FATIGUE- Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Yoga & Pranayama

Fatigue is the feeling of tiredness, lack of energy, and a feeling of sleepiness that interferes with daily activities. It is a common symptom in many diseases. It also occurs without underlying pathology.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FATIGUE
  • CAUSES OF FATIGUE
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF FATIGUE
  • DIAGNOSIS OF FATIGUE
  • TREATMENTS FOR FATIGUE
  • PROGNOSIS OF FATIGUE
  • COMPLICATIONS OF FATIGUE
  • FATIGUE  AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF FATIGUE
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF FATIGUE
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF FATIGUE
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FATIGUE
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF FATIGUE
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR FATIGUE
  • AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR FATIGUE
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR FATIGUE
  • AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR FATIGUE
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR FATIGUE
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR FATIGUE
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR FATIGUE
  • YOGA FOR FATIGUE

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FATIGUE

  • Tiredness
  • Loss of energy
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Body ache
  • Sleeping
  • dizziness
  • mental confusions
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • inability to concentrate

CAUSES OF FATIGUE

  • Strenuous physical activities
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Fever
  • Thyroid dysfunctions
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Infections
  • Side effects of certain medications
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Stress
  • Anaemia

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF FATIGUE

  • Fatigue is triggered by many factors. In the case of infections, the immune system sends white blood cells to fight off the infection, leads to fatigue.
  • Psychosocial factors like stress also contribute to fatigue.
  • Deficiency of nutrients along with other disease conditions like anaemia becomes a part of the pathogenesis of fatigue.

DIAGNOSIS OF FATIGUE

  • Proper history taking
  • Physical examinations
  • Laboratory tests
  • Musculoskeletal examinations
  • Neurological examinations
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • X – rays

TREATMENTS FOR FATIGUE

  • Medications – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, Analgesics (for inflammatory reasons of fatigue)
  • Treatment of underlying pathology

PROGNOSIS OF FATIGUE

  • Prognosis is based on the cause of the disease, duration  and condition of the patient

COMPLICATIONS OF FATIGUE    

  • Derangement in the daily activities 
  • Depression

FATIGUE AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,fatigue falls under ‘dhatukshaya’, ‘ojokshaya’.
  •  The causes and pathogenesis of diseases caused by vitiation of dosha, in general, are the exclusive cause and pathogenesis offatigue.

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF FATIGUE

  • Excess consumption of ununctuous, unwholesome food
  • Excessive physical exercise.
  • Suppression of natural urges.
  • Trauma
  • Injuries
  • Agantu factors(infections)
  • Fasting

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF FATIGUE

  • The feeling of tiredness (ksheena)

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF FATIGUE

  • Vata, pitta and kapha dosha move through all channels of circulation. Due to the subtle nature of vata it impels the remaining two doshas.
  • The aggravated vata having provoked these two doshas, exacerbated and fills up the empty channels and moves greatly inside them or by getting enveloped by the other doshas.
  • The aggravated doshas reside in the body and combine with dhatus leads to fatigue.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FATIGUE

  • Toda – aching body pain
  • Sada – weakness
  • Atinidra – sleepiness
  • Moha – confusions
  • Tantra – dizziness
  • Aruchi – loss of appetite

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF FATIGUE

  • Fatigue associated with traumatic injuries, chronic diseases is difficult to cure – krichra sadhya

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR FATIGUE

Ayurvedic local treatment for fatigue

  • Abhyanga – oil massaging
  • Shirodhara

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR FATIGUE

  • Treatment of dosha vitiation
  • Treatment for dhatu kshaya
  • Treatment for agni
  • Ashtachurna
  • Draksharishtam
  • Chyvanaprasam
  • Dhanwantharam ghritam
  • Aswagandha tablet
  • Brahmi ghritam

 AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR FATIGUE

  • Sneha vasthi, yapana vasthi  – Medicated enema

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR FATIGUE

Internal administration

  • Ashtachurna
  • Draksharishtam
  • Chyvanaprasam
  • Dhanwantharam ghritam
  • Aswagandha tablet
  • Brahmi ghritam

External application

  • Snehadhara – with balaswagandha tailam and ksheerabala tailam
  • Shashtika Sali panda sweda

HOME REMEDIES FOR FATIGUE

  • Proper rest
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Bathing in warm water
  • Body massaging

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR FATIGUE

  • Avoid food items which produce dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because dosha imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items, cow’s milk
  • Avoid heavy exercises which further aggravate the conditions.
  • Oil massage on the whole body advised.
  • Consume a balanced diet

YOGA FOR FATIGUE

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – calms the mind and gets relief from fatigue

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.

                             

  • Savasana – relaxes body and mind

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