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Oriental Medicine Brings New Life to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month

Fatigue is a common occurrence experienced by millions on a regular basis. However, for those suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), fatigue is a constant symptom in what is often thought of as an underlying systemic illness. Additional indicators of CFS consist of flu-like symptoms, generalized pain and memory problems, and an inability to perform mental or physical activities easily.

Though the cause of CFS remains unknown, it is quickly becoming recognized as a serious medical condition. Based on recent studies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as half a million people in the United States suffer from CFS.

Perhaps what is most frustrating about this illness is that there is no cure. Oriental medicine, however, has several techniques to manage CFS symptoms that are both safe and effective when administered by a licensed acupuncturist.

Focusing on the immune system, Oriental medicine combines acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise and meditation. Strengthening the immune system revitalizes the body which is a powerful tool in controlling CFS symptoms.

Studies show that the endorphins released by acupuncture can raise the amount of white blood cells, T-cells and anti-bodies in the body, which increase the body's level of immunity. Chinese herbal medicine, which is one of the most sophisticated herbal medicine systems in the world, also helps to boost the immune system by creating more antibodies, which fight disease.

For more information about how Oriental medicine can help patients with CFS, please call (800) 729-0941. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine