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Weakness and fatigue

Weakness is a lack of physical or muscle strength and the feeling that extra effort is needed to perform daily activities that require you to move your arms, legs, or other muscles.

Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness, exhaustion, or lack of energy.

Both weakness and fatigue are symptoms, not diseases. Because these symptoms can be caused by many other health problems, the importance of weakness and fatigue can only be determined when other symptoms are evaluated.

The complaints of weakness and fatigue are among the most common and challenging problems encountered by clinicians. Because patients may use these terms to describe a variety of symptoms, the physician should attempt to obtain a precise understanding of the problem.

Weakness and fatigue are nonspecific symptoms that may be encountered in a bewildering number of medical and psychiatric disorders; they also may be the expected physiologic consequence of normal human activities.

Many factors, complex and sometimes apparent, are basic contributors to the Weakness & fatigue state. Among them:

Hypovitaminosis: severe depletion of nutrients in the body. Low levels of essential vitamins and minerals create a vulnerability.

The environment: Noise is a powerful factor. The incessant bombardment of cacophony in the home, the workplace, and outdoors contributes heavily to weariness and fatigue.

Modern music, the blaring of radio and television that seems to be so overwhelming a part of everyone's life, can be a serious source of bodily stress.

Stress: Physical and psychological tensions eventually reduce the body's ability to ward off fatigue. The vulnerability created induces anxiety, fearfulness, and apprehension.

Routine work: Housework, factory work, operating computers, and practically all other endeavors that deal with a constant flow of sameness provide the possibilities of fatigue syndrome. Rest periods and scheduled diversions are necessary.

The night person: Anyone out of synchronization with the work-a-day world is especially vulnerable to unusual fatigue. That individual, whose circadian rhythms do not match those of most people, experiences a stressful juxtaposition of day and night. The syndrome accounts for the inability of these individuals to "come to life" until evening approaches.

Sexual hostility: This can be a common instigator of fatigue. Men or women who resent or resist conjugal relations with a particular partner and who are incapable of acknowledging or resolving those emotional conflicts are often swept by fatigue. The proverbial "headache" may be more than a hackneyed excuse. Ambivalence can lead to fatigue.

Menstruation: The menses and its drain upon the female psyche and physique can be genuinely wearying. This is especially true in women whose nutritional defenses are low and who lack proper levels of B vitamins.

Nutrition: A factor in physical and mental disease, nutrition is a feature player in creating vulnerability in both sexes of all ages to the ravages of fatigue. Strong fortification against such weariness would be a truly well-balanced diet that ensures copious quantities of all essential vitamins and minerals.

Coffee and caffeine: Coffee and other caffeine drinks are major villains in the fatigue syndrome. Caffeine stimulates practically every organ in the body to respond. The "high" created is temporary and requires more of the drug to deal with frequent ups-and-downs.

In summary, weakness & fatigue is not a single entity but can be a "grand concealer," deceptively disguising various forces that go astray in the human body. It should be taken more seriously than the use of an alcoholic drink to "relax."

Herbs which is useful :

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):

Ashwagandha is an herb that improves the body’s ability to maintain physical effort and helps the body adapt to various types of stress. Investigation both clinical and experimental have observed that Ashwagandha acts as an anti-stress and adaptogenic herb. Its root finds its use in treating general debility.  Ashwagandha is also beneficial in the treatment of chest diseases such as cold and cough which can cause a general weakness in human body.

Ashwagandha is a tonic-strengthening herb that is high in iron content and increases hemoglobin. Ashwagandha berries are a blood purifier that improves circulation and absorption of nutrients by cells.

Keshar (Saffron):  

Medicinally it is used in small doses in weakness & fatigue, fever, melanchlia, enlargement of the liver, in spasmodic cough and asthma, and in catarrhal aeffections of children.It is given in anaemia, chlorosis and seminal debility; as a stimulant and aphrodisiac

Satavari (Asparague racemosus):

The roots of asparagus racemosus has been used for ages in Ayurvedic medicine and other traditional medicines in the treatment of general debility, Weakness, male infertility (due to low sperm count), loss of libido, epilepsy (fits), mental debility, fatigue and in many male diseases.
In case of female oriented ailments such as menopausal syndrome, anemia (which cause weakness), lower quantity of breast milk secretion, and for both mental and physical ailments, the roots of Asparagus racemosus has been proved its medicinal efficacy.

Safed musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum):

It has been a magical discovery in the medical world that is extensively used in Ayurvedic medical world. In some medicines, it also acts as a good healing agent and acts as an excellent anti-ageing constituent in many medicines. It is infact a good boost up for a person's health while maintaining good hemoglobin level. It prevents fatigue in human beings and augments their resistance to pressure if taken in proper dosage. Safed Musli forms an important part of diabetic patient and helps in maintaining sugar level in the blood.

Amla (Emblica officinalis):

Amalaki or Emblica officianlis helps in improving body weight. It helps in raising the total protein level due to positive nitrogen balance. Thus it is recognized to give an anabolic effect in the body. Amalaki or Emblica officianlis is considered as one of the highly nutritious fruit. Apart from Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, Amalaki also provides many other essential minerals to the body. These minerals help in maintaining proper functioning of the metabolic activities of the body.

It increases the RBC count and helps to encourage good health. The dried Amalaki fruit is useful in the treatment of Hemorrhage, diarrhea, and dysentery.  Amalaki or Emblica officianlis is also known to have anti aging properties


Nutritional measures are most vital in the treatment of fatigue. Studies reveal that people who eat snacks in between meals suffer less from fatigue and nervousness, think more clearly, and are more efficient than those who eat only three meal daily .These snacks should consists of fresh or dried fruits, fresh fruit or vegetable Juices, raw vegetables, or small sandwiches of whole gram bread. These snacks should be light and less food should be consumed at regular meals .The snacks should also be taken at specified timing such as 11 am, 4 p.m.

Life style: 

Chronic fatigue caused by poor circulation can be remedied by daily physical exercise. It will help relieve tension, bring a degree of freshness, renew energy, and induce sleep. Massage cold applications increasing in degree gradually or alternate hot and cold baths, stimulate the muscles to renewed activity, thereby relieving fatigue.

Curative Yoga:


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