Primary chronic insomnia is poorly understood by the mainstream medical community. However, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that it stems from a fundamental imbalance of yin and yang energy as sleep is part of the natural body rhythm of yin and yang qi. Further explanations include deficiencies or excesses in the body such as a yin deficiency in the kidneys, an excess of certain emotions like anger, and qi deficiencies in the heart, gallbladder, or spleen.
Choosing the right provider to help you with insomnia is key when it comes to experiencing the benefits of acupuncture. You should choose a clinic that has a stellar reputation and professional, experienced, and educated practitioners. Dr. Yueshan Hu, the main acupuncture practitioner at our clinics, has more than 20 years of experience and has eight years of alternative medicine education. He also has experience in conducting clinic trials to determine how patients respond to alternative medicine techniques and is internationally known as an authority in this field.
Because it is believed that insomnia stems from an imbalance in qi, acupuncture can be used to restore the balance and improve sleep. Acupuncture, which is the insertion of very thin needs into the body at strategic energy points, has been proven to be an effective treatment for insomnia and is often preferred to other treatments such as sleeping pills because of the lack of side effects. Acupuncture can also help treat underlying causes of insomnia such as stress, chronic pain, and depression. When these causes are successfully treated, insomnia often resolves itself.
Once you’ve chosen a TCM provider, it’s important that you help them treat your insomnia. Here are some tips to optimize your experience:
If you have insomnia, acupuncture could be an effective therapy to add to your treatment regimen. If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation today to see if acupuncture might be right for you.
If you suffer from chronic insomnia, it’s important to find out what is causing the condition. For example, if you are working at a very stressful job, it might be time to switch careers or utilize relaxation techniques like meditation or massage to help address this cause. If the cause is medical, it’s vital that you work with your healthcare professional to treat the condition. Though acupuncture can often provide relief for those suffering from chronic insomnia, it will always be more effective if it is combined with lifestyle changes, treatment of any medical conditions, and complementary TCM techniques like cupping or herbal remedies.
Other practical tips to treat insomnia include:
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