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Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

July 27, 2014   

Chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS for short can also be called chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome. This condition is a complex one that affects many systems in the body including the muscular system, immune system and the neurological system of the body.  Modern science still does not know what actually causes CFS. There isn’t any medical test available that would correctly identify it and therefore, no real treatment has ever been created for it. Based on statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control, there are about one million people in the United States suffering from symptoms that are the same as chronic fatigue although they do not fully meet the criteria. Women are more affected by this malady than men. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture can provide relief for chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms. They also help sufferers of this condition return to a balanced and full life.

The Centers for Disease Control state that there are certain signs and symptoms a patient must manifest in order to be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. They include:

  1. Chronic and extreme fatigue that have been ongoing for a minimum of 6 months. The doctor should also have ruled out any other possible reason for the fatigue.
  2. A manifestation of a minimum of four of the following symptoms:

-Mild fever
-Malaise that worsens with exertion
-Poor sleep
-Multiple pains in the joints with no sign of redness or swelling
-Muscle pain
-Tender lymph nodes
-Sore throat
-Concentration difficulties
-A lessening of short-term memory capability

There may be other symptoms akin to CFS caused by certain medical conditions that may make it difficult diagnosing CFS. These conditions may include:

-Fibromyalgia syndrome
-Multiple chemical sensitivities
-Post-viral fatigue
-Chronic mononucleosis
-Myalgic encephalomyelitis

According to TCM, CFS typically may mean an underlying pattern of a spleen- liver disharmony. The spleen deficiency can come from lack of physical exercise, excessive worrying, excessive taxation, a poor diet or stagnation of liver qi or the liver stagnation depleting the spleen’s Qi. The stagnation of liver Qi may be caused by anger, stress, insufficient yang or insufficient blood to properly nourish the liver.

To address CFS, acupuncturists insert needles to acupuncture points located on legs, arms and the body. These needles can help smooth out and tonify liver Qi and improve spleen Qi. Chinese herbal remedies with its several different formulas can resolve the complex pattern. Moreover, nutritional counseling can also be given the patient that he/she may consume the right foods that will prevent fatigue and treat the underlying pattern. TCM and acupuncture can likewise aid in treating other symptoms that come with CFS such as anxiety, insomnia and depression. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can likewise complement the conventional therapies of a patient recommended by his/her doctor. By utilizing TCM and acupuncture, the patient can gain more energy that in turn can help raise the mood and make physical activity and exercise more doable. Those two therapies can help bring back the patient to a life he/she desires.


Davis Acupuncture Clinic
2043 Anderson Rd
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 400-1239

Acupuncture, a Safe and Effective Treatment for UTI

July 19, 2014   

When the symptoms of urinary tract infection resist antibiotic treatment, it won’t mean that using more antibiotic medications will do the trick.

Avoid being stuck in a cycle of continuing urinary tract infections

The usual treatment protocol of UTI is one, two or even three same or different types of antibiotics. This is a very common protocol that almost all doctors will not take the time to examine the patient’s urine for bacterial overgrowth signs. Painful and scanty urination implies the use of fluoroquinolones, cephalosporins and penicillins. In certain instances, this modality helps clear up the condition, which means, case closed. However, for people for whom these western pharmaceutical producers of palliatives and dangerous drugs have no weapon to address the problem, Chinese medicine may be the best type of medicine they can opt for. Pharmaceutical drugs to treat UTI destroy the bad as well as the good bacteria particularly in the person’s intestinal tract. Chinese medicine can be extremely effective that it can rectify even the most longstanding and most resilient type of UTI.

One cannot deny the wonderful benefits antibiotics can give when they are used appropriately and the wide range of conditions they can treat. The drawback in using these drugs is that for the past half-century of their use, the very pathogens they have been battling with have naturally evolved to make them more and more resistant to the effects of these drugs. So, instead of being treated, many UTI patients now suffer from the side effects of these drugs and even cause the pathogen to become even more resistant and virulent. And as with any war of force, intensification brings with it more intensification. And the “collateral damage” (side effects) also becomes progressively severe.

Providing a different treatment approach against UTI is Chinese herbs. This enduring and effective type of Chinese medicine has been used for more than 2000 years by Chinese physicians. These physicians do not concoct herbal formulas that destroy the pathogen not like the treatment strategy of western medicine which is to destroy, cut and contain; the medicine of the Orient aims to promote communication, harmony and promote between the various body systems. Resilient, strong and balanced systems have an inherent ability to ward off these pathogens. One of the forte’s of Chinese medicine’s is actually not in fighting pathogens, but in aiding the body to attain a systemic homeostasis that never gives the pathogens an environment to accumulate and thrive.

So do all these imply that Chinese herbs are only effective in resolving longstanding chronic and untreated UTIs? Of course not! There are a wide range of herbal formulas that attack the pathogen and at the same time help restore balance to the affected systems. Many of these formulas are very good in resolving acute types of UTIs. For UTI conditions that keep on coming back entailing the use of several courses of antibiotics (with little or no success), the strengthening and harmonizing formulas are much, much better.

UTI can also be substantially addressed with acupuncture particularly against the symptomatic problems of urinary frequency and burning. Chinese herbs and acupuncture used together can provide relief to people suffering from chronic urinary tract infections that have survived several kinds and courses of antibiotics.

If you have UTI, you can proactively fight the condition by helping your body become balanced and attain bladder health. One kind of home cure is unsweetened cranberry juice that several people find to be extremely beneficial. You can also lessen inflammation in your system which immensely benefits your urinary system. If you have longstanding UTI, balance play and work, eat healthily, and avoid sugar. Also, be sure you are receiving adequate amounts of essential fatty acids. Help gain balance in several aspects of your life. Illnesses are often the result of an imbalance in or more of our body systems.

Some women affected by UTI usually only consider getting acupuncture as a last form of treatment; fortunately, a lot of women now use acupuncture as a frontline treatment for UTI. For people who would love to strengthen their body’s internal ability to repel bladder infections, then the first to do is to visit a licensed and experienced acupuncturist.