Energy Renewed

Fatigue is one of the most common reasons for patients in North America to seek medical help.  This is because fatigue is a symptom, rather than a specific disease or disorder. It is characterized by persistent tiredness

Most people who experience fatigue feel tired all the time, with no relief. This constant state of tiredness affects them in many ways, including physically, emotionally, and mentally. Fatigue is often attributed to a physiological process that is not operating optimally, which is sometimes called adaptive physiology. Once the dysfunction is addressed, the fatigue is relieved, and the energy renewed.

Causes of Low Energy

In general, fatigue, or the lack of natural energy, is caused by an underlying condition or disease. A combination of conditions or diseases can also cause fatigue.

The most common causes of fatigue are:

  • Hyper- or hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes type I and II
  • Adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency
  • Malabsorption/malnutrition
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Anemia
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Mononucleosis
  • B12 deficiency
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme disease

Stimulating the Self-Healing Process

The good news is that once the cause is determined, naturopathic treatments have a high success rate of eliminating fatigue and restoring the body’s sense of wellness. The most critical determinants in reversing fatigue for a patient is removing the obstacles to a cure, stimulating the self-healing process, and stimulating functional systems such as the immune system.

How to Figure Out the Cause of Your Fatigue

  • We will take a thorough history and physical examination
  • Laboratory studies may include:
    • Complete Blood Count (CBC) to rule out anemia and infections,
    • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) to check for inflammatory conditions and possibly autoimmune diseases,
    • BUN and creatinine to rule out Chronic Renal Insufficiency, glucose to rule out Diabetes, liver enzymes (ALT and AST) to rule out Chronic Liver Disease
    • TSH to rule out hypo or hyperthyroidism
    • ANA to screen for rheumatic illnesses
    • Variety of serologies (blood tests) to rule out Lyme Disease
    • Epstein Barr Virus

Natural Treatments for Better Energy

Naturopathic treatments effectively deal with the cause of your fatigue. These therapies work with the body to restore health and wholeness naturally. Naturopathic doctors may use one therapy or treatment, or a combination of therapies.

Some of the naturopathic treatments and therapies used with success include the following:

  • Strengthening the Immune System
  • Detoxifying the Body
  • Addressing Allergies
  • Healing Psychological and Emotional Factors
  • Strengthening the Immune System
  • Re-establish healthy sleep patterns
  • Restore adrenal gland function
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Eliminating viruses, bacteria, candida and parasites
  • Nutrient Depletion

Getting Help to Heal

There are many natural treatments to lessen the severity of the symptoms and to reverse the underlying causes. Naturopathic medicine can help people get their health back. Each individual may have chronic Fatigue for various reasons and would therefore require different treatment protocols. The importance is in knowing that each person will respond in their own unique way to treatments.