Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that was created thousands of years ago – and is still heavily practiced today. Why? Because it actually works! Acupuncture involves strategic placement of teeny tiny needles on pressure points throughout the body. The ultimate goal of this practice is to create energy equilibrium, allowing for healing to take place both within the mind and the body. This technique is extremely useful for treating both physical and emotional pain, managing internal stress, enhancing mood, and even fighting chronic fatigue through elevating energy levels.
Low energy and fatigue are common symptoms showing that there is an imbalance within the body – either something is off-kilter with your daily lifestyle routine or perhaps your overall health. Potential energy suppressant causes can include:
- Poor diet or lack of exercise
- Frequent travel
- Excess studying, working, or exercising
- Over-consumption of caffeine
- Empathy fatigue for others
- Stress, anxiety, or depression
- Chronic pain or illness
- Diabetes, anemia, adrenal fatigue, or other health concern
With consistent, professional treatment, acupuncture has the ability to course-correct these symptoms. Acupuncture fights fatigue by allowing the body to enter a state of deep rest. This rest acts as if you are pressing a “reset” button for your body. When the mind and body are at rest, they are harmonious – regulating hormones and advocating healing throughout the entire nervous system. Acupuncture is also known to promote healthy sleep habits and decrease cortisol levels (stress hormones), while also increasing serotonin levels (happy mood-boosting hormones). Both side effects can also play a role in fighting low-energy and fatigue.
While a double shot of espresso, energy drink, or vitamin B shot can temporarily give your body an energy boost, these supplements are not the end-all solution. On the other hand, acupuncture is completely restorative and rejuvenating – and can act as a long-term cure for chronic fatigue. In fact, a study published on the benefits of acupuncture for chronic fatigue found that 80% of chronic fatigue patients (participating in the study) improved after only 10 acupuncture treatments. After a total of 20 treatments, individuals found an even more significant decline in fatigue, heaviness of limbs, energy levels, and their mental state.
Typical areas of focus for fatigue-focused acupuncture are between the eyebrows, underneath the belly button, at the base of the skull, wrist crease, and lower back area. After appropriately evaluating your body’s current state and needs, the practitioner will apply acupuncture techniques to these areas and the healing process will begin to take place. While acupuncture alone will produce noticeable results in your energy, acupuncture combined with healthy lifestyle adjustments allows for an even stronger outcome.
Reach out and schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about our acupuncture treatments – and how they can assist in your healing journey!