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TCM Solutions - Insomnia

Treating Insomnia with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

From time to time, most people have nights where they cannot sleep, tossing and turning in frustration,
wondering how they are going to get through the next day. For some people, this is a nightly
occurrence, either not being able to get to sleep, or falling asleep but then waking in the early morning
hours and not being able to go back to sleep. In a addition, insomnia tends to worsen and become
chronic as one ages.

The Western medical treatment of insomnia mostly focuses on the use of drugs, such as Valium,
commonly called tranquilizers by the general public. These drugs have unpleasant side effects.
Although they can help one sleep, they often make one drowsy, lethargic, and confused the next day.
They can be addictive and there is a danger of overdose. Of 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 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, which can effectively 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 individualized pattern of disharmony. This
pattern diagnosis is made through four basic examinations:
looking at the face, eyes, posture, and especially the tongue and its coating,
listening to the patient’s voice, breathing & manner of expression,
questioning about the course and history of the condition as well as about all other bodily functions, and
feeling the pulse on both wrists.

Based on the individualized pattern diagnosis, the practitioner will then craft a personalized treatment
plan encompassing all aspects of the patient's life. In general, the main organs or viscera involved are
the Chinese ideas of the heart, spleen and kidneys. No matter whether your practitioner primarily uses
acupuncture or Chinese medicine or some combination of both, their focus will be on eliminating the
root imbalance which is causing your insomnia. Because Chinese medicine does not simply depend
on sedatives and tranquilizers, Chinese medical treatment promotes sound sleep without drowsiness,"
hangover", addiction, or withdrawal.

How do I know Chinese medicine works?
Considerable research has been done on the effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on
various types of insomnia. Our professional practitioners 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.

Clinical Research Paper
120 Cases of Insomnia Treated with Acupuncture According to Syndrome Type (Abstract)