Acupuncture and Herbal medicine is a fantastic integrative and natural treatment for Insomnia.
Using a holistic approach Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a constitutional diagnostic method to determine the cause of the insomnia, as well as the treatment.
TCM theory dictates that the body’s energy, or qi, circulates through 12 meridians, which are linked to internal organs and emotions (see chart below). The heart meridian, for instance, relates to anxiety, the liver meridian to stress and anger, and the spleen meridian to worry. Too much of any emotion can affect its correlating meridian, creating a disturbance in shen. “Shen” is the energy of our emotional body. If it is affected by work or stress, and can affect our sleep by keeping us from falling asleep, prevent REM sleep, or causing us to wake easily.
Through proper tongue diagnosis and pulse assessment, Michelle can determine which organs and emotions are out of balance, resulting in those restless nights. With regular acupuncture and herbal medication one can naturally balance their meridians and strengthen their body’s ability to adapt to stress in our modern fast pace environments.
A 6 treatment series of treatments is generally recommended to successfully treat insomnia. Most patients find after just one treatment they find an immediate shift in their sleep patterns, but more treatments are recommended to maintain the effects.
TCM links each of the body’s meridians to an emotion. Use the following guide to help you figure out the roots of your imbalance. For an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, please set up a free consultation.
Insomnia Characteristics: Waking up easily; difficulty falling asleep
Emotions: Anger, stress, frustration
Insomnia Characteristics: Difficulty falling asleep; waking between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Insomnia Characteristics: Waking between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Emotions: Worry, obsessiveness.
Insomnia Characteristics: Waking at the same time every night; dream-disturbed sleep.