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/
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.