Who Gets Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and How Can Acupuncture Help? – Seattle, WA
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by debilitating fatigue that is not relieved by rest. The cause(s) of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are unclear. Many theories have been proposed, ranging from viral infections to aberrant psychological reactions to stress. There is no known cure for CFS. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms.
Who Gets CFS?
The typical individual diagnosed with CFS is a woman in her 40s and 50s. Men are much less likely to be diagnosed with CFS. Children and adolescents are occasionally diagnosed with CFS. CFS is believed to be seriously under-diagnosed, with around one Americans suffering from the condition.
Acupuncture for CFS
A double-blinded randomized controlled trial compared acupuncture to a sham procedure as a treatment for CFS. The patients were treated twice a week for four weeks. The active acupuncture treatment was quite effective in relieving fatigue and improving physical functioning. Oddly, it was not very effective in relieving mental functioning; suggesting that acupuncture plus antidepressants or cognitive behavioral therapy may relieve all of the major symptoms of CFS.
Some centers, such as Pinnacle Integrative in Seattle WA, have begun offering medical treatment side-by-side with acupuncture treatment. This combined approach is an excellent option for many conditions, bringing the strengths of both to tackle complicated health problems. CFS is clearly one of those conditions that responds best to a multi-modality approach. Seattle WA acupuncturists can help treat the fatigue that goes along with CFS, but they cannot diagnose the condition nor can they prescribe the various antidepressants and sleep aids that help many CFS sufferers.
Work Side by Side
Many medical doctors still view acupuncture with suspicion and won’t consider it as a treatment for their patients. At Pinnacle Integrative in Seattle WA, the doctors are eager to prescribe acupuncture as a part of a patient’s treatment. Instead of being sent to a random Seattle WA acupuncturist, the patient can simply be treated by a skilled acupuncturist at Pinnacle Integrative in Seattle WA. Many insurance companies cover acupuncture treatments if they are prescribed by a medical doctor.
How Does it Work?
It’s unclear how acupuncture works. It seems to directly affect the brain in some way, altering how the brain perceives and reacts to stimuli, particularly painful stimuli. Some experts believe that many of the symptoms of CFS are caused by abnormal responses of the brain to stimuli. If acupuncture can return the brain’s responses to normal, it may be able to slowly cure the condition.