Insomnia

Acupuncture and Insomnia

From time to time, most people have nights when they cannot sleep, tossing and turning, wondering how they are going to get through the next day.  For some people, however, this is a nightly occurrence, either not being able to get to sleep, or falling asleep only to wake in the early morning and not be able to go back to sleep.

The Western medical treatment of insomnia mostly focuses on the use of various tranquilizing drugs, which can have unwanted side effects.  Although they produce sleep they can leave the user drowsy, lethargic, and confused the next day.  They can be also addictive and there is a danger of overdose.  If one tries to withdraw from their habitual  use, insomnia tends to return with a vengeance.

Happily, there is a safe, centuries old alternative to the use of tranquilizers for insomnia.  That alternative is acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine is the oldest, continually practiced, literate, professional medicine in the world.  Practitioners of Chinese medicine use such therapies as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Chinese dietary therapy.  In addition, Chinese practitioners have developed a host of low or no cost home therapies which can help treat insomnia 

no matter whether your problem is falling asleep or staying asleep or whether you are young, middle-aged, or older.

How does Chinese Medicine Work?

Chinese medicine seeks to restore balance to the body.  Therefore, the practitioner begins by doing a Chinese medical diagnosis to determine the patient’s pattern of disharmony.  Based on this information, the practitioner will craft a personalized treatment plan encompassing all aspects of the patient’s life.  No matter whether your practitioner primarily uses acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine or some combination of both, their focus will be on eliminating the root imbalance which is causing your insomnia.  Unlike sedatives and tranquilizers, Chinese medical treatment promotes sound sleep without drowsiness, addiction, or withdrawal.

How do I know Chinese Medicine works?

Considerable research has been done in China on the effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on various types of insomnia, both modalities giving positive results for this condition.

An acupuncturist can diagnose your particular pattern of insomnia and identify its causes.  Based on that, they can also help you treat your insomnia with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, or a combination of both.

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