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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can't be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity, and doesn't improve with rest. The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown. Treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome focuses on symptom relief. (Source: Mayo Clinic)


There are three core symptoms of CFS:

Fatigue is an extreme lack of energy. Sleep or rest does not replenish energy and may even make symptoms worse in some individuals. The fatigue may be severe enough to interfere with daily functions. The fatigue in CFS often lasts 6 months or longer.


Post-exertional malaise (PEM) is a deterioration of symptoms after physical or mental exertion. They will experience worsening symptoms over the next few hours or days and often feel intense exhaustion as they recover.


Sleep disorders include unrefreshing sleep, even after a long night of rest, trouble falling and staying asleep, hypersomnia, sleep apnea, light sleep, fragmented sleep and unable to fall asleep until sunrise (phase shifting). There may be involved additional symptoms such as involuntary spasms in the legs or arms, restless legs, nightmares disrupting sleep and night sweats.


Along with the three above core symptoms, they may also suffer from the following:

Cognitive impairment: memory loss, misplacing belongings, movies and books can become extremely difficult to follow all the way through and getting lost in familiar settings (one’s own neighborhood). Thinking or solving a simple problem may severely reduce energy levels in a person with CFS.


Orthostatic intolerance: moving from lying on the back to sitting or standing may induce dizziness, lightheadedness, feeling faint, seeing spots or blurred vision.


(Source: Medical News Today)


Healthy Ping’s suggestion:

Maca root: It grows in the mineral rich highlands of Peru and has the reputation of Peruvian ginseng. It provides a unique set of nutrients that directly fuel the endocrine system and help the glands to produce vital hormones. Take 500 mg every morning. It works effectively for fatigue, night sweats, mood swings, energy level and sex drives.


Cordyceps: A potent modern version of an ancient Chinese secret, cordyceps is an intriguing substance that is gaining worldwide fame and recognition as an energy-enhancing, health-promoting tonic (source: swansonvitamin.com). Cordyceps provide a powerful energy-enhancing health tonic and improve sleep quality.


Cordyceps is now produced through modern culturing techniques that have finally made its amazing nutritional benefits available to the western world. It is certified free of yeast, mold and other harmful microbes (source: swansonvitamin.com). The price is reasonable and affordable.

Common side effects of cordyceps:1)Increased symptoms of autoimmune diseases. 2)Slow blood clotting and increased risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders or during surgery. (Source:www.rxlist.com/consumer_cordyceps/drugs-condition.htm)


Chinese herbs: Huang qi黄芪 10 g, Chinese dates红枣 10g, Gou qi berry枸杞10 g, American ginseng西洋参3g are boiled with 3 cups of water to herbal tea. You can drink the tea 2-3 times a day or as you like and re-boil it again until no more taste, you can eat dates, berries and ginseng afterwards. This herbal tea is very effective in increasing energy and improving fatigue.


Ping’s meridian massage works on bladder meridian and energy channel from head to feet on the back, which warms up the whole system, make blood and energy flow like rivers and it reaches each corner of the body, relaxes muscles and prepares the body and the brain for acupuncture.


Acupuncture reaches specific and deeper points to reduce stress, improve circulation, rebalance hormones, boost body healing power, active underlying energy and improve general health.


Both techniques (Ping’s meridian massage and Acupuncture) complement one another and work more effectively than a single one.


Avoid overexertion: People with CFS must pace themselves throughout the day. Don not push yourselves too far, it can harm the body.


For more information please call Dr.Lu at 661 513-9265, Ping’s acupuncture/ Bamboo Acupuncture.

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