Acupuncturists refer to vital energy as “Qi.” This energy flows through your body and gives it that feeling of aliveness. The flow of energy has natural rhythms and currents. When these rhythms are disrupted, you will notice a lack of energy.
Common causes of lethargy include:
- Lack of sleep
- Emotional causes such as anger, depression and anxiety
- Insufficient cell oxygenation
- Poor digestion
- Low or high blood sugar
You can best resolve a lack of sleep with more sleeping! However, poor sleeping patterns may result from other causes, such as anxiety. Acupuncture naturally eliminates stressors that block energy channels and prevent a smooth flow of energy. Just a few treatments may be enough to restore your body’s natural energy flow and give you healthy sleep! Lack of sleep also result in overproduction of stress hormones, such as cortisol, this causes more insomnia. Acupuncture’s natural balancing effects help to restore normal hormone levels and regular sleeping patterns. During a treatment, I discuss with you your sleeping patterns and daytime behaviors to determine your exact insomnia. I then apply acupuncture to treat the root of your sleeplessness, resulting in not just better sleep, but improved overall health.
When emotional issues such as anger, depression and anxiety inhibit normal sleeping patterns, acupuncture can help. Most patients who receive treatment for emotional disorders feel better within minutes of treatment. Acupuncture restores the natural energy patterns of the body and removes disruptions. Sometimes an emotional issue that has repressed a person’s energy and feelings of well being for years can clear up within just a few acupuncture sessions.
If you lack energy because of inadequate oxygenation to your cells, you probably also experience fatigue and difficulty concentrating. You might even feel depressed! Acupuncture can help to restore healthy energy patterns to your lungs and cardiovascular systems, revitalizing your body’s oxygenation and waste elimination systems. I also collaborate with you to determine lifestyle changes to best help you rejuvenate your body’s vital systems.
Poor digestion can contribute to a loss of energy in several ways. For example, poor calcium and magnesium absorption can prevent perfect transmission of electrical impulses, resulting in sluggishness. Low levels of these minerals also prevent your body from using other nutrients properly. Acupuncture helps restore good digestion, enabling your body to absorb essential minerals and thus use other nutrients well. Increased nutrient availability will raise your energy levels, improve your general health and rejuvenate your cells.
Low or high blood sugar can contribute to energy spikes followed by rapid drops in energy. When blood sugar levels fall, headache, depression and lack of ability to focus may occur. The adrenal glands and pancreas regulate blood sugar levels. When they function properly, these glands keep your blood sugar levels constant, giving you a steady supply of energy throughout the day. When they become unbalanced, energy can wane. Besides rebalancing glands that produce glucose-regulating hormones, acupuncture helps reduce stress. As stress is a primary cause of emotional eating, which can lead to eating foods high in fat and sugar, stopping emotional eating will help your blood sugar levels return to normal. I also study your health history to help you adjust your lifestyle habits to enhance hormones that regulate your blood sugar levels. Your cravings for sugar and carbohydrates will decrease, and you will feel increased energy and vitality.