Given what we’ve all been living through the past two years, it’s no wonder it can be difficult to muster up energy for anything, let alone the daily grind. Even before the pandemic, people were always on the look out for pick-me-ups and natural remedies to give them an energy boost.
Caffeine has been the world’s most popular psychoactive drug since it was first widely used during the dawn of the Industrial Age. But it’s not the healthiest way to keep going. 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 how to deal with 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.