From Chronic Fatigue to Health and Vitality: A Case Study -- By Sharon Burch, APRN


Charlotte* was a 39-year-old woman who came to Atma Clinic seeking help with chronic fatigue and digestive problems varying between mild to severe. The Atma Approach is always to fix the underlying issue. In this case, that meant assessing Charlotte’s symptoms, doing lab tests, and discovering that Charlotte had food sensitivities, reactionary bowel inflammation, and general physical inflammation overall.


Dr. Sandal instructed Charlotte to add more routine to her life, especially in the areas of her daily caloric intake, movement, and sleep. Then he recommended that she do daily sesame oil abhyanga, which is an Ayurvedic approach to health that involves massage of the body with warm herb-infused oil. He also suggested that Charlotte consult with Sharon Burch, APRN, Atma Clinic’s holistic mental health specialist, because he thought Charlotte’s relationship stressors might be contributing to her physical inflammation.

In her first visit with Sharon, Charlotte said she wanted to find groundedness amidst a conflict she was having with her husband. Sharon found Charlotte to be a strong and resourceful woman who was not afraid of her feelings, even when they were potent. After listening to Charlotte’s descriptions of her situation, Sharon recommended to Charlotte these practices that others might also find helpful:


1. Make a private sacred space or altar in your home where you can focus on grounding and nurturing yourself, your relationship with your husband, and your spirit allies.