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TCM & Acupuncture for Insomnia

Chronic insomnia is frequently caused by worry, traumatic experiences, or sleep-disturbing habits.

Researchers discovered that acupuncture was successful at reducing the symptoms of insomnia, increasing the quality of sleep, and lengthening overall sleep time. People’s sleep awakenings and self-rated anxiety also improved significantly 2 and 4 weeks after treatment.
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Causes of Insomnia

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) recognises that insomnia stems from a fundamental imbalance of energy, or yin and yang. Sleep is part of the natural rhythm of yin and yang qi in the body. Yin and yang qi play opposite roles – in the day, yang qi dominates as it fuels the body’s activities and keeps us warm and alert. However, as day turns into night, the cooling, quiet and nourishing yin qi dominates. It helps slow down the body’s activity so that it is relaxed and calm for a good night’s sleep. When this natural rhythm is disrupted, there is an imbalance of yin and yang qi, which results in insomnia.

Some factors that cause yin and yang qi imbalance are:

  • Dietary habits such as overeating, heavy meals and consumption of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages
  • Emotions such as anger, sorrow and extreme happiness
  • Exhaustion from activities such as excessive exercise, or overstimulation of the brain
  • Prolonged illness
  • Old age

How TCM Addresses Insomnia

Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to impact areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for insomnia and anxiety. In order to promote relaxation, it also lowers sympathetic (stress-related) nervous system activity and controls mood chemistry in the brain. Combining acupuncture and over-the-counter sleep aids is safe.

Acupuncture Results for Insomnia

Acupuncture has a cumulative effect. Consistent weekly appointments for approximately 4-6 weeks should give you progressive improvement with insomnia. For temporary insomnia, fewer than 10 sessions may be needed.
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Common Insomnia Conditions We Treat

Here is a list of common insomnia issues we treat :

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