Chronic Fatigue Treatment Alternative

In addition to lifestyle changes and conventional medical treatments, many chronic fatigue treatment plans include complementary and alternative treatments. While complementary and alternative treatments–like acupuncture, hypnotherapy and yoga–lie outside of conventional Western medicine, they bring relief to many chronic fatigue patients.

Such therapies are referred to as “complementary” when they are used as part of a chronic fatigue treatment plan that also includes conventional methods, and as “alternative” when they are used in place of conventional methods.

Make sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any complementary or alternative treatments for chronic fatigue. It is important to rule out any underlying medical causes of fatigue before embarking on an alternative treatment plan.

Acupuncture and Acupressure in Chronic Fatigue Treatment

Acupuncture and acupressure are therapies from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that stimulate the body’s pressure points. Acupuncture uses very fine needles, while acupressure uses touch. Acupuncture is often used to treat fibromyalgia, a disease that causes chronic fatigue. It may relieve symptoms including pain, fatigue and anxiety. Acupressure may improve the function of many of your body’s systems, including immune system function and hormone production. You can even perform it on yourself after learning the techniques.

Hypnotherapy in Chronic Fatigue Treatment

Hypnosis, along with other psychological treatments, can be helpful for chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue syndrome often has psychological elements, most commonly depression and stress. Hypnotherapy can help the chronic fatigue patient to relax and address possible underlying psychological issues, including depression, low self-esteem and poor coping abilities. It can also help the patient build confidence and address mental exhaustion.

Movement Therapies for Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue patients may benefit from movement techniques that simultaneously promote relaxation and gentle muscle activity. Exercise is important for chronic fatigue sufferers, as it helps increase energy, but patients often do not have the energy for intense workouts. Gentle movement techniques that exercise both the mind and the body can increase physical and mental energy while reducing stress. Yoga, tai chi and simple stretching exercises are all relaxing ways to add physical activity to your routine. Look for exercise routines that are targeted to the needs of chronic fatigue patients.

Meditation and Breathing for Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue treatment may include meditation or deep breathing techniques to help relax the muscles and reduce stress. Yoga can be a particularly beneficial chronic fatigue treatment, as it includes breathing exercises and meditation along with physical movement. Meditation can have similar effects to those of hypnosis, but meditation can more easily be performed alone.

Resources

Kouguell, M. (n.d.). Hypnosis and chronic fatigue syndrome. Retrieved October 11, 2010, from http://www.brooksidecenter.com/hypnosis_and_chronic_fatigue_syn.htm

Mayo Clinic Staff. (2009). Chronic fatigue syndrome: Alternative medicine. Retrieved October 11, 2010, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/DS00395/DSECTION=alternative-medicine