Adrenal fatigue affects many thousands of men and women in the US alone as it saps the energy from the body, leaving people restless, have difficult focusing on tasks and making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. The condition of adrenal fatigue usually occurs after a long illness or period of physical or emotional stress. Once the adrenal glands have been overtaxed, it takes time for them to fully recover.
Treating adrenal fatigue has been difficult in the past because there is no “cure” in the general sense. However, adrenal fatigue can be treated in helping the body renew its energies and get back to a normal life more quickly using a number of methods.
One of the more interesting treatments for adrenal fatigue is acupuncture. Traditional Chinese acupuncture has been used for a number of different types of conditions, but adrenal fatigue is actually well suited for the effects of acupuncture.
How Acupuncture Works to Overcome the Effects of Adrenal Fatigue
Essentially, acupuncture helps restore the proper state of internal balance in the body. Because the adrenal glands are fatigued, they no longer produce the proper amount of hormones which in turn affects the entire body.
Acupuncture stimulates the body and helps release the proper chemicals generated by the body into the organs. In turn, these chemicals will help reduce the pain, inflammation or assist in secreting hormones that the body is not producing in normal amounts. For those who suffer from adrenal fatigue, this means that the production of hormones is being stimulated so that it will restore itself to normal levels.
The acupuncture treatments themselves may start to show signs of working immediately in some patients while others will take several sessions. For most, the acupuncture will take a little time for the effects to be fully felt much like exercise takes time to get the muscles into shape. Generally speaking, the greater the effects of the adrenal fatigue, the longer it will take the acupuncture to work.
Additional Treatments for Adrenal Fatigue
In addition to the acupuncture, it is recommended that patients try to restore the natural balance of their hormonal production using additional methods as well starting by eating a healthy diet that contains more protein to help the body recover properly.
No Stimulants: Sugar and caffeine will need to be gradually cut from the diet in order for the adrenal glands to be fully restored. This is because stimulants have the effect of working the already stressed adrenal glands to the limit. Gradually cutting down on caffeine, sugar and other stimulants will help the body recover.
Sleep: One symptom of adrenal fatigue is the lack of sleep. You can help restore this lack of sleep by going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time the next morning. This will help the body restore its natural function so that you can start sleeping normally again.
Acupuncture is an important part of treating adrenal fatigue, but it does need to be augmented by other treatments so that patients can enjoy the full effect and recover more quickly.