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How does acupuncture help in treating chronic fatigue syndrome?

I have been diagnosed with a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome. However, I don’t want to take allopathic medications for this. Do you think acupuncture can help me treat it?

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Yes, I have so many patients who are relieved and have control over CFS.
Yes. I have treated people with CF, MS, Fibromyalgia. All receive great benefit from consistent treatments. We usually have to start with 3 times a week and may take a few months to get you to a comfortable state. But I've seen wonderful results with the patients I see. Don't hesitate. Find someone in your area http://www.nccaom.org/find-a-practitioner-directory/
Yes it can help a lot. But you should be evaluated at first to see what is the main problem. After that we can work on it.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in some cases has become an answer that physicians use when they have no answer as to why you are feeling the way you do. This does not mean that there is no hope for your condition outside allopathic medicines. There is. If you haven't had blood tests done, I would encourage you to have a complete workup of your blood panels, liver panels, metabolic panels, etc. These can be prescribed by your primary care doctor.
Chinese Medicine Practitioners and doctors diagnose conditions a little differently than allopathic doctors do. Patients diagnosed with CFS in western medicine may be diagnosed in eastern Chinese medicine as having a deficiency of yang and or yin (essence of internal function), Qi (oxygen/neuro energy) or even a stasis in their blood (blood that doesn't move well such as dehydration, poor nutrition, etc). Thus, they are treated with herbs, nutrients and acupuncture to help resolve these issues. Patients will likely be encouraged to participate in gentle meditative excises such as qigong or tai-chi to build their energy without exhausting themselves.
Here is a PubMed paper on a study that was done using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for CFS. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2816380/
Hi. Yes acupuncture should be helpful for cfs.
The Mayo Clinic website states that chronic fatigue syndrome is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can't be explained by any underlying medical condition.

This is a case where the power of acupuncture can shine. Despite the lack of an underlying medical diagnosis, a Chinese Medical practitioner develops a treatment plan based on patterns of imbalance, gained through inquiry and external observation.

Acupuncture can help improve energy (qi) on many levels. It can treat infectious processes, 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.
I have treated patients in the past who have CFS. They usually see me once a week for best results. As time goes on, they do not have to see me as often. CFS is a western diagnosis, the acupuncture practitioner will have to differentiate that diagnosis for your specific condition to know how to treat you properly. Keep in mind that with this syndrome, you may have some set-backs, i.e., good for a while then bad, then good again. The acupuncture treatments can hopefully keep you more stabilized, though it may take a few to get to where you want. So, please give it some time.

Good luck
There are several acupuncture points that can tonify the energy, thus help the chronic fatigue syndrome. Please check with local acupuncture clinic.
Acupuncture is absolutely effective.
No. Your condition requires your western medicine treatments. Acupuncture does not increase your energy level. Please find out what your body is lacking and replace with your doctor's recommended supplements. I recommend exercising, diet change, yoga, meditation and acupuncture treatments to balance your system. Cut back on your stress. Thanks
Yes, I treat chronic fatigue syndrome all the time. Acupuncture can help a great deal. But I find that the real clincher is getting off of gluten. Chronic fatigue is thought to be part of the array of autoimmune diseases, and gluten is one of the biggest triggers for the autoimmune response. So I would suggest you eliminate it from your diet completely (even a gram will cause the response), for at least a month and see how you feel.
Acupuncture can help reduce chronic fatigue by increasing oxygen intake, improving sleep quality, reducing stress, help regulate hormone and neurotransmitter dysfunction and reduce pain. However, addressing the root cause of the fatigue is important. For that I would incorporate a Chinese Pattern Diagnosis, lab tests (not the same tests as you've likely had before), herbal medicine, proper supplementation and lifestyle and dietary changes. These therapies together have changed many lives in mere weeks.
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Absolutely! I have seen it help tremendously (complete elimination of symptoms).

If you decide to try acupuncture, make sure you start with a fully trained acupuncturist (not an MD or Chiropractor that did minimal hours of training to get a license).
Analyzing what may contribute the chronic fatigue and balance or collect it out. It usually involves Chinese herbal medicine.
Hello,

Chronic fatigue syndrome is notoriously hard to treat, but a growing body of research suggests that acupuncture may be able to help alleviate some of its many symptoms. Acupuncture may not bring complete symptom relief, but, combined with herbs, it could be part of a regimen that helps you regain functionality and a better quality of life.
Acupuncture can absolutely help both treat the root cause of the syndrome and help alleviate symptoms.
Hi,

Acupuncture treatment do treat chronic fatigue syndrome by balancing the energy "Qi" and boosting up the digestion energy. It is very effective.
Hope you are feeling more energy soon.

Jonathan Fang, Lic. Ac.
Hi there,

In acupuncture, we deal with body energy. Acupuncture combines with Chi Kung exercises and taking herbal remedies helps boost the energy level in the body.
I was actually diagnosed with the same at one point in my life, and I was young enough that I didn't know about acupuncture then, so it wasn't a resource I had available. That said, it began my journey of learning how to heal naturally, and I did. Acupuncture is fabulous for improving circulation, decreasing pain and improving general outlook and quality of life. Eastern medicine also believes in the power of food to cure. Pertaining to your condition, incorporating warm, cooked foods, such as broth soups, roasted vegetables, and a couple ounces of grass-fed organic beef a couple of times per week will help to strengthen your body and improve circulation.
I've done some work with chronic fatigue patients and I'm usually able to get excellent results for them.

Chronic fatigue is one of those odd corner cases for conventional medicine. Normally, the diagnosis is one of exclusion - in other words, they rule other things out and then finally conclude the issue must be chronic fatigue. At that point, the approach is usually one of symptom management. Chinese medicine and acupuncture have a very different diagnostic system and we can usually get to the root cause of this issue which generally gives the patient better results. You'll get the best possible result with an NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist. I'd suggest starting with NCCAOM.org and using their "Find a Practitioner" lookup to locate some local providers.