Fatigue, lower energy and tiredness

Fatigue, lower energy and tiredness

Everyone experiences lack of energy (tiredness) at some stage, but most people can recover quickly from it. If you are unable to recover from lack of energy for a period of time, this indicates that it is not a simple tiredness. If you have this experience you may need to read the following.

  1. What is fatigue and tiredness?

Fatigue is a name given to any condition which results in tiredness, sometimes the precise cause is often unknown. Common symptoms seen can be muscular pain and aches, generalised fatigue to complete exhaustion, poor memory, lack of concentration, depression, reduced ability to work, poor appetite, sluggish bowel movement.

If the fatigue cannot be controlled and becomes more chronic, and simple daily tasks become more difficult; it is very important to diagnoses and fix it in its early stage.

  1. Causes of fatigue and tiredness

Chinese medicine believes the important thing is to find the cause of the fatigue and tiredness which can solve the problem completely.

i. Liver weak

Long term stress and/or sudden traumatic events, such as a death, divorce, difficult work environments, busy lifestyle etc, can cause Liver energy weak. Stress strongly affects the flow of Liver energy in the body. The Liver ensures the smooth flow of energy to all parts of the body and organs. For this type of fatigue, you may have the following symptoms; emotional, depression, stress, lack of quality of sleep, vivid dreams, sighs, stiff neck, headache, PMS, breast fullness before period, premature ejaculation. If the symptoms getting worse, it may leads to anxiety and depression, panic attack, insomnia, low iron and underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).

If you suffer from this type of fatigue, you should pay attention to the following; rebalance your lifestyle, reduce your workload, avoid emotional issues, do some exercise such as walking, swimming yoga, tai chi, listen to soft gentle music, avoid eating chilli’s, eat more celery, lemon, carrots, green tea, coriander (for more foods you should eat, please see our diet therapy articles).

ii.Spleen and Kidney deficiency

Chinese medicine believes our body Qi and energy is mainly produced by our spleen and kidney. If for certain reasons there is deficiency in the spleen or kidney, it can cause lack of energy or fatigue. This type of fatigue may have the following combined symptoms; poor appetite, stomach bloating, short of breath, sluggish bowel movement or diarrhea, puffy and heavy arms and legs, overweight, lower-back weakness and pain, lower libido, impotence and irregular period or polycystic ovary (PCOS).

In our clinic we always find these peoples pulse is deeper and weaker, their tongue is pale and puffy. During our clinic treatment, I always suggest that you pay attention to the following;

  1. Avoid eating or drinking frozen or cold foods
    b. Eat small amounts more regularly
    c. Reduce workload and exercise, while you have fatigue syndrome
    d. Reduce sexual activity, overdoing it can damage your kidney Qi
    e. Eat more foods which can strengthen your spleen and kidney; Chinese red dates, lotus seeds, goji berries, beef, boiled egg, lamb (for more information about diet therapy, please see our articles).

iii. Sluggish circulation

Some fatigue and tiredness is caused by circulation slow down. It is like a traffic jam, everything is unable to arrive its destination on time and this will cause lots of trouble in our human body. Sluggish circulation may involve some symptoms like body ache/pain and cold hand and feet, due to some part of body not getting enough circulation. If this persists, it may lead to more severe issues like arthritis, high blood pressure or stroke.

I hope you have good energy every day. 


Dr Ping Wang is the clinic founder and senior practitioner of Ping Ming Health. She has over 30 years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine teaching and practice. Dr Ping especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of Chinese medicine through our popular clinic articles, seminars and clinical training of students and practitioners.