While trying to find a CFS specialist in Taiwan I discovered that they actually refer to CFS here as 'Neurasthenia' in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) ( Trad Mandarin: 神經衰弱; pinyin: shénjīng shuāiruò) which is interesting and translates into 'Nervous Breakdown'.
In China and Taiwan, Traditional Chinese medicine describes Neurasthenia as a depletion of qi "vital energy" and reduction of functioning in the wuzang "five internal organs" (heart, liver, spleen, lungs, kidneys). Seeing as Traditional Chinese Medicine is everywhere around me and extremely common in Taiwan (practically on every other street corner) I might give it a go and report my findings to you all.
Did you know that ME/CFS or Neurasthenia in TCM is also known as the following:
Neurasthenia is a term that was first used at least as early as 1829. As a psycho-pathological term, neurasthenia was used by Beard in 1869 to denote a condition with symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, headache, neuralgia and depressed mood.
- Primary Neurasthenia,
- Cardiac Neurosis,
- Chronic Asthenia,
- Da Costa’s Syndrome,
- Effort Syndrome,
- Functional Cardiovascular Disease,
- Soldier’s Heart,
- Subacute Asthenia.
Most of the world, including USA, UK, Canada have abandoned the term Neurasthenia as a medical diagnosis and has for the most part been replaced with ME/CFS. The ICD-10 system of the World Health Organization categorizes neurasthenia under "F48 - Other neurotic disorders"
Americans were said to be particularly prone to CFS (neurasthenia), which resulted in the nickname "Americanitis" (popularized by William James). Today, the condition is still commonly diagnosed in Asia.
Below are a couple of excerpts from articles I read today which seems to describe my situation exactly.
1. "Neurasthenia is still diagnosed in Oriental countries such as Hong Kong and Taiwan. But chronic fatigue syndrome CFS used to be termed ‘yuppie flu’ because it was first identified as a problem experienced by those who were striving to climb the ladder of success and it often occured after the person had a viral infection, such as flu. It was also known as ME, but chronic fatigue syndrome is now regarded as a better name on account of the symptoms."
2. "Typically, it was associated with upper class people and with professionals working in sedentary occupations (Sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity)."
CFS/Neurasthenia in Taiwan (ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
Blog entry posted by mindglow, Jun 20, 2012.
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