Holistic Treatments and Practices for Fatigue
The primary cause of various health problems and diseases, such as fatigue, is the disturbance of the flow of life energy called "qi" through the body. One way to release the qi is through acupuncture, which induces the body to release endorphins lessening pain and reducing fatigue.
Some herbal remedies work to improve blood circulation, which in turn, can reduce the symptoms of fatigue. Such remedies include astragalus, balmony, cayenne pepper, damiana, licorice, peppermint, panax ginseng, siberian ginseng, and rosemary.
Meditation has been found to decrease fatigue through relaxing the body and calming the mind. Mentally, it helps increase energy, improve alertness and memory, and lower stress levels. Physically, it works to lower blood pressure and heart rate, promote better sleep, and enhance immune function.
Acupressure works the same way as the popular alternative treatment acupuncture-- it helps get rid of the blockages that hinder the proper flow of "Qi" or the life energy that flows throughout the body. Fatigue is one of the many blockage conditions that can be successfully treated with acupressure.
In treating fatigue, the color red is used, as it promotes balance and healing of both the mind and body by inducing the production of red blood cells and improving blood circulation.
The basis of using flower essences as a remedy for fatigue is that fatigue is a condition associated with a person's current state, or to a specific feeling or emotion. There are many Flower Essences and Remedies which address each very specific cause and symptoms associated with a patient's particular fatigue.
Reflexology is an alternative treatment suitable for all ages, and effective for a wide variety of conditions, including fatigue, which is often caused by stress. It manages fatigue by counteracting the effects of fatigue through inducing muscle relaxation, improving blood circulation, eliminating wastes and toxins, and restoring balance in the body.
Tai Chi is an ideal complementary treatment for conditions where there is limitation of movement or lack of energy, such as with fatigue and the symptoms of fatigue. This is because this treatment involves gentle, slow exercises that allows the body to be deeply relaxed and relieved from stresses, thereby increasing the body and mind's energy levels.
With Homeopathy, it is important to recognize the sources of fatigue in order to alleviate the symptoms. Homeopathic medicine uses natural plant, animal and mineral based substances that would, in a healthy person, illicit similar symptoms of fatigue to the ones you are experiencing.
Polarity therapy is based on the belief that our body is an electromagnetic field that consists of both positive and negative charges. This complementary therapy works to relieve fatigue by ensuring that these charges are in a state of balance. Using this therapy will help relax the mind and body, resulting to the relief of symptoms associated with fatigue.
Music therapy helps promote deep relaxation. According to studies, listening to your favorite music for at least 20 minutes per day will help reduce stress and relieve fatigue. Sound therapy uses distinct tones to affect changes on the health of the person suffering with fatigue.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the belief that any disturbance in the flow of chi, or life energy, will result to illnesses such as fatigue. TCM practitioners work to restore the proper flow of chi through complementary therapies like detoxification, herbal medicine, and acupuncture which help increase energy levels and enhance strength and flexibility.
Yoga is a very effective therapy for fatigue, since it is a combination of slow movements that allows for complete relaxation and stress reduction, which in turn, cultivates the individual's life force energy. It is also believed that this treatment causes the activation of the parasympathetic response, or otherwise known as the body's rest and healing response.
A fairly common complementary therapy that has been referred to as “homeopathy of bodywork” is called Bowen technique (Bowen therapy or Bowen work). Bowen technique works to relieve fatigue and fatigue symptoms by gently moving muscles and tissues using the practitioner’s thumbs and fingers.
Fatigue is different from drowsiness. In general, drowsiness is feeling the need to sleep. Fatigue is a lack of energy and motivation. Drowsiness and apathy (a feeling of not caring about what happens) can be symptoms of fatigue. Fatigue can be a normal and important response to physical exertion, emotional stress, boredom, or lack of sleep.
However, it can also be a sign of a more serious mental or physical condition. When fatigue is not relieved by enough sleep, good nutrition, or a low-stress environment, it should be evaluated by a practitioner. Chronic Fatigue, Adrenal Fatigue and other fatigue based conditions can be successfully treated with holisit therapies.