July 25, 2023

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS, Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by:

  • Extreme exhaustion after physical or mental exercise
  • Problems with memory or thinking skills
  • Dizziness that worsens with moving from lying down or sitting to standing
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Unrefreshing sleep

Some with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have headaches, sore throats, and tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpits. People with the condition also may become extra sensitive to light, sound, smells, food and medicines.

Diagnosis is not made with a single test, but often is done by ruling out other conditions.

Research has indicated that the root cause of this condition remains uncertain while “popular hypotheses include triggers (viral infections, physical trauma, physical and mental stress, vaccinations, and environmental toxins), microbiome disruption, dysregulated immune response, chronic low-grade inflammation, neuroendocrine abnormalities, oxidative stress, metabolic dysfunction, mitochondrial dysfunction, and genetic predisposition. (1, 2, 3). These factors can also interact to promote the occurrence and development of CFS. (4)

Chinese Medicine can be successful in alleviate the symptoms of CFS by addressing underlying problems in the body. Acupuncture is thought to “regulate the nervous system, boost immune function, and reduce inflammation, all of which may contribute to the fatigue experienced by CFS patients” (5).

1, Brinth et al.,2019

2. Gregorowski et al.,2019

3. Noor et al…2021

4. Zhang, Jin, Wei, et al… 2022

5. HealthCentreNZ


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