Tiredness, Exhaustion, Energy and Acupuncture

Tiredness, Exhaustion, Energy and Acupuncture

How many times have you been woken by your alarm clock and just think to yourself that I haven’t been to sleep long enough and you just want to turn over in bed and sleep for a few more hours.

Or you keep hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock and get up with only 5 minutes to get out the door to work or to take the kids to school.

You mind is foggy and you can’t think straight, you have poor concentration, your body feels like you are carrying a big bag of boulders around with you, you have aching muscles and sometimes a dull headache.

Are you working long hours, or doing a lot of physical work which is exhausting your system.

You just want to go back to sleep at 11 or you hit the afternoon slump around 2 or 3 o’clock.

You seem to catch everything going, colds, tummy bugs, you immunity is low, you catch everything going, coughs, cold, tummy bugs, sore throats.

You eat too much rubbish like chocolate and cakes to give you a false energy; you drink to many stimulating drinks to help keep you going.  All of this is damaging to your health, and depletes your Qi energy.

You stop exercising because you don’t have the energy.  Exercise gives you energy, the hardest things to do are put on your shoes and get out the door for a walk, but when you have done your  walk, run, cycle or swim, yoga or which excercise you feel good doing.

You have too much stress and anxiety this depletes your energy.

Other symptoms that you may feel are dizziness, palpitations, breathlessness, don’t want to talk, poor appetite, irritable bowel, sore lower back, weak knees, no motivation can’t be bothered to do anything, feeling cold, poor concentration and memory, child birth, depression, miscarriage, pain and frequent urination.

Tiredness can be caused by a number of factors, over work, stress, childbirth, physical overexertion, poor diet, severe illness, recreational drugs,

My experience of chronic tiredness/fatigue.  I love horses and have ridden them I think before I could walk.  All I wanted to be when I grew up was to be a jockey, I came to Ireland in 1991 and worked for a race horse trainer, I loved it I was doing exactly what I wanted to do.  The hours were very long and it was hard physical work generally you would be in the yard at 6.30am 6 days a week and on a Sunday 7am, often 7 days a week, but I still loved my job.  Horses aren’t aware of Saturdays or Sundays, they still needed feeding and exercising.  The weekends were always busy because of racing.  In 1995 I started to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and during my first year of studying I found out I was pregnant.   In 1996 I gave birth to my daughter Hannah I was 25, I had a difficult labour which ended in a c-section.  When I left hospital I was exhausted, sleep deprivation is very hard to deal with, and when your very small baby is hungry she makes a lot of noise until you feed her.  I was very lucky Hannah was an excellent baby and soon got the hang of sleeping. After 4 months I went back to work with horse’s part time, and continued studying Traditional Chinese Medicine as well.  At this time I found my energy was low, very low on a scale of 1 to 10 i was a 1, I would drop Hannah to my childminder and go to ride out the race horses,  by 10.30 I just wanted to go back to bed and sleep.  Hannah was sleeping at this time so I was having a full night sleep, but when I woke in the morning I felt I had only just got into bed.  I would drag myself out of bed get Hannah ready and try and get though the day, my concentration was poor, my body felt heavy, just lifting my legs was a complete effort, I would catch every cold going, my concentration and memory was very poor.  I went to see my doctor he told me to take a week of work, and take some mutivitiums.  I did this, but I didn’t feel any better, in fact I felt worse.  My joints started to be affected, it started with a pain in my wrists and elbows, I found it very hard to lift my baby, she was around 6 months, one night I woke to go to the toilet and I swung my legs to get out of bed and the pain that shoot up though my ankles and legs was unbearable.  I went to the doctor who prescribed me pain killers, I’ll be honest they didn’t help at all.  When you are not feeling well you cannot make healthy decisions.  I not sure why I didn’t start acupuncture sooner.  But at the beginning of 1997 I started acupuncture treatment it took about 6 treatments before I went in and said YES I am starting to feel better.  With another 2 treatments i really did start to feel back to myself,  I continue to get acupuncture done  now 1 acupuncture treatment every 6 to 8 weeks.  I completely believe that acupuncture help me get my energy and health back.

When you have an acupuncture treatment for tiredness/fatigue/exhaustion/no energy, it takes into account the whole picture, why has this happened, how long have you had this problem, and any other factor that could have caused tiredness.  The treatment structure will be tailored to suit each individual person to help get them back on their feet, build back up their energy.  By looking at the different internal organs, typically the Pi/spleen and Fei/lung Qi (energy), also looking at lifestyle and diet.