TCM's curative effect against fatigue
With so much going on in our lives these days, it is no wonder that many of us feel exhausted and tired all the time. Stress and lack of sleep are so common now that many people are easily tired. But when a person is always tired, so much that he or she never feels rested and has trouble engaging in normal daily activities, fatigue becomes a serious health concern that requires attention.
Extreme fatigue is a mental and/or physical lack of energy that goes beyond normal tiredness. Physical or muscle fatigue prevents a person from engaging the body in the ways he or she is used to being able to, while being mentally exhausted causes sleepiness and an inability to focus the mind enough to perform one’s usual tasks. Transient or acute fatigue occurs when a person is deprived of sleep over a few days. Poor sleep habits can lead to all kinds of chronic health problems.
Conventional medicine has a limited understanding of fatigue causes and does not offer much in the way of solutions for fatigue symptoms. Whether fatigue is acute or chronic, acupuncture and TCM, offer proven benefits without any negative side effects.
Top 4 Tips to beat Fatigue
- Timing is everything – The adrenal hormones will be more balanced if you follow natural circadian rhythms. This means, ideally, rising with the sun and going to bed before midnight. Do this, even on weekends and holidays.
- Cut caffeine – Drinking coffee or sodas to stay sharp, is very detrimental to your health. Think of it as borrowing energy; you’ll have to pay it back later, with interest. If you are used to multiple caffeinated drinks per day, start by reducing them gradually. Then, take at least a few weeks off of caffeine entirely.
- Avoid Alcohol – Even though it may feel like it helps you relax in the evening, alcohol has a negative impact on the quality of sleep, often causing you to sleep lightly and wake up in the night. Again, start by cutting back, and try to abstain entirely until fatigue has improved.
- Drink more water – Dehydration reduces mental alertness and physical stamina. Drinking 8 glasses of water per day ensures that nutrients and oxygen are moving smoothly through the bloodstream and that toxins are being excreted properly. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty; by then, you are already dehydrated. Remind yourself to drink at regular intervals.