Treating Insomnia with Acupuncture
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been treating insomnia for many centuries. Insomnia is seen as a symptom of an underlying imbalance in the body. Each person may have a different imbalance, therefore no two cases of insomnia are exactly the same.
Some common presentations are
Trouble falling asleep
Waking up frequently
Waking up especially at 1 to 3 in the morning and not able to get back to sleep
Waking very early
Frequently waking up to use the bathroom
Dream disturbed sleep
Simply unable to fall asleep.
Trouble sleeping at night can not only be frustrating but can also lead to many health problems. Good sleep is critical to healthy physical, mental and emotional processing. When we go without sleep, our body struggles to perform at its full potential and we can expect impairments to our physical and mental performance. It can cause drowsiness, lack of focus, negative effects on metabolism and cellular repair, altered mood, and suppression of the immune system.
To address these problems, acupuncture helps the body to get into a deep rest. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system bringing the body into the rest and digest mode. Many people are surprised at how relaxing acupuncture can be and it is not uncommon to take a nap during treatment. In fact many forms of insomnia are not initially reported but patients often comment on how their sleep has improved over the course of treatment.
Through the course of an acupuncture treatment series, symptoms gradually improve as the underlying cause is addressed. Herbal medicine is often prescribed alongside acupuncture to further treat the underlying mechanism of insomnia. The treatments are safe and aim towards resolution and is a sensible alternative to sedatives and pharmaceuticals that cause dependency.
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