Natural treatment for fatigue
People experiencing fatigue may feel tired, lethargic, sleepy or just lacking in energy. Fatigue is different from drowsiness, as it doesn't go away, even with more rest. Fatigue (physical fatigue or mental fatigue) is a common occurrence and complicated by the fact that fatigue is a normal healthy response to physical exertion or emotional stress. The effects of fatigue may be increased with drug abuse, poor diet and lack of physical exercise. Fatigue could also be the result of working, mental stress, over-stimulation and under-stimulation, depression and often boredom, disease or lack of sleep.
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Normal Fatigue may begin to become abnormal if it becomes chronic or continues for a prolonged period of time. More long-term and severe symptoms of fatigue are often referred to as Prolonged fatigue or Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and may occur with other symptoms, such as recurrent sore throats, muscle pain, multi-joint pain, tender lymph nodes new patterns of headaches and complaints of impaired memory or concentration. Abnormal fatigue or CFS can also be a symptom of other similar medical conditions, such as fibromyalgia syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis, and multiple chemical sensitivities. People may also experience fatigue as a result of chemical causes, such as poisoning or mineral or vitamin deficiencies.
Symptoms of fatigue
Signs and Symptoms may vary significantly between patients. Hence the need for personalised treatment to address individual symptoms, which may include:
- Severe fatigue that comes on suddenly, especially after you've had the flu
- Low-grade fever and chills
- A sore throat and swollen lymph glands in the neck or armpits
- Muscle and joint aches, without any swelling
- Sleep that doesn't feel refreshing
- Feeling like you are in a fog and are unable to concentrate or remember
- Mood changes
Temporary fatigue (normal fatigue) will be common when our body is recovering from a minor illness, such as the common cold, as it is a natural response of the body when the immune system is fighting an infection. Whereas Prolonged fatigue is a persistent fatigue lasting for generally at least a month and Chronic fatigue is reported as lasting at least six consecutive months and is often a symptom of a number of other diseases or conditions.
Tips to help fight fatigue
In some cases simply making some lifestyle adjustments to include appropriate dietary, exercise and sleep will be sufficient treatment for fatigue.
Health, Healing and Wellness centre provide tiredness and fatigue treatment through the use of naturopathy, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine. Some stress relief and relaxation techniques that can help in the treatment of fatigue include:
- stretching and yoga
- deep breathing and muscle relaxation techniques
- relaxation techniques
- stress relief techniques
- nutritional and herbal supplements
Our Natural therapy professionals are able to assist you with all of the above treatments for fatigue and will often combine a number of treatments. The fatigue treatment will vary depending on the cause and severity of the fatigue. At Health, Healing and Wellness our practitioners will determine your fatigue treatment according to the underlying cause. Fatigue natural remedies can be a great help when trying to combat fatigue. Herbs, nutritional supplements, and vitamins are frequently used as an effective fatigue treatment as it assists with systemic functioning and balancing the body systems while energizing the mind and body. Also, great for increasing strength and endurance. Natural therapies are commonly used treatment for fatigue due to their ability to boost energy levels and fight fatigue without the negative side effects of conventional pharmaceutical drugs.
Suggested dietary changes:
- Drink plenty of water - it's important to keep the body hydrated;
- Limit caffeine intake - 1-2 caffeine drinks are day is enough to boost energy and mental alertness;
- Eat a healthy diet - eat breakfast and eat iron-rich foods - don't skip meals, don't overeat and no crash diets;
- Get into a regular sleep pattern - Minimum 8 hours of restful sleep, try relaxation techniques and to cut out caffeine or other stimulants at least 5 hours before bed and do not exercise. Try not to use of sleeping pills.
Suggested lifestyle changes:
- Seek treatment for substance abuse;
- Increase physical activity and limit sedentary activity - physical activity is vital for stress relief, healthy sleep, and building stamina;
- Reduce Stress - try to address any workplace or family issues, prioritize, organise and find time to relax;
- Quit smoking and cut down on alcohol - Toxins from smoke and alcohol can cause fatigue. Alcohol can also cause poor sleep.
As studies that psychological factors affect 50-80% of fatigue cases, it worthwhile to access your personal situation if you find you are experiencing ongoing fatigue:
- Assess your lifestyle
- Learn Relaxation techniques
- Take time out for yourself and to do nothing
- Most importantly make time to have fun - laughter really is the best medicine.
Greg Bantick has been in practice since 1975 in a wide variety of clinical settings. He has particular interests in dermatology, digestive, mood and auto-immune disorders. He is registered as a Chinese herbalist, pharmacist and acupuncturist with AHPRA CMR0001733690.Read More
Tina has over 30 year’s clinical practice in natural therapies. As a practitioner in naturopathy and acupuncture, Tina has remarkable insight coupled with a caring nature and is a beacon of hope for those she cares for.Read More
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