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Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture
(602) 274-1885
301 E. Bethany Home Rd.,Suite A-100
Phoenix, AZ
Specialty
Acupressure, Acupuncture, Herbology, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, Qi Gong, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na
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Contemporary Native Healing
(480) 593-1659
4221 E. McDowell Rd. Unit 2100
Phoenix, AZ
 
N\'Shama
(480) 221-2670
282 West El Freda Rd
Tempe, AZ
 
Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture
(602) 274-1885
301 E. Bethany Home Rd.,Suite A-100
Phoenix, AZ
Specialty
Acupressure, Acupuncture, Herbology, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, Qi Gong, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na
Associated Hospitals
Community Clinic

LaStone Therapy
(520) 319-6414
8110 S. Houghton Road Suite 158-154
Tucson, AZ
 
Time For You
(602) 770-3556
1215 East Missouri Suite A within Performance Acupuncture
Phoenix, AZ
 
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
(480) 994-9244
1100 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ
 
Asian Institute of Medical Studies
(520) 322-6330
3131 N. Country Club Dr., Suite 100
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Acupuncture, Herbology, Nutrition, Qi Gong, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na
Associated Hospitals
Community Clinic

Holistic Bodywork Design
(928) 522-6004
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Flagstaff, AZ
 
Time For You
(602) 770-3556
1215 East Missouri Suite A within Performance Acupuncture
Phoenix, AZ
 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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By Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, LAc

I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Can Traditional Chinese Medicine help me?

Regardless of Western medical terminology, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) characterizes all illnesses as imbalances of organ function or poor circulation of qi (pronounced chi), or energy, and blood in the body’s channels. In chronic cases with many diverse symptoms, we try to ascertain how, where, and why organ and channel dysfunctions are happening, and we work to restore an original, natural state of health with a combination of Chinese herbal medicines and acupuncture.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complex pattern of symptoms, including fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivity, headache, “brain fog,” poor memory, changes in appetite, and sleep disturbances.

I believe the true source of CFS is one or more pathogenic microbes, including viruses, bacteria, or protozoa that enter the body during an acute illness that often resembles the flu. The pathogenic microbes can damage a cell’s mitochondria (the cell’s energy factories), leading to profound fatigue. In the case of viruses, the pathogen can disturb DNA replication, leading to the chronic nature of the illness.

In addition to direct microbial invasion, many practitioners in the natural healing arts believe CFS can result from “leaky gut syndrome,” or small-intestine colitis. Leaky gut syndrome usually manifests after one consumes antibiotics, either as medicines or in animal foods. By inadvertently killing the thousands of beneficial and protective intestinal bacteria, the antibiotics allow harmful fungi, such as Candida albicans, or pathogenic bacteria to proliferate. These can then irritate and inflame the internal lining of the small intestine and allow absorption of foods into the blood before they’re fully digested. The body’s immune system will see these as allergens and attack them.

In the end, the intestines’ permeability disintegrates, and microbial and chemical toxins are absorbed into the blood, overwhelming the immune system as well as the liver’s ability to detoxify. Some chemicals stay in the blood, affecting brain function. Others precipitate into the connective tissue surrounding muscles, causing fibromyalgia.

The key treatments in Chinese medicine focus on regulating and detoxifying the liver and repairing small-intestine inflammation and permeability. This requires specific herbs to move liver qi and blood and to cool any inflammatory heat. As the liver regains its ability to detoxify, poisons exit the body. The symptoms of headache, fibromyalgia, and fatigue gradually disappear. Chinese medicine and acupuncture can be quite effective, especially if the intervention occurs early on in the condition. This holds especially true when an active viral irritant is present, because TCM is quite effective in combating viral illnesses.

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