Acupuncture for Fatigue

Current estimates state that over 50% of the North American population struggles with chronic fatigue. The causes of this epidemic vary widely from stress, overwork, insomnia and depression to different dysfunctions in the body's major systems (cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine/hormonal). Western medicine is struggling itself to provide safe and effective treatment for chronic fatigue. Often, they will simply associate fatigue with depression and prescribe SSRI medications without looking deeper at lifestyle issue like nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Fortunately, many excellent alternative treatments exist that can help fill this gap. Acupuncture is a top option as it tends to be very effective in promoting an increase in the body's energy.

Looking at chronic fatigue from a traditional Chinese perspective, sufferers are seen to be deficient in Qi or vital energy. Qi comprises the basic building blocks of the universe, and within the human body, it provides the essential energy for optimal physiological and neurological function. The goal of Chinese medicine is to identify the pattern of disharmony or blockage in the body's Qi which is causing inefficient production and utilization of energy. Acupuncture is very effective at stimulating the body to find its natural balance once again and function efficiently on its own. Along with treatment, the patient's diet, exercise, and mental health are addressed as these areas can have great influence on one's overall energy and sense of well-being.

Articles and Research

Acupuncture and Quality of Life with Chronic Fatigue: PubMed

If you would like to learn more about acupuncture and discuss your specific health situation, please phone 403.455.0880. Dr. Wegmann will be happy to answer your questions.

Mitch Wegmann is a registered acupuncturist and doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He owns and operates Calgary Acupuncture Centre in the city's southwest quadrant, near the Marda Loop district.

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