Fatigue can be described as the lack of energy and motivation (both physical and mental). This is different than drowsiness, which can be solved by a good night of sleep. There are numerous causes of fatigue such as anemia, thyroid disease, and many others. But some causes are much more difficult to pin point such as chronic fatigue syndrome. Some people have very demanding lifestyles, or sports careers, and are constantly battling the need to perform with relaxing. In Chinese medicine we treat any fatigue by tonifying the yuan or source qi, and awakening the shen (or spirit). Chinese herbs can be very helpful in managing this situation. when looking for a more modern day formula to tonify the source qi, and awaken the shen look for one containing at least one of the following herbs:
Haung Qi – Tonifies the yuan or (source) qi and has an excitatory effect on the central nervous system. It is an excellent herb to promote well-being and health.
Huang Qi – Also tonifies qi and ascends yang, making it especially helpful for patients who have shortness of breath, fatigue, and malaise.
Dang Gui – Tonifies and moves the blood to replenish energy also nourishes and lubricates the intestines to help clean out toxins.
Bai Zhu – Tonifies the spleen and aids digestion to boost the ability for transformation and absorption of nutrients boosting the bodies energy and reserves.