Chronic fatigue syndrome is far more than just being tired. Those affected can get so run down that it interferes with their ability to function in day to day activities; some become severely disabled and even bedridden. In addition to extreme fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome encompasses a wide range of symptoms including, but not limited to, persistent headaches, throat irritation, flu-like symptoms, enlarged lymph nodes, poor sleep quality, and chronic muscle and joint pain.
The cause of CFS has not been identified, but factors such as hormones, viruses, elevated stress or a compromised immune system are thought to be contributors. Despite no cure, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can give sufferers the relief they need to improve their quality of life. Treatments help you avoid getting sick as often, reduce recovery time, improve your energy and stamina, soothe emotions, and enliven the mind.
A 2017 meta-analysis, titled “A Systematic Review of Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” revealed encouraging news for patients suffering from symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Published in the Journal of Acupuncture Research”, the study found that acupuncture treatment can significantly alleviate fatigue and pain.
Researchers evaluated the effectiveness and safety of using acupuncture therapy to treat fatigue in CFS patients. In this analysis, researchers scoured through 15 medical databases worldwide, specifically choosing studies that tested acupuncture as a lone treatment. Ultimately, 11 randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) were chosen, which included a total of 869 participants. Of the 11 RCTs, 9 were compared with sham acupuncture; the remaining 2 were compared to a wait-list group and medication group.
Researchers were able to evaluate the efficacy of treatment by observing several medical tools that were employed during the various trials. To evaluate the symptoms of chronic fatigue, the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) was used. This is a self-survey given to patients before and after treatment so there is an accurate measurement of symptoms on record.
Other self-survey tools included the Stress Response Inventory (SRI) and the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI). The SRI measures a patient’s emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and somatic responses. The ISI rates the level of sleep quality for each patient.
The acupuncture point selection for the real acupuncture treatments varied across the trials–a total of 21 acupoints were used. It was noted that a point on the stomach meridian, the path that energy traverses, was the most highly utilized. The urinary bladder was the most frequently treated meridian.
It was determined that real acupuncture treatments, when compared to sham acupuncture, did significantly alleviate fatigue, reduce levels of pain, improve quality of life, and positively affect mood.
The study concluded with researchers affirming the outstanding results acupuncture plays in reducing extreme tiredness and alleviating pain for patients suffering from CFS. Acupuncture was also noted for its safety, with no serious side effects reported.
Source: Kim HG, Ryoo DW, Jeong SM, et al. (2017). A Systematic Review of Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Journal of Acupuncture Research. Retrieved online at https://www.e-jar.org/journal/view.php?number=2367
Having recently experienced, firsthand, some of the key benefits to be had from the drinking of kefir, this month we’ve been inspired to share a list of eight of kefir’s proven health promoting effects as summarized on the Healthline website. To access the full article, please click here.
- Kefir is a fermented milk drink, cultured from kefir grains. It is a rich source of calcium, protein and B vitamins.
- Kefir may contain up to 61 different microorganisms, making it a much more potent source of probiotics than many other fermented dairy products.
- Kefir contains the probiotic Lactobacillus kefiri and the carbohydrate kefiran, both of which protect against harmful bacteria.
- Kefir made from dairy is an excellent source of calcium, and full-fat dairy kefir also contains vitamin K2. These nutrients have major benefits for bone health.
- Some test-tube and animal studies indicate that kefir can inhibit cancer cell growth. However, there are no current studies in people.
- Probiotics like kefir can treat several forms of diarrhea. They can also lead to improvements in various digestive diseases.
- Kefir is low in lactose because its lactic acid bacteria have already pre-digested the lactose. People who have lactose intolerance can often drink kefir without problems.
- Limited evidence from animal studies suggests that drinking kefir may reduce allergic reactions.
Try this delicious Kefir based white sauce on your next meatloaf or gyros!
60 g Olive oil Mayonnaise
90 g Kefir
3-4 Cloves of Garlic
3 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Ground White Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
Blend all ingredients with a stick blender till smooth. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer of women, the leading threat for men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, according to health organizations. People of all ages and population groups are affected–even children. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for high blood pressure and heart disease–a risk factor that was previously only seen in adults. There may be symptoms of cardiovascular disease, but in about 64 percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease, there were none. When symptoms do appear they are usually shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, back or jaw pain, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, and extreme fatigue.
With cardiovascular disease topping out as the leading cause of death worldwide the focus is on prevention to prevent systematic harms by managing high blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing stress, improving sleep quality, maintaining a healthy weight, increased physical activity, and smoking cessation increased. If you are having issues in any of these areas, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help.
According to acupuncture and Oriental medicine the heart takes responsibility for the circulation of the life force of the body Blood, the basic unit of energy that powers all of life Qi, and the center of consciousness Shen. The Shen embodies our capacity for logic and emotional intelligence. When it is disturbed by injury, trauma, illness, poor diet, lifestyle choices or an accumulation of daily stress, it is said to be ‘disturbed.’ Having a harmonious Shen is of the utmost importance for maintaining heart health.
Often, it is the unbalanced energy produced by the liver that is a big culprit in this condition. Liver energy is, by nature, very active and easily flares upwards in an aggressive, uncontrolled manner. This rising Liver Qi aggravates the heart so that blood is pushed too forcefully against the arterial walls. If this aggression persists for too long a heart attack, kidney damage, and other serious consequences may result.
By integrating acupuncture and Oriental medicine into a heart healthy lifestyle, you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. One obvious way to keep your heart tip-top shape is by maintaining an acceptable blood pressure level. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine provide treatments that will work directly to reduce high blood pressure and mitigate the symptoms of stress.
One way Oriental medicine can increase your physical activity is through the use of tai chi. Tai chi is a gentle exercise that keeps you moving and helps keep stress at bay. More like a slow, rhythmic dance tai chi is designed to encourage the body and mind into a state of calm. The routines involve continuous motions that are not difficult to learn and are gentle enough for any age group to engage in.
Come in for a consultation to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can benefit your heart and help you to live a long, healthy life.
The start of the new year is a time of looking forward to the future, setting goals and putting in motion the steps necessary to achieve them. Emotional wellness enhances our ability to move forward effectively and includes recognizing and accepting our emotions, thinking clearly, and making decisions. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine nurtures emotional wellness and provides support for mental health disorders.
Almost a third of the population report sufficient qualifying criteria for mental health disorders at some point in their life. Mental illnesses like major depression, anxiety, panic disorder, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD), PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and manic disorders disrupt your thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning, which results in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Any major life upheaval, emotional distress or a chronic condition can trigger unexpected feelings and behaviors. These imbalances can throw off your immune system or cause symptoms of pain, sleep disturbances, abnormal digestion, headaches, and, over time, more serious illnesses can develop.
Oriental medicine does not recognize any mental disorder as one particular syndrome but addresses the specific symptoms that are unique to you using a variety of techniques including acupuncture, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and exercises to restore imbalances found in your body.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help manage:
Anxiety and Stress Disorders
Anxiety comes in a wide range of manifestations, from mild worrying to more physical responses such as nausea, insomnia, shortness of breath and panic attacks. Acupuncture provides relief from stressors that cause anxiety along with managing the symptoms and related health issues that may develop as a result.
Common symptoms of depressive disorders include a decreased interest in most activities, insomnia, fatigue, and feeling empty and worthless. Even when depression is sub-clinical, the body’s immune system is compromised and the symptoms reduce functioning, impair work performance and social relationships. Acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances, support the immune system, and directly affect the way your body manages stress and your mental health.
Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorders (ADHD)
ADD and ADHD disorders are conditions of the brain that makes it difficult to concentrate or control impulsive behavior. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help enhance concentration, reduce fidgeting, augment mood management techniques, reduce hyperactivity and enhance concentration.
Mental health issues are best managed when health professionals work together to meet your unique needs. An excellent addition to any treatment plan used to manage a mental health disorder, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can relieve emotional and physical symptoms by correcting imbalances and providing immune system support.
Call to find out more about how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you optimize your emotional wellness and be integrated into your mental and emotional wellness plan!
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We are pleased to announce the completion of our two part video series “Introduction to Chinese Medicine!”
Based on the lecture series of the same name and inspired by the positive feedback and encouragement that we received from attendees at our classroom sessions, the series offers a brief introduction to some of the basic themes and methods of classical Chinese medicine in a readily accessible and entertaining slideshow format.
To access these videos, please click here.
Join Sherry on Saturday, January 21st from 10am to 11:30am at Burlington’s Goodness Me for her lecture entitled:
“TCM and Weight Management”
Did you know that according to Statistics Canada:
– One in four adult Canadians and one in 10 children are clinically obese?
– Just over a third of Canadians are overweight?
– Canada ranks third, internationally, in the percentage of the population that is overweight or obese?
Obesity and overweight status are linked to a variety of health risks such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, and osteoarthritis. In this presentation, registered practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine Sherry Fang Liu highlights some of the numerous advantages of incorporating TCM methods into conventional diet and exercise-based programs of weight-management. Following a brief overview of some related physiological concepts, you will learn: how TCM identifies and aims to treat the root causes of weight gain, how TCM and Western methods can complement each other, and what clinical research has demonstrated- regarding the effectiveness of TCM techniques. Over the course of the presentation, several acupressure points of assistance in the reduction of cravings will be demonstrated.
Shanghai Acrobats come to Burlington!
For more information about this world class act of choreographed acrobatics,
please visit the website of The Burlington Centre for the Performing Arts
Join Sherry on Saturday, November 19th at Hamilton Mountain’s Goodness Me for her presentation:
“Fertility and Traditional Chinese Medicine”
According to some estimates, infertility affects approximately one in six couples in Canada. In this presentation, registered practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine Sherry Fang Liu presents some of the results of contemporary research regarding the effectiveness and action of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of infertility. You will also learn about how the methods of TCM can effectively compliment conventional medical treatments such as IVF and IUI. Along the way, some examples of things that can be done at home to facilitate the chances of conceiving a healthy baby naturally will be discussed.
Join Sherry on Saturday, September 17th at Hamilton Mountain’s Goodness Me for her presentation: “Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine”
Traditional Chinese Medicine serves the health care needs of over a quarter of the world’s population. In this seminar, Registered Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine Sherry Fang Liu offers a fascinating look into the foundations and methods of what is one of the oldest but, especially today, still highly relevant systems of health-care. You will learn about the intriguing way in which health and illness are defined from an Eastern perspective, how illness is believed to come about, as well as of the various healing techniques characteristic of TCM and how they can be used to effectively, naturally and safely treat a wide range of illnesses. Along the way, practical tips will be provided regarding small and simple changes that you can make in your day-to-day routines that can have lasting and positive effects on your own health and wellness.
Drop by our booth and meet Sherry at the 2016 Burlington Wholistic Wellness Expo on Sunday, June 5th
This year’s venue will be at the Burlington Holiday Inn Hotel, 3063 South Service Road.
For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Expo’s website.
Join Sherry on Saturday, February 20th (10am -11:30 am) at Brantford’s Goodness Me for her presentation on the topic of TCM and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Residents of Burlington and the surrounding areas may wish to catch her second offering of this seminar on Saturday, March 12th (10am-11:30am) in Burlington.
Canada has one of the highest rates of IBS in the world.Five million Canadians (14%) suffer from IBS with 120,000 Canadians developing the condition each yearIt is a common health concern that can be safely and effectively treated through the use of traditional Chinese medicine.In this presentation, Registered Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine Sherry Fang Liu will discuss IBS, from the perspective of Oriental medicine. You will learn how what is commonly diagnosed as IBS here in the West, is otherwise known as a group of related but separate disorders, each with a different cause, pattern of symptoms and treatment. You will also learn the location and function of 6 different acupressure points, along with breathing exercises and dietary tips, that you can easily use at home to help manage your symptoms and stay healthy.