Before we start looking at using acupuncture to treat insomnia, you
should first know at least a bit about this treatment in order to
understand how it can be effective in treating your sleeping problems.
Acupuncture is one of the many treatments that fall under the category
of traditional Chinese
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that body's energy circulates
different meridians, each linked to a particular organ and
emotion. Too much of any single emotion can cause disturbances in that
meridian, thus interfering with the body's emotional energy.
Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine believe that insomnia is
related to the liver meridian, which is also the meridian
It is well known by doctors that stress is one of the main contributing
factors to insomnia, so it would only make sense that
links insomnia to the liver meridian, and thus stress. Another reason
this seems to make sense is that traditional Chinese medicine states
that the time when the energy is highest in the liver meridian also
happens to be in the
middle of the night. So, too much stress is
causing a disturbance in the liver meridian and thus causing sleeping
problems during the night.
Nonetheless, not all insomnia
is related to the liver meridian, as
Chinese medicine also shows it could be related to the heart, lungs, or
best way to find out which meridian you're insomnia is
related to is to visit
an acupuncturist for a diagnosis. Still, the
chart below should help you to form a general idea.
Results in waking up between 1:00 and 3:00 am or difficulty falling
Results in difficulties falling asleep or waking up easily during the
Results in waking up at the same time every night or waking up due to
Results in waking up between 3:00 and 5:00 am
is Acupuncture, Exactly?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept,
acupuncture is a
process where an
sticks small needles in
certain parts of your body in
order to target problems with specific meridians.
sound a bit eery, It is usually
and many people swear by it as an effective way to
treat a whole host of different health problems.
or not you
believe in things like emotional energy and the 12 meridians doesn't
really matter, and not believing probably won't make the acupuncture
any less successful.
only thing you need to know is that
acupuncture really does work, and there is a lot of research and
scientific evidence to support its effectiveness as an
Supporting Insomnia Acupuncture
has been gaining popularity only slowly in the Western world
over the past few decades, and even many medical doctors are not
recommending it as an alternative treatment option for their patients
suffering from a variety of diseases, ailments, and other health
problems. When looking at insomnia acupuncture though, the research has
Acupuncture has long been used to help relieve stress and anxiety, and
has been proven to help some people with these problems fall asleep
quicker and sleep more soundly through the night. However,
until recently that the reason for this was fully understood.
It seems that patients
suffering from high
levels of stress and anxiety
have much higher levels of melatonin
production during the night after
undergoing acupuncture treatment.
is important for treating
insomnia because melatonin is one of the main chemicals in the brain
that helps to regulate
our sleeping-waking cycle.
production doesn't begin until after dark, at which time it then is
responsible for feelings of sleepiness.
Studies have shown insomnia acupuncture helps promote sleep in people
of all ages and levels of health, making it one of the safest and
possibly most effective natural insomnia treatments
stimulating melatonin production isn't the only way acupuncture can
effectively treat the causes of insomnia.
Chronic pain is
another one of the leading causes of insomnia, and acupuncture has been
used for centuries to help deal with this problem as well. So, if your
problems falling asleep are related to pains, acupuncture could help
you sleep in multiple ways, both by lessening your pain and increasing
for Using Acupuncture to Treat Insomnia
you've never tried acupuncture before, the first step is to find a
qualified acupuncturist. Make sure to read plenty of
reviews and look
for someone with a good reputation and experience using acupuncture to
treat insomnia. Choosing a qualified and reputable acupuncturist will
definitely ensure you get much more out of the experience, and also
prevent you from being ripped off by a con artist who only pretends to
Still, just as important as choosing a qualified acupuncturist is
choosing one that you get
along well with. Acupuncture is a very
personal treatment and you need to be completely
relaxed for it to work properly, so it's very important that you like
liking your acupuncturist doesn't mean the treatment won't be
effective, but you'll definitely get more out of it if you get along
well and are comfortable
with him or her.
The final tip is the one most people struggle with: making sure you
give the treatment enough
time before deciding it works. Acupuncture is
a slow and gradual
process, so you probably won't see any signs of
improvement after only a few sessions.
you should try to give
it at least a month or
two before deciding it doesn’t work. With any
luck, you'll soon be sleeping like a baby thanks to your insomnia
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