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Lethargy is when people feel a lack of energy or drive. It can affect mood and make people feel down and flat.
Lethargy can be caused by poor appetite, a lack of sleep or prolonged emotional upset or illness.
In traditional Chinese medicine, a lack of energy is related to a person's spleen function. When the spleen is working well, people have more energy. Therefore, foods which the spleen struggles to process can reduce energy levels, these include gluten and diary.
Excessive stress or worry can weaken the digestive system reducing the amount of energy made by the body causing lethargy.
Acupuncture for lethargy
Energy is generated from sleep and food. Exercise doesn't increase more energy, it just regulates it so it appears to increase energy levels.
To treat lethargy, it's best to optimise all aspects of life, including:
- Improve sleep
- Improve diet by cutting out bread, pasta, dairy, which weaken the digestive system
- Work through emotions to free yourself from them
Taking food supplements such as ginseng can help to increase energy levels. Stronger forms of therapy such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be used when changing lifestyle and diet doesn't work.