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Acupuncture for insomnia

Insomnia (sleeplessness), is a sleep disorder where people have trouble falling asleep.

Insomniacs can suffer greatly with this problem, causing tiredness, irritable, sleep apnea, sleep disturbances, low moods and poor concentration. Total sleep time should be between 7-8 hours per night.

Treatment for insomnia

Treatment for insomnia normally involves sleeping pills and other medications such as anti-depressants.

Treatment for insomnia

The ancient Chinese have known for thousands of years that the mind, body and spirit and One. Oriental medicine doesn't just treat the mind, but also the body and spirit to help people sleep efficiency.

In traditional Chinese medicine theory, insomnia is caused by an over-active mind that cannot switch off. This is turn can be caused by stress, a lack of blood, anxiety and excessive heat.

Acupuncture treatment can treat insomnia by using specific points to relax people's minds, the nervous system and help them to switch off their mind or at least reduce the level of intense mental activity. Insomniacs fall asleep faster after having treatment with a quicker sleep onset. A lot of my patients with insomnia sleep well after their first session.

As with all health problems it's also important to improve your diet in order to improve the quality of your sleep. For insomnia, increasing levels of blood in the body can have dramatic effects.

Research has found that accupuncture are significantly more effective than hypnotic drugs, for example benzodiazepines.

Research has shown the effectiveness of acupuncture in people with sleep problems by:

  • Increasing melatonin levels
  • Stimulating opioid production
  • Improves sleep
  • Increasing blood flow to the brain
  • Increasing relaxation to improve sleep quality
  • Regulating levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, thereby altering the brain's mood chemistry to help to increase relaxation and reduce tension

Factsheet

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References

He, Q, et al. A clinical trial of treatment of primary insomnia of patients with qi-stagnation constitution by shallow acupuncture combined with ear-acupoint pellet-pressing. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2019 Apr 25;44(4):293-6. doi: 10.13702/j.1000-0607.170614.

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