Does acupuncture work for fatigue? -
Chronic Fatigue
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Does acupuncture work for fatigue?

Please explain how it works and what type of acupuncture you would recommend for symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.

2 Answers

Donald Matesz MSOM, L.Ac.
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Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex condition. I have found that acupuncture treatment can improve energy levels in chronic fatigue patients. Acupuncture induces a parasympathetic nervous system response that improves digestion, relaxation and sleep quality. Improved nutrient assimilation and sleep quality results in improved energy. A randomized controlled multi-center trial published in 2015 in the journal BMC Trials concluded that "Body acupuncture for 4 weeks in addition to usual care may help improve fatigue in CFS and ICF patients."

Dr. Heather Overland

Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality that can help with symptoms and diagnoses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Part of the theory behind acupuncture is that one treats the underlying imbalance that the individual has, and in correcting that, their symptom (such as fatigue) is resolved. Because this is such an individualized therapy, an acupuncturist isn't likely to perform a regimented "fatigue" or "CFS" treatment, but is instead going to perform an individualized treatment based on your symptoms and presentation at the time of your visit.

Acupuncture can come in various styles and modalities, for example, I was trained in acupuncture theory from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective. While my foundation is in TCM, some of my instructors specialized in Japanese styles of acupuncture, 5 element acupuncture and other varieties. Many modern US acupuncturists similarly perform a blend of various traditional perspectives, based on what they identify most with and what was presented in their schooling and continuing education.

I appreciate the depth of understanding and western medical knowledge that I bring to my acupuncture visits, as both a Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist/ Chinese Herbalist. I feel that the Chinese Herbal Medicine education helped develop my expertise and understanding of the theory behind acupuncture practice. Additionally, my medical education helps me better understand the complex patient in front of me and how best to combine treatment theories to develop a comprehensive and appropriate treatment for the unique patient in front of me.

From my perspective, I would recommend that you see an acupuncturist that you feel comfortable with, that works well with the rest of your healthcare team, and that has an educational and experiential background that you feel is a good fit for your unique health and wellness needs.

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