Acupuncturist Questions Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Can acupuncture treat chronic fatigue syndrome?

I am suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and medicines don’t seem to be helping much. A friend suggested me to try acupuncture. Do you think it can help in any way?

35 Answers

Try it and see. You would need to be assessed for the root cause.
Chronic fatigue is solved simply by knowing the cause. The most common is poor oxygen supply in the lungs. Another is extremely tired when there is not enough blood in the liver.
It is easy to improve the function of the lungs with acupuncture and eat Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture & herbs.
My answer is yes. But the effects depend on how you treat and how often you can get treated. Acupuncture is a natural treatment without taking any medicine, so regular treatments are needed.
Yes, absolutely. This I have personally treated several times, not just as that stand alone diagnosis, but also as a common symptom of fibromyalgia. It works very well, in my experience. Obviously, nothing is guaranteed to work 100% of the time, but I have found this medicine to work very well. Don't give up if you try someone in my field and they don't help... we aren't all created equally. Make sure you start with a fully trained acupuncturist (not an MD or Chiropractor that did minimal hours of training to get a license).
There are many reasons for chronic fatigue and acupuncture, herbal formulas and lifestyle changes can help tremendously.
Yes, CFS can get some great relief from Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine. Every case is different, so go over a plan with the Acupuncturist you find and be patient. All the best
Yes once we determine the root of your symptoms acupuncture can most likely help you.
I have treated chronic fatigue many times, and yes acupuncture is helpful. A good acupuncturist will be able to use Chinese medicine theory to find out the underlying nature of the problem. Then they may use acupuncture to stimulate your body into better overall functioning, as well as Chinese herbal medicine to strengthen your system. Each person is unique, so a full evaluation gives information about where your body is lagging.
Most of the time such condition is associated with other symptoms. Acupuncture and herbal can be a solution to treat chronic fatigue syndrome.
Thank you for your inquiry.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a fairly common complaint see in our office. A lot of patients feel results as soon as after their first treatment!

Results include less pain, increase in energy, improvement in mental clarity etc.

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Chronic fatigue can be due to endocrine, depression or emotional problems. Acupuncture can be useful for chronic fatigue. Consult with an acupuncturist, and find out what the underlying cause is, and often it will resolve with treatment.
Yes. We help greatly with chronic fatigue syndrome and will also likely make herbal recommendations and some dietary changes. Make sure to bring in your medical records and blood work on the day of your appointment so your acupuncturist can understand your system as a whole and better help you.
Hello. With mild changes to lifestyle it should help. Your acupuncture dr should determine the underlying condition.
For chronic fatigue syndrome, it is better combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine after analyzing what factors involve your fatigue.
So many regulating processes are initiated by acupuncture that there is no doubt it will help. It takes time to show significant average improvements because it is so subtly and deeply changing the body systems. I have seen many patients shift significantly with one treatment. 

James F. Jones
Yes, it can help to improve sleep quality, increase energy, and over time, help to rebalance the systems of the body to improve your overall quality of life. Depending on your pattern of Chronic Fatigue, according to Eastern Medicine, you may even feel drastically better in just a couple sessions. My most recent patient felt like a new person after just one session.
Yes, acupuncture can treat chronic fatigue. The acupuncture physician will ask relevant questions as to what may be causing your chronic fatigue, questions about your lifestyle, stress, sleep patterns, diet, etc. He or she will also observe your demeanor, take your pulse, and blood pressure, look at your tongue for clues, in addition to listening to your heart and lungs. She will observe your weight and body carriage. Your medical history and the medicines you take are important information the physician needs to know. The treatment plan will include placing needles in points that are determined by the findings that can help increase your energy, stamina, and immune response. She may also prescribe herbs and or homeopathic remedies to build up your "Qi," your body's vital energy. Likely follow-up treatments will be advised.

Good luck and best wishes.
Yes, many patients find relief of their chronic fatigue through acupuncture and herbal medicine. Seeing a qualified practitioner can treat underlying imbalances in your body to enhance your health systems, focus and energy.
Many people use acupuncture and herbal therapies for chronic fatigue. There are of course many different ways in which people develop chronic fatigue syndrome and Chinese medicine doctors first spend time with you to try to find the underlying cause.

If you have not tried acupuncture and Oriental medicine to treat your chronic fatigue syndrome, it is certainly worth trying. It has helped many people over the years in a natural method. It may be able to help you.

Be sure to find a licensed practitioner.

Chronic fatigue is an autonomic dysfunction where many factors need to be sought through prior to treatment. It can definitely be helped by acupuncture, but it might require more sessions before seeing results.

Good luck,

Danny Khounh
Yes, acupuncture can help most CFS.

Yes, it can.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is becoming more common and is one of the many things that acupuncture can help with. It would be a great option for you as it should not only help with your energy but also help balance hormones and improve your quality of sleep.
Oriental Medicine/acupuncture is a excellent start. This is something I see in my practice daily. Fatigue is a complex condition and requires some trouble shooting. There could be allergies, hormone imbalances, stress, or other factors involved. If you were my patient, I would start acupuncture to help boost your immune system, increase energy and improve sleep, stress, etc., and while doing that, I'd work with you to find the root cause of your fatigue and see what can be done to fix that.
Yes, it can help improve energy on many levels. Acupuncture can balance hormones and neurotransmitters, help improve sleep, reduce stress and restore digestive function to extract nutrition from food. Of course, it is important to rule out any underlying health problems that may be contributing to fatigue.
Yes, Acupuncture can help chronic diseases such as fatigue syndrome and based on each patient's health condition and length of the disease. It also needs patient's cooperation to follow the instructions such as change lifestyle, food diet in order to heal the body.
Acupuncture can help. I would consult with your physician to find out the cause. A complete blood test with show your B12, iron levels, or other causes. My recommendation is to work out and be more active with self-motivation. Lifestyle changes plus diet can help your condition.

I had a patient diagnosed with CFS and treated her for a few years until I moved away. In the beginning, she needed to come twice a week, but eventually only had to come once a month. Each time she came in, her symptoms reduced from an 8 to a 5 (on problem scale) and in time went from 5 to 2, etc. So, symptoms became less problematic and less frequent in time. If you find a licensed practitioner in your area, I am confident they can help, but it will not be a one-time thing. You will need to stay with it for awhile.
Yes, acupuncture can treat chronic fatigue. I might also suggest going on a gluten-free diet. Chronic fatigue is often linked to gluten intolerance, as well as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is also an autoimmune disease that is often caused by gluten intolerance. So it's a good bet to get off gluten. But watch for it in boxed and canned foods. It hides in things like Natural Flavors, so it's a good idea to stick with things that say they are gluten free.
Acupuncture can definitely help alleviate all of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. We may also suggest some lifestyle changes which will help support the treatments.
I personally have treated many patients with CF with both acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and have seen good success. I would encourage you to have a current diet analysis, a low intensity exercise program and a positive supportive environment to surround yourself with. Studies have shown that patients with CF that take a very "healthy" approach to their lifestyle, not letting the illness control them, doing daily meditation, etc., have better outcomes to their CF.
Absolutely! I've treated several chronic fatigue sufferers with great success. This particular condition is one place where Chinese medicine can be much better than the conventional approach. For the best results, make sure you see an NCCAOM board certified and state licensed acupuncturist.