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Q: I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and am wondering if acupuncture can help me with my symptoms?

A: Yes. Acupuncture is beneficial for CFS.

CFS surfaced in the United States in the late 1980s and is a baffling human ailment. People may experience a variety of symptoms such fatigue, weakness, aches, pains, pharyngitis, and swollen lymph nodes. Because these same symptoms are also indicative of other illnesses, the diagnosis of CFS is usually reached by eliminating all the other possibilities.

Many treatments, based on empirical, symptomatic therapy, have side effects which may outweigh the potential benefits. A thorough evaluation by your physician is necessary to determine an accurate diagnosis. Acupuncture can bring CFS people back to their normal activity level. By boosting the immune system and supporting other vital organs, acupuncture revitalizes the body, providing a sense of well-being and better overall health.

About the Author:

Jane McKee, MAcOM, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist in Tigard, Oregon. 

To learn more about Jane McKee or the Meridian Acupuncture Clinic, please visit