Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine | Fatigue


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is a proven and effective treatment for fatigue and adrenal fatigue. Balanced Life Health Care in Ferntree Gully uses Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to treat the following symptoms:

  • Feeling unrested despite amount of sleep
  • Need for coffee to get going in morning
  • Too wired at night to go to sleep
  • Second wind at night
  • Feeling completely worn out
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Difficulty getting up
  • Mid-afternoon fatigue
  • After eating fatigue
  • Post viral or illness fatigue

Chinese medicine has a unique view of energy. Unlike western medicine we believe that there are three mains forms of energy within the body:

Zong Qi


Oxygen in the air we breath in through the lungs which we term “Zong Qi” or “Gathering Qi” . The functions of Zong Qi are:

  • Nourishes the Heart and Lungs and forms the basis for the involuntary functions of heartbeat and respiration.
  • Zong Qi assists the Lungs in controlling Qi and respiration and the heart’s function of governing the Blood and Blood Vessels. If Zong Qi is weak, the extremities, especially the hands, will be weak or cold.
  • Gathers in the throat and influences speech (which is under control of the Heart) and the strength of voice (under control of Lungs). Strength of Zong Qi can be determined from the health of Heart, Lungs, and from circulation and voice. Weak Zong Qi: Weak voice, weak circulation to hands.
  • Easily affected by emotional problems. For example, grief weakens the Lungs and disperses energy in chest.
  • Zong Qi and Yuan Qi mutually assist each other. Zong Qi flows downward to aid the Kidneys. Yuan Qi flows upward to aid in respiration (and the formation of Zong Qi).


Gu Qi


The food we eat forms another type of energy we term “Gu Qi” or “Food Qi”. Interesting thing about Gu Qi is that it is not only dependant on the types of foods we eat but also the functioning of your digestive system to turn that food into usable energy for the body.

  • Gu Qi is the first stage in the transformation of food. Food is first “Rotted and Ripened” by the stomach and then sent to the Spleen to make Gu Qi, still in unusable form.
  • Gu Qi is sent from the Middle Burner (housing the Spleen and Stomach) to the Upper Burner (housing the Lungs and Heart), where it combines with air to form Zong Qi.
  • Part of the Gu Qi from the Middle Burner is also sent to the Lungs, then passes to the Heart, where (with the help of Yuan Qi and Kidney Qi), it is transformed into Blood.


Jing Qi


Jing Qi is our inherited energy, much like a inherited trust fund. Sometimes called prenatal essence, Jing Qi can be drawn upon when our other sources of energy are failing to provide adequate energy or income. However, much like an inheritance or trust fund, it is a finite resource and therefore we cannot keep burning the candle at both ends without depleting our energy.

Jing supports our growth in our mother’s womb until we are born, and then continues to support the growth of our bones of our frame until we are more or less fully grown. The Jing essence then turns into our own reproductive energy. Like a family trust fund passed down the generations, intended to be preserved and increased, the Jing should be employed only for reproductive purpose or for emergencies, while the day to day income should come from the air we breathe and the food we eat.

Low energy or energy blockages


Imagine your body is a city, and within the city there are big roads, highways, small roads, and lane ways. If everything is fine then traffic like energy, flows nicely. However, if a car breaks down, the traffic will jam up, and if the broken down car is not fixed, then the traffic jam becomes worse and worse. Sometimes it isn’t that you are not producing or have enough energy but rather like the traffic jam, your energy is stuck in stand-still traffic. An important question to ask yourself is:

“what makes my energy better?” 



Are you better after exercise?

Are you better after rest?

Are you better after a meal? Or are you worse after eating a meal?

Are you better when you are eating healthy?



At Balanced Life Health Care your practitioner will guide you through a serious of questions to find out exactly why you feel tired all the time, and make an individual plan in order to restore your energy and feeling of wellbeing.