Adrenal Fatigue refers to a group of symptoms arising from the adrenal glands not secreting enough hormones, or secreting them at the wrong time. Being in a chronic nervous state of fight-or-flight may eventually burn out the adrenals, leading to jitters or anxiety, energy levels that yo-yo from extremely tired to extremely active, or just constant tiredness. People with adrenal fatigue need more sleep than someone with healthy adrenals. They should absolutely avoid caffeine except for on occasions or in very small doses. People with adrenal fatigue need a “clean” but energizing diet with nutrient-dense foods.
Acupuncture diagnoses of Adrenal Fatigue may include: Kidney Yang Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency, Spleen Yang Deficiency, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Blood Deficiency.
Adrenal Fatigue is treated with targeted acupuncture points for supporting the active energy (Yang) and moving stagnant Qi. They usually involve the Kidney meridian, Spleen and Stomach meridians, Liver meridian, and the midline meridians of Ren and Du. Acupuncture points are selected according to the diagnosis you match up with, or according to your specific symptoms. Adrenal fatigue is also commonly treated with Moxibustion (Moxa) which warms up acupuncture points with a roll of gently burning herbs. Acupuncture treatments for adrenal fatigue are enjoyable because you will probably feel sleepy and relaxed during the treatment, then balanced and energized within a few hours after. Next stages of treatment include improvements to the sleep-wake cycle, recommendations of healing foods and herbal tea, and possibly herbal medicine. An important focus for becoming completely free from adrenal fatigue is to improve your energy and sleep quality, and eliminate stress. While it may not be possible to completely remove causes of stress, you can become healthier, stronger, and happier so that the pressure of stress affects you less.