Acupuncture and Insomnia
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can effectively treat insomnia. Insomnia has a cause. There is something in your body that is out of balance that causes you to lose sleep.
Typically, you either have a problem falling asleep or a problem staying asleep. Sometimes you have both. A problem falling asleep is often associated with a spleen and heart energy and blood deficiency. You heart and spleen can weaken over time and cause palpitations, anxiety and insomnia. You should have an acupuncturist diagnose you for this.
A problem staying asleep is often caused by a yin deficiency. As you age, you lose yin. Yin is the cool and moist, yang is the hot and dry. The yin keeps you asleep. There are acupuncture points that treat a yin deficiency, such as Spleen 6 and Kidney 3 and 6.
If you have insomnia, you will find acupuncture to be very effective. You can treat the underlying imbalance that causes the insomnia and not have to continually take other things to get to sleep.
One of my favorite non Chinese herb treatments for insomnia is flower essences. I use the Bach flower formula “Rescue Sleep“. It is amazing if used right before you go to sleep. It calms your mind and helps you relax. A lot of people think it knocks them out. It just helps you mind calm down and a lot of people have no idea how that feels. I combine Chinese herbs with acupuncture and flower essences for the fastest result.
Bach flower remedies do not make sense. Even I did not believe they worked until a patient gave me a bottle of “Rescue Remedy”. I used it a bunch of times in a row and found myself very relaxed. The flower essences work on an energetic level to treat emotional issues. There are combined formulas of the essences as well as single flower essences. There is no down side to taking the essences. They are amazingly effective.
This is the Spleen Meridian. Spleen six is located near your ankle. Pericardium 6 is also used, as well as Heart 7 to treat anxiety and insomnia. I like to use magnetic pellets that are applied before bed and kept on Pericardium 6 all night to stay asleep. It gently stimulates the point and is removed in the morning. Please consult your acupuncturist about this.
This is the Pericardium meridian. Pericardium is a commonly used point for Carpal Tunnel, nausea and insomnia. It is a tender point, so if you do not want acupuncture there, acupuncture magnetic pellets are an option. Please do not try this without an acupuncturist advising you.