From the perspective of Eastern medicine, your internal energy known as Qi, can influence your physical and mental well-being. It constantly flows through you, and when your Qi is compromised you can develop a number of conditions.
In this blog post, we will be covering just one of the many conditions that may be caused by a Qi deficiency, chronic fatigue. Keep reading to learn more on the symptoms and causes of a Qi deficiency, and how to restore it and boost your energy with Eastern medicine.
Just as your Qi can affect your physical and mental well-being, fatigue can be experienced both physically and mentally.
Symptoms of fatigue include:
- Lack of physical energy
- Shortness of breath
- Lack of desire to speak or socialize
- Lack of motivation to accomplish tasks
- Difficulty focusing
- Falling asleep
Your Qi deficiency and fatigue can be caused by a number of factors including your age, as well as lifestyle factors such as sleep and your diet. As you age your Qi naturally declines regardless of your habits and lifestyle. Because a gradual decline of Qi is a completely normal part of the aging process, lower energy levels are to be expected as you age. However, making changes to your regular habits and lifestyle can help you keep the energy from your youth in your later years.
In Eastern medicine, your body and mind performs its best when it is in balance. If you have low energy levels, it may be because you’re working too hard. One of the first things you can do to combat your fatigue and bring your body back to balance is rest. That doesn’t just mean taking a nap, relaxing activities that emphasize breathing like yoga and Qigong can significantly boost your energy levels. If you are already getting a healthy amount of sleep, and take time to unwind with other relaxing activities, making changes to your diet may improve your symptoms of fatigue. In Eastern medicine, the foods you eat can impact your Qi, and oftentimes fatigue is the result of weak spleen Qi. Therefore, eating foods that support your spleen Qi can restore your energy levels.
Some foods that are beneficial for your spleen Qi include:
- Root vegetables like sweet potatoes
- Miso soup
Some foods that are detrimental to your spleen Qi Include:
- Refined sugars/grains
- Fried foods
- Salty foods
Cutting out these foods, and incorporating ones that benefit your spleen Qi is the next step you should take if you do not experience much of a change in your energy levels after improving your sleeping patterns and incorporating more leisure time into your daily routine.
Afterward, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other treatments from Eastern medicine may be necessary to restore your Qi and boost your energy.
If you regularly experience physical and mental exhaustion, a customized treatment plan from one of our Eastern medicine practitioners can get you back to feeling your best. Contact us today to learn more!