Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Historically, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has had a bad rap. In the past, it was nicknamed Yuppie Flu, because it was reported that well-paid, but overworked, young middle-class people seemed to catch it in droves. They were blamed for working too hard and burning themselves out.

But, to the 260,000 people affected by it in the UK, it is no joke. On average, the condition lasts for at least six years and many live with a form of the condition for life.

Symptoms and Severity

CFS is different for every individual who contracts it. The main symptom that is shared amongst all is the extreme tiredness that is not relieved by resting or sleeping. This isn’t just an experience of being weary. The feeling can be overwhelming and sufferers say that they can’t see an end to it.

Other symptoms include insomnia, muscle and joint pain, headaches, flu-type symptoms and sore throat, dizziness and foggy brain.

It goes without saying that having just a few symptoms from the list above can have serious consequences on your life. Coupled with the fact that a diagnosis for CFS is not a fast process, as it has very similar symptoms to other conditions, so you may have a flurry of examinations and blood tests to rule out most of these.

All this, and the every-day pain and exhaustion affect work, relationships and your mental health.

Typical treatment plans

Once diagnosed, the traditional approach is to draw up a plan for you that may include lifestyle changes and a healthy diet. You may be offered cognitive behavioural therapy and sympathetic employers might make adjustments to help manage your activity levels.

There isn’t a targeted drug that treats or cures CFS but you may be advised to take painkillers or anti-depressants if it is affecting your mental health.

The most common message suffers are told is, “there’s nothing that can be done… you have to live with it..”

How acupuncture and herbal medicine can help

Sometimes acupuncture on its own is used, sometime a combined approach is more suitable. It depends on the specific symptoms and your individual circumstances.

Here are a couple of examples of people I’ve helped:

Nick’s experience

Nick had been suffering with the symptoms of CFS for nine years.

“For years I was told that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was untreatable and that I would have to live with it for life.”

He suffered with low energy, palpitations and insomnia. He was constantly tired and anxious.  This situation was perfect to treat with acupuncture.

Nick commented that: “…with regular treatment I am able to continue a normal life just as I was before being diagnosed.”

Karen’s experience

Karen had a range of symptoms and she too was told that nothing more could be done.

“I spent years feeling tired, lethargic with constant viral symptoms i.e. muscle aches & pains, pins & needles, constant sore throat & always being ill as I had a weak immune system. I was also being treated with drugs by this point for depression.”

For Karen, I recommended a combined approach of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
“Jane treated me holistically as an individual. After a course of acupuncture & herbs all the symptoms disappeared, I felt well in myself and my energy levels returned. I was also able to discontinue the depression medication.

Want to learn more?

We are regulated by the British Acupuncture Council, who have factsheets to explain the effectiveness of acupuncture with illnesses and conditions. To read more about acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you can click this link.

For more information about Chinese Herbal medicine you can click this link https://rchm.specialdev.uk/chinese-medicine/chinese-herbal-medicine

 

If you have CFS and want to get in touch with me to discuss how I can help, you can call for an exploratory call, or book here

Miscarriage is not something that is spoken about readily and in the open.

Certainly, people who have miscarriages find it difficult to talk about the experience. The loss of a pregnancy can be devastating and it doesn’t seem like there is a person in the world who understands. It’s normal to feel a whole host of emotions if this happens to you.

Symptoms range from cramps and spotting to full contractions and labour. The emotional consequences are ones of grief, shame and inadequacy.

The experience can impact the whole family.

Why they happen

Around twenty percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage and can happen in the first three months of pregnancy.

The causes are many and include irregular hormone levels in the mother, some infections, abnormalities in the womb and certain medications. Smoking also increases the risk, as does alcohol and drug use.

You may not find out the exact cause of your miscarriage and it is quite common for medical tests to fail to explain the reasons why.

Most miscarriages can’t be prevented, but a nutrient rich diet low in refined carbohydrate and moderate exercise helps keep you healthy and well.

Not consuming certain foods and drinks are a good idea too. Alcohol, coffee and inflammatory foods should be avoided.

Thinking about getting pregnant again

After a miscarriage, many people will be anxious about getting pregnant again. Having doubts is normal, as you may feel that you could miscarry again. Taking time to think about your decision and discuss it with your partner is important, as it can take a toll on your emotions and mental health.

Rest and relaxation are the most important aspect of recovery and are often overlooked. The body after a miscarriage needs to time to heal.

How acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help in recovery and for future pregnancies

We practice gentle treatment for future pregnancies by combining carefully selected traditional herbal medicine and targeted acupuncture at our clinic.  Combining the two gives real strength to the treatment. Together they can help your body recover after a miscarriage by rebalancing your hormones and regulating your periods. They can also help bring strong blood-flow back to your womb and abdomen.

Treatment and lifestyle advice are intended to support each stage of a woman’s ovulatory cycle, since a woman’s chemical balance changes from week to week.

We also use temperature charting to access the health of a woman’s cycle. This is how minor abnormalities in a woman’s cycle are observed.

Some real-life success stories

Collette

Collette had had two consecutive miscarriages and feared she would never have children. When she booked an appointment at Cambourne Acupuncture, she was, in her own words “a broken lady”.

She goes on to say that “after treatment with Jane, my next pregnancy was to be a success and I finally got my rainbow baby. What [Jane] can do for you is priceless. Thank you so much for your help and support”.

Hannah

If you’ve had a miscarriage, or have been having difficulty getting pregnant, please do get in touch and we can discuss how we can help. You can click on the contact us tab to find out more, or you can book an appointment. We are currently offering a free consultation with your first appointment.