Acupuncture for Low Energy & FatigueThrough the lens of traditional Chinese Medicine, there are many possible patterns that can cause fatigue and low energy. In general, fatigue is seen as an imbalance in the body. When the body is brought back into balance, the pain disappears. From the time-tested 2,000 year old healing tradition of Chinese Medicine, we have several modalities and treatment approaches that can help to improve your energy levels.Where are the acupuncture points for fatigue? There are many possible points that can be used. One of the most common acupuncture points for fatigue is called “Leg 3 mile” (Zusanli) and it is located a few inches below the knee.
Symptoms and CausesFatigue is a symptom that can come from a huge variety of causes:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Chronic Pain
- Chronic Illness
- Post-Surgical Recovery
- Postpartum Recovery
- Stroke Recovery
- Low Blood Pressure
- Any Digestive Issue causing poor nutrient assimilation (e.g. Crohn’s, IBS.)
- Migraines / Headaches
- Poor eating habits
- Caffeine dependency
- Jet lag
- Frequent travel
- Physically, mentally, or emotionally demanding work
- Excess Studying
- Too much exercise
- Not enough exercise
- Emotional Stagnation
- Empath Fatigue (energy drain from other people’s emotional and physical states)
- Being a caretaker
During your first patient visit your acupuncturist conducts a thorough evaluation of your case based on reviewing your relevant health history and presenting signs and symptoms. Part of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis involves pulse and tongue diagnosis. After this evaluation your practitioner determines what type of treatment would be best for you.
Your treatment plan will be designed based on your currently presenting signs and symptoms, but also takes into consideration things such as your constitution, lifestyle, and other aspects of your health.
To start, we often recommend a series of treatments for 2 to 4 weeks. Then we evaluate your progress, and recommend a follow-up plan. Many people are able to make significant progress within 2-3 months. Herbal medicine and lifestyle recommendations are common parts of the treatment plan.
What’s Our Track Record?
Most patients notice an improvement in their energy levels within the first 5 visits. Over time, and with appropriate lifestyle changes, many clients have been able to significantly improve their energy levels. With the services we offer at the clinic, we can assist you with reducing your symptoms of fatigue AND helping you make lifestyle changes that will increase your energy and vitality.
How Does It Work?
It’s all about balance! The wisdom tradition of Chinese Medicine views fatigue as an imbalance in the body system. When we are in balance, we have plenty of vitality to live our lives to the fullest.
Acupuncture helps your body get deep rest due to its profound ability to balance hormones and regulate nervous system activity. This balancing effect leads to deep rejuvenation and recovery from fatigue and low energy.
Bodywork & Cupping
Bodywork and cupping can help improve energy levels in a similar way. Both modalities unblock and balance the energy in the body and allow you to get the deep rest your body and mind need to recover from fatigue.
Herbal medicine can help to improve energy by harmonizing the internal aspects of the body. There are many ways that the body system can become unbalanced and everyone is different. Rather than masking symptoms, we use a holistic approach to address the imbalances in the body. We can create a custom herbal formula for you to help balance the body systems and improve energy.
Holistic Health Counseling
During a Holistic Health Counseling session, we can help you discover energy drains in your day-to-day life, create strategies to patch up “energy leaks,” and offer support to help you reach your goals.
The Advantage of Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Caffeine, energy drinks, and medications are common ways that people try to handle their fatigue. It’s true that in the short term, these solutions will give us a boost of energy and improve our mental and physical performance. Unfortunately, these substances just mask the underlying causes of your fatigue, and often deplete your energy reserves at a deeper level.
There has to be another way! Luckily, there is.
Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and bodywork are restorative in nature. Since fatigue is almost always the result of a depleted system, we can help you build back your reserves over time. This is actually one of the “brilliances” of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and one of its major contributions to western medicine.
Over time, acupuncture, herbal medicine and bodywork balance your hormonal system (HPA axis) and reeducate your stress response, helping you get to the root causes of why you’re fatigued in the first place.
Treatments We Use to Help with Low Energy and Fatigue
Verify Your Insurance Benefits
We are out-of-network providers with Blue Cross / Carefirst, Cigna, Aetna, and United. Many plans have good out-of-network acupuncture coverage. To find out if your plan includes out-of-network coverage for acupuncture, please fill out our short form to verify your benefits with us. You can also call us with your information at (202) 297-7404. Our staff will usually have your coverage information within 2 business days.
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