Dr. Mindy Boxer – The Benefits of Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue


The Mayo Clinic describes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) as a “complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and that can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition.

The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.” It’s estimated that there are more than 200,000 cases of CFS in the U.S. and research has proven that acupuncture, combined with other treatments can help to alleviate the symptoms that come with CFS.

There are several factors that can impact the severity of the symptoms of CFS. Let’s take a look at just three symptoms of fatigue and how Acupuncture can be effective at dealing with these issues.

It’s not a stretch of the imagination to recognize there are links between stress and fatigue. When we allow stress to build up over an extended period of time, our bodies will react to these situations and changes. Chronic stress can lead to both physical and mental exhaustion. And exhaustion can lead to a host of other issues like poor decision making, anxiety, and depression, just to name a few of the cascading issues that can come from chronic fatigue.

Everyone needs restful sleep to function at their highest level. Exercise and proper nutrition can help to set us up for good quality sleep but if we aren’t getting quality sleep, our bodies can become depleted. There are also behavioral modifications we can make to get better sleep such as getting more exercise and having a more balanced diet.

A common sign of fatigue in women has to do with hormonal issues either from their menstrual cycle, pregnancy, or menopause. Hormone related fatigue can be addressed with herbal formulas as well as acupuncture.

How Acupuncture Can Help

The most basic way that Acupuncture begins to address the symptoms of fatigue is to look at the body’s balance of qi, or the life force of energy that flows throughout our bodies. If a person is deficient in qi, that is the primary cause of the fatigue.

Here’s what you can expect if you are looking to Acupuncture to help with your fatigue. The first thing I will do is perform a thorough consultation and exam to determine the specific symptoms of fatigue that you are dealing with. I can then determine a course of treatment that might include addressing specific acupuncture points along the body, the use of Chinese herbal formulas in customized forms to address imbalances in your system, or even moxibustion.

And I have plenty of research to share about just how effective Acupuncture is at dealing with fatigue. A 2018 study of patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome showed “significant improvement in both physical and mental fatigue among participants who received daily Acupuncture over the course of 10 days.”

Acupuncture has also been proven to increase Serotonin levels which helps to improve sleep as well as mood. It’s an effective drug-free treatment without the side effects often caused by prescription medications. Another study from 2015 found “chronic fatigue patients who were given Acupuncture as a supplement to conventional treatment showed greater improvement over patients who did not receive Acupuncture.”

Don’t let chronic fatigue keep you from facing your daily life. Give me a call today so I can help you put a treatment plan together to deal with the triggers causing your chronic fatigue. I treat the whole person ~ physical, mental, emotional & psycho-spiritual aspects ~ to give you a sense of balance and over-all wellbeing.

Let’s get started:  310. 450. 9711.

310. 450. 9711.


Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.

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