“Sleep is yin and is ruled by the spirit. If the spirit is quiet, this leads to sleep. If the spirit
is not quiet, there is no sleep” – Zhang Jing-yue
Acupuncture as an Effective Alternative to Sleeping Pills
People who have trouble sleeping know the frustration that accompanies it. Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint, affecting 9-15% of the worldwide population . Whether it is problems falling asleep, or staying asleep, the tiredness and fatigue that accompany a poor night’s rest can affect all aspects of life.
While traditional insomnia treatments like sleeping pills work for some, many people find that they are not effective in providing a restful or restorative sleep, or find that the side effects of the medication precludes their use. For those who are also looking for a more natural method of insomnia treatments, acupuncture can be an effective choice. In fact, one study showed that it could outperform estozolam, a pharmaceutical drug used to treat insomnia .
Acupuncture Stimulates Melatonin
One way that acupuncture may work in treating insomnia is by increasing the amount of melatonin produced by your body, which is important in sleep regulation . It may also affect the levels of neurotransmitters that are also important in sleep regulation .
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are many different diagnoses for insomnia . By going through a consultation, your pattern of disharmony will be discovered and allow for a tailor made treatment plan to be designed to help you overcome your insomnia. Acupuncture helps to quiet the busy mind, relax the body, and promote restfulness. In cases where insomnia exists with other disharmonies such as stress, depression, or anxiety, treating those conditions at the same time will allow your sleep schedule to return to normal. Schedule a consultation to see if acupuncture is right for you.
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