You may think that feeling tired is “normal” but it’s not. People experiencing adrenal fatigue often have to use coffee, colas, sugar, or sugary sweet foods to prop themselves up in the morning or to even get through the day. There is a difference between feeling tired and dragging yourself through life. You know the difference between feeling tired and being tired all the time. Luckily there are natural remedies, including Chinese medicine and acupuncture for adrenal fatigue support.
Adrenal fatigue is a debilitating syndrome that can wreak havoc with your life. In more serious cases, the activity of the adrenal glands is so diminished that other organs over time are greatly affected. As a result of this, unnecessary weight gain, hypothyroidism, food cravings, low blood pressure, feelings of cold, and PMS, and overall lack of sex drive are many health conditions that can be seen coupled with or masking underlying adrenal fatigue.
Some important questions to consider concerning adrenal fatigue:
-Is it becoming harder and harder for you to get out of bed in the morning?
-Are you finding that your level of fatigue has reached a whole new level?
-Are sugar and caffeine the only way to get you through the day-especially around 4pm?
-Have you been to your primary care physician and told that everything is normal yet you don’t feel normal? You are not alone. Chronic fatigue can affect many of us and we need help to feel better so that we can function better in our daily lives.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms known as a syndrome when the adrenal glands functioning below the necessary level. It is most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress and can arise also after a sudden illness or chronic long-term health condition. The most common symptom of adrenal fatigue is fatigue. This fatigue is not relieved by sleep and you feel TIRED ALL THE TIME. Sleep does not seem to alleviate the prolonged fatigue.
What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is caused by your adrenal glands not being able to produce enough hormones that are needed in order for the body to cope with stress or every day life. Even though you may think, “I am NOT stressed,” many people (and their bodies) are actually conditioned to operate in a stress-like response or manner. This is because your adrenal glands are being over used and over stimulated. Thus, your adrenals become tired as a result of over stimulation, and the fatigue that sets in (like a car with no gas trying to go 100 miles per hour) doesn’t go away.
Overstimulation of your adrenals, thyroid, and other organs over time can be caused either by a very intense single stressor, or by chronic or repeated stresses that have a cumulative effect on the physiological functioning of the body. The adrenal glands are very important because they help your body to respond to every kind of stress (whether it’s physical, emotional, or psychological) through hormones that regulate energy production and storage, immune function, heart rate, muscle tone, and other processes that enable you to cope with the stress. Whether you have an emotional crisis such a break up, death of a loved one, major surgery or trauma, or any type of severe repeated or constant stress in your life, your adrenals have to respond to the stress and maintain homeostasis.
Why haven’t I heard of Adrenal Fatigue before?
Although adrenal fatigue affects millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, conventional medicine does not yet recognize it as a distinct syndrome. However, it is important to consult your primary care physician to rule out any possible factors that can be causing prolonged fatigue. Once that is ruled out, then complimentary/alternative medical care may be an option.
How Can We Use Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for Adrenal Fatigue?
Fortunately diagnosing and treating the many symptoms and causes of an adrenal and or chronic fatigue is something that Chinese medicine can help with right away. Acupuncture is administered for adrenal fatigue in order to rejuvenate the body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system response. This helps people to deeply relax and restore energy. Chinese herbal medicine and food dietetics are also used to correct any underlying deficiencies that have been exhausting the body over time.
When you take time out to reset and rejuvenate your body with Chinese medicine and Acupuncture, you are rejuvenating not just your body but your present life, past, and years ahead of you. Nourish your body so that you live your life to the fullest with a new source of energy that comes from within you.