If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), you probably have mixed emotions. On one hand, you may feel relieved to finally have a name for the ailment that plagues you. On the other hand, you probably feel disappointed CFS cannot be cured by having an operation or taking a specific medication and is difficult to treat. While there is no specific cure for CFS, there are steps you can take to relieve your symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life.
When doctors diagnose patients with CFS, they typically recommend a course of treatment that may include taking pain relievers, muscle relaxers, antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. In other words, with no know cure for this disorder, they prescribe an array of medications and hope a patient experiences relief. The problem is prescription medications often have unpleasant side effects. Medications may do little to alleviate CFS symptoms and can even exacerbate them. More patients are discovering natural treatment approaches, especially acupuncture, provide symptom relief without side effects.
Why Acupuncture Is Effective in Treating CFS
If you have CFS, why should you seek out acupuncture treatment in Dobbs Ferry? Acupuncturists are trained to identify which regions of the body are responsible for specific physical symptoms. They’ve identified many CFS patients suffer from an imbalance of qi (the body’s vital energy) in the spleen, kidney, lung and liver regions. Acupuncturists use hair-thin needles to target these pressure points to restore qi balance. Acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome also can be used to correct yin-yang deficiencies, enhance the immune system and release endorphins that encourage the body to produce antibodies that promote restful sleep, enhance cognitive function and relieve pain and inflammation, thus improving the most common CFS symptoms. One study comparing the effectiveness of prescription medications versus acupuncture concluded acupuncture was comparable to and in some cases, superior to prednisone at reducing fatigue.
Recommended Treatment Regimen
How many acupuncture treatments will you need to enjoy symptom relief? There is no one-size-fits-all answer, but one 2014 study concluded patients who completed 10 thirty-minute sessions reported less fatigue and a more positive mental state.
If you suffer from CFS and have not yet tried acupuncture, contact us at Eastern Wellness Acupuncture. Our facility provides skilled acupuncture for anxiety and stress in Dobbs Ferry and the surrounding areas. While there is no known cure for CFS, acupuncture can provide significant symptom relief and enhance your quality of life.