As noted in a 2004 study by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Acupuncture for Post chemotherapy Fatigue: A Phase II Study; Generalized fatigue and chronic fatigue symptoms are often experienced by both cancer patients and cancer survivors. Currently, chronic fatigue is not diagnosed with a specific test nor is there a specific treatment available with conventional medicine. Through a differential diagnosis, Acupuncturists are able to determine a syndrome or organ system specific cause of the patients’ symptoms. The goal of the treatment is to provide the patient with long term relief by addressing the underlying problem and not simply masking the symptom. This is often referred to as treating the “root vs. the branch” or the “core vs. the symptom”. While addressing the patient’s complaint(s) or disorder(s), we want to offer symptomatic relief while working on and addressing the root of the problem or core issue(s) to prevent or decrease the likelihood of the symptoms returning.

Typically in TCM, chronic fatigue symptoms and syndromes stem from a deficiency or weakness of Qi. By utilizing acu-points that specifically regulate the movement of Qi and restoring the healthy circulation of Qi and blood throughout the body, patients are able to feel an overall increase in energy, vitality and general well-being.