies also present documented abnormalities in endocrine function as being a consistent factor, such as the reduced production of the corticotrophin-releasing hormone in the hypothalamus.

Who does CFS affect most?

Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with CFS than men are.

The age group that suffers from CFS are generally between 25-45 years old – although childhood and middle age cases do exist.

How do symptoms present themselves?

Symptoms are sudden and often feel like an intensified version of the flu – but in fact, it’s your body’s reaction to acute stress. Unbearable exhaustion presents itself thereafter, leading into other symptoms like body aches, muscle tension, and tender lymph nodes. This later manifests into disturbed sleep, difficulty concentrating and depression.

How can acupuncture help?

In Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) there are various acupressure points that can relieve CFS symptoms. Even if you do not have a formal diagnosis, when you have a session with an acupuncturist, they will determine if you have one or more of the following deficiencies that are associated with CFS based on the symptoms you present them with and what they can observe. They deficiencies include:

  • Spleen Qi and Yang Deficiency – associated with a slow or weak heart rate, poor appetite, high acid production, bloating, and loose stools and diarrhea.
  • Liver Qi stagnation or disharmony in the Stomach – associated with physical and mental fatigue, chest tightness, frequent urination, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and bitter taste in the mouth.
  • Heart Qi or Blood/Yin Deficiency – associated with heart palpitations, irritability due to fatigue, disorientation, night sweats, hot flashes and insomnia.
  • Kidney Qi and Yang Deficiency – Lower back pain, weak knees, shortness of breath, impotence in men, irregular menses in women and feelings of cold.

All four of these deficiencies have overlapping symptoms that match the symptoms of CFS. Acupuncture seeks to relieve the areas of the body that are in need of rehabilitation to address the greater issue at hand. With a reduction in some of the more pressing symptoms, this makes room for you to progress into having the ability to manage all of your symptoms effectively.

If you’re experiencing a collection of any of these symptoms in excess, please contact us today to make an appointment.

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