Fighting Fatigue

By Natura Magazine

Strategies for dealing with different manifestations of fatigue.

Caffeine has been the world’s most popular psychoactive drug among workers since it was first widely used during the dawn of the Industrial Age, keeping labourers awake and busy beyond the course of their natural body clocks. We face more threats to our health in the modern world today. Recent research in both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Western-style modern medicine is paving the way for a more detailed understanding of exhaustion and its different manifestations, as well as different measures against it.

In TCM, fatigue from stress-related factors is said to affect the liver, kidney and spleen. “We talk about these organs in terms of their functions, not in terms of their anatomy,” clarifies Physician Tan Yi-Roe of the Eu Yan Sang Wellness Clinic at Marina Bay Link Mall. “The liver is responsible for the circulation of qi. Stress affects the liver, which in turn stagnates the circulation of qi.” Qi can be explained as a vital energy or life force that is fundamental to our body’s processes and wellbeing. Disruption of its levels and circulation within us can lead to illnesses. The condition manifests into four specific effects, namely: qi deficiency, yang deficiency, yin deficiency, and blood deficiency.

This article is brought to you by Eu Yan Sang.

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