Fatigue can be overcome with rest and strategies for self-renewal and self-repair. Most ancient cultures discovered natural ways to stimulate and restore the body.
Ginseng roots were discovered many eons ago in the forests of China and brought to the attention of the emperor. The herb had such a powerful action in illness, sexual activity, and the restoration of energy that its use was kept a secret and reserved for the emperor and his court.
Directions: This once-rare root is now available as a powder, extract, capsule, or tea in health food stores or by mail.
In the last century, Bavarian herbalist Sebastian Kneipp rediscovered and organized concepts of water therapy. Kneipp achieved great international fame by teaching the rest of the world how hot, warm, and especially cold water could revitalize the body and overcome fatigue.
Directions: To banish tiredness, focus alternating hot and cold streams of water over your entire body. Always end with cold water. Another answer to momentary fatigue is an immersion in a long, warm bath. While in the bath, try the old German salt rub to restore energy.
Directions: You can purchase inexpensive boxes of coarse salt in your supermarket. In the bath or shower, take a handful at a time and rub the shoulders, arms, torso, thighs, legs, and feet. Salt rubs are invigorating and reviving.
If you are tired, start brushing the skin. The ancient Chinese believed it cleansed the lymph system.
Directions: Do this daily for about three months and taper off to once or twice a week. Traditional Chinese use the dried fibres of a gourd, which we call a loofah, or a softer brush of natural vegetable bristles to sweep the skin. Slightly softer crocheted mitts are available in stores. Skin brushing is done on the naked dry body the first thing in the morning. Gently brush the loofah, crocheted mitt, or rough washcloth in long, steady strokes. Brush the arms from the hands to the shoulders, down the neck and across the shoulders, up the legs from the feet to the hips and buttocks.
Even while Europe was in the Dark Ages, Indian yogis were teaching how the breath can renew health and energy. Following is a simplified version of the energy-restoring alternate nostril breathing procedure. It calms and rebalances the body as it helps to overcome nervous distress and fatigue. As soon as you start this deep breathing exercise, it alerts your body that fatigue is out, energy is in.
Directions: Sit quietly for a few moments. Clear your mind of thoughts. Center yourself by focusing your eyes on the end of your nose, then inhale deeply several times. Inhale again as deeply as possible, imagining your body is a bottle and your breaths will fill the bottle from bottom to top. Place your right index finger against your right nostril, holding it securely closed. Close your mouth and exhale slowly through your left nostril as completely as possible. Breathe in deeply through the left nostril. Hold both nostrils closed and pause for a moment. Place the left index finger on the left nostril. Exhale deeply through the right nostril. Breathe in deeply through the right nostril. Repeat several times. Mentally imagine that you are exhaling dark blue or dark gray vapors and inhaling pure white vapors.
A long time ago, the Chinese invented jujitsu and judo along with acupressure points to revive the body.
Directions: For exhaustion, press repeatedly on the Tchong-Tchou pressure point. On the topside of the hands, touch the skin where the thumb and index finger meet in a web. Move your finger at this point across the top of the hand to the point between the little finger and the fourth finger, then press. Tsienn-Iu is another Chinese pressure point used to overcome extreme physical fatigue. It is located at the edge of the shoulders. Press as needed.
Directions: For weariness, press each toe several times, then press deeply and knead the bottom of the foot, especially the middle area. For general fatigue, press the calf of your leg and the area directly under the kneecap.