M.E. (Myalgic Encephalopathy), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S) and Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (P.V.F.S) cause severe and debilitating fatigue, in addition to a wide range of other symptoms such as: painful muscles and joints; headaches; depression; sleep disorders; gastric disturbances and poor memory and concentration.
In some cases the onset has been linked to a viral infection, for others following an operation or accident and for some the onset has been slow and insiduous. It is estimated 250,000 people in Britain could be affected by this illness. M.E. often becomes a chronic and disabling illness. Currently there is no accepted cure or universally effective treatment.
May 2013 is the International Awareness Month for this illness. To learn more visit www.meassociation.org.uk also known as the M.E. Society. They provide information, support and practical advice for people, families and carers affected by M.E.
Can acupuncture help? – Acupuncture can help with some of the common symptoms such as: chronic pain, insomnia; headaches and depression. Unfortunately, for M.E. as a whole there is a need for more research.
Try this acupressure point- Sea of Vitality is in the lower back either side of the spine at waist level. Gently pummel with your fist or rub across your lower back. Two points Bladder 23 and 52 lie at this level on either side of your spine. These points help with muscle weakness, fatigue, irritability, dizziness and confusion.