Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What would you recommend to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, especially for exhaustion and anxiety?
A: chronic fatigue syndrome is a relatively new disease, and it is present predominantly in the industrialized western world. I believe it is a function of the body’s autonomic nervous systems as they get overwhelmed by various stresses.
These are my recommendations:
1. Regulate your diet; eat smaller amounts and more often. Avoid heavy, fatty, and difficult-to digest foods. Drink more water.
3. Take up tai chi or qigong exercises. These exercises are gentler on the body and can help build up energy.
4. Visit your acupuncturist; they can help with herbal preparations and regular treatments to get you body back in balance.