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Chinese Medicine uses a combination of techniques to manage CFS. First emphasis is on the immune system and to conserve or generating energy. Chinese Medicine uses a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, moxibustion and lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise, rest, and meditation to treat fatigues and CFS. Herbs are used to support immune functions. Generally, a low stress diet is emphasized to conserve the energy that goes into digestion. (It is suggested that up to 30 to 40 percent of the body's energy goes to digestion.) Acupuncture, herbs and diet reinforce each other. Acupuncture reprograms the body and the herbs support that reprogramming.

Chinese Medicine practitioners suggest that immune system can be improved by working on the way the body produces energy from protein. Immune system and the body's production of energy are closely related. For example, in case of CFS, the immune system may be using as much as 60 percent of the body's energy storage compound called ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which manufactures proteins to make immune antibodies. Your body is deprived of the energy because your immune system is using all the ATP and it has shifted the use of ATP to the immune system for the production of antibodies. The result? You feel very tired.

If this hypothesis is correct, then CFS can be treated using the acupuncture points that relate to autoimmunity and all the meridians (energy channels) in the body. Very often, the patients are advised to undergo allergy testing before acupuncture treatment. Diets are prescribed to get rid of the toxins or allergens found in the analysis.

Chinese Herbal Formula

Several Chinese herbal formulae are helpful in managing CFS.

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan (Tonify the Middle and Augment the Chi Pills) This Chinese herbal formula may help boost your energy levels.

Xiao Chai Hu Wan (Minor Bupleurum Pills), is especially helpful if CFS first began with flu-like symptoms.

Astragalus Ten Formula This is a commercially prepared mixture. It combines Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis), astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), and other herbs. Some patients report improvement after taking this formula regularly.

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