Chronic Fatigue, Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), Depression and Acupuncture in Anoka

Chronic Fatigue, Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), Depression and Acupuncture in Anoka

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Chronic Fatigue, Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) and Depression are all related. Each one involves a blockage of energy that creates imbalance in the body.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.), energy easily becomes “stuck” or stagnant in the body. When this happens, pain results. Physical pain and emotional pain manifest from stuck energy.

Acupuncture is an effective medical treatment that helps move that stuck energy. Once the energy starts to freely move again on its own throughout the body, the body starts to balance itself.  Acupuncture helps relieve Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) near Andover, MN.


What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?

“Chronic” = Lasting a Long time, at least 6 Months.

“Fatigue” = Extreme tiredness or Lethargy.

Chronic Fatigue is overwhelming. Exhaustion is severe and not relieved by rest. Often muscle pain is involved. There are no tests to diagnose Chronic Fatigue as a disease which is why it is considered a “Syndrome.”


What is a “Syndrome?”

The association of several clinical recognizable signs/symptoms which commonly occur together.

Symptoms of CFS

  • Exhaustion not relieved by rest
  • Individual used to have enough energy after rest
  • Body aches (muscle/ joints)
  • Mental “fog”
  • Insomnia


What Causes C.F.S.?

The cause of C.F.S. is unknown. Here are some possible causes, according to the CDC:

  • Infection
  • Lowered Immunity
  • Nutritional Deficiency
  • Stress affecting the adrenals

The CDC requires these criteria (signs/symptoms) to define C.F.S.


Acupuncture is an effective treatment for stress, muscle pain and joint pain in Anoka. When the immune system defense is lowered by stress or illness, acupuncture helps return the body to balance.


What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression which occurs every year at the same time, usually around late fall through winter. This is more common in the colder, northern climates with less sun exposure.


What is a “Disorder?”

A disorder is an abnormal physical or mental condition.


What Causes S.A.D.?

It is believed by many that insufficient light exposure causes S.A.D.




  • Practice Daily Yoga Stretches


  • Practice Daily Mindful Meditation


  • Practice Daily Deep Breathing


Medical Treatment

  • See Your Primary Care Physician to rule out other health issues


  • Make an Acupuncture Appointment


  • Get Your Thyroid (TSH) level checked for Low thyroid


  • Get Your Vitamin D Checked for Low Vitamin D level!

(Think “D” for “Depression.”)

  • Get Your B vitamins checked


  • Try Light therapy for S.A.D. with a ‘Happy’ Light (Mayo clinic advises light therapy be used under doctor supervision)


Link from Mayo Clinic on Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder. 



  • Both CFS and SAD are complex/ Diagnosis is Difficult


  • Both CFS and SAD are associated with Depression


  • CFS is considered a “Syndrome” or association of several clinical recognizable signs/symptoms which commonly occur together


  • SAD is considered a “Disorder” or an abnormal physical or mental condition


  • Be sure to see a Primary Care Physician to rule out other causes


  • Acupuncture helps depression, CFS, SAD and pain

Acupuncture helps by regulating neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine (happy hormones) and helps balance other hormones like melatonin (sleep hormone).


Aleesha Ackerman, LAc helps patients balance mood and increase energy using acupuncture treatment and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food therapy.  She helps many women during menopause and perimenopause by helping relieve hot flashes and other common symptoms so they may return to balance and relax.

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Mike Ackerman, LAc. treats many pain issues, including Back pain, Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Sports Injuries, Sciatica and Plantar Fasciitis near Coon Rapids, MN.


Acupuncture in Anoka treats mild to moderate Depression, CFS, SAD, Insomnia and Pain.

Are You ready to commit to your health and wellness?

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Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

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