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Natural Remedy for Fatigue | Chinese Home Remedy for Fatigue
What is Fatigue ? What causes Fatigue ?
Fatigue is the feeling of exhaustion and low energy. Everyone has experienced it occasionally, and sometimes it is a normal part of life. However, there are people who are inclined to feel fatigue. Regardless of what they do, they feel tired, sleepy and weak all the time.
Feeling Fatigue - When should I see a doctor?
If your fatigue lasts for a long time, or comes with other symptoms, then you should consult a doctor. Fatigue maybe related to many serious illnesses such as thyroid problems, hepatitis, diabetes, anemia, infection, cancers, depression and so on.
Check List for Fatigue :
1) Did you sleep enough hours?
2) Do you sleep at regular hours ? Sleep at the same time, wake up at the same time ?
3) Do you have other sickness that can contribute to fatigue?
4) Do you have anaemia?
5) Are you feeling depressed?
6) Did you drink enough water?
7) Did you drink too much coffee or tea?
8) Do you have low body metabolism?
9) Did you dream during sleep?
10) Did you eat well? Do you think you have adequate nutrition?
Causes of Fatigue and What you can do in your daily life
1. Adequate sleep
Lack of sleep is the common cause of fatigue. It is important to maintain a regular sleep schedule for our body biological clock to function properly. Neither sleeping too little too much is good.
Small children often need plenty of sleep. Toddlers need 14 to 16 hours of sleep a day. As the children grow, the hours of sleep they need slowly declines. Most children who goes to school requires at least 10 to 12 hours of sleep to function at their best during the day.
Most adults need six to eight hours of sleep, which may differ from one person to another.
2. Adequate Nutrition
Adequate nutrition is vital to maintain energy level of the body. A balance diet consisting of all food groups makes a difference. Don’t skip breakfast. Taking breakfast in the morning helps to kick start the day with the energy you need.
3. Don’t overwork
Plan your daily work and activities wisely, so that you can avoid overwork. Sit down and think of how you can distribute your work, what you can in your career, such that you can avoid overwork.
4. Keep hydrated
Dehydration can lead to fatigue. Drink adequate amount of water daily. Control your coffee and tea intake; they are diuretic, causing you to lose more water.
Exercise increases your body metabolism, a good combat for fatigue. Some simple exercises you can do:
· Take a fast walk 20 to 30 minutes a day
· Take the staircase instead of lift
· Park your car far away from your office or shop, so that you have to walk
· Walk around the shopping mall, your office blocks or your residential area immediately after meals.
· Keep telling yourself that 15 minutes of exercise a day is better than none.
6. Take a hot shower
Taking a hot shower and let the warm water showers on your head for three minutes. (Caution : Elderly people or people with heart problem must not do this.)
7. Go for massage or vacation
After a stressful event or work, reward yourself with something gratifying or relaxing such as a massage or vacation. A few days of break-away vacation is undoubtedly rejuvenating.
Exercise You Can Do in Office
If you feel tired in the office, you can do the following exercises:
Exercise 1 :
Stand about 5 inches from the wall, with your back against the wall. Slowly lean your back towards the wall and away from the wall. Repeat 10 times.
Exercise 2 :
Raise your shoulder as high as possible and drop them. Repeat 10 times.
Exercise 3 :
Rotate a golf ball on your palms repeatedly for 3 minutes to stimulate the centre of the palm.
Exercise 4 :
Place two golf balls on the floor and roll them with your bare feet for 3 minutes.
Chinese Tiger Balm
Rub some Chinese Tiger Balm on both temples. The smell will reinvigorate you. Discontinue if you have allergic reaction.
Chinese Herbs to Overcome Fatigue
If you intend to use Chinese herb below to overcome fatigue, please get the consumption instruction from the Chinese Medicine Doctor or professional herbalist, and consume as per instruction.
Xiao Yao Wan – good if you are feeling tired, easily irritated, depressed, and suffer from insomnia.
Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan – consume this patented herb if you have weak knees, feeling cold, and has low sexual desire.
Shi Quan Da Bu Wan – this patented herb is helpful if you are recovering from surgery or serious disease, feeling dizzy, shortness of breath, with pale complexion.
Xiang Sha Yang Wei wan – take this patented herb if you have poor appetite, loose stool, and feel drowsy.
Source : Chinese Home Remedies by Lihua Wang, L.Ac.
Food to OverCome Fatigue
What Food Should I Eat to Overcome Fatigue ?
Some of the methods below are commonly practised by Chinese community at home. These traditional Chinese home remedies to overcome fatigue can be very effective.
Cut one peeled banana into pieces and boil it with 1 cup of water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Eat 1 cooked banana a day until you feel better.
You will need : 250ml rice wine, ½ oz of white ginseng, ½ oz of lycium fruit.
Preparation : Cut the ginseng into pieces. Soak them together with lyceum fruit in rice wine for seven days, and shake the mixture a few times a day. After 7 days, drink 15 ml of this herbal wine in the morning and at night.
Using low heat, boil 150ml of milk with 1 slice of ginger. Drink during breakfast.
Herbal Chicken Soup
You will need :
1 whole chicken cut into pieces
¼ oz of astragalus root
½ oz of Chinese yam
¼ oz of codonopsis
¼ oz of dang gui
some cut green onions
a few slices of ginger
soya sauce for seasoning
Throw all the ingredients into a pot and add adequate water to fully cover the chicken.
Simmer for 1 hour. Add water if necessary.
Keep the soup in the refrigerator.
Consume the chicken and soup once a day for three days.
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