Acupuncture treatment for Insomnia
Everyone suffers from sleeplessness at some time. However when this condition continues as insomnia it can be hugely debilitating, leading on to tiredness, inability to concentrate, mood changes etc. At this time, it can start to impinge on work or relationships creating more stress and anxiety which causes further stress and perpetuates the problem.
Rather than attempting to sedate like western sleeping pills, Chinese medicine seeks to find the cause of the insomnia and treat it from the root. By discerning what the actual problem is, whether that be inability the to fall asleep, restless sleep, nightmares etc, this and other observations allow the practitioner to distinguish how the body has become imbalanced. Appropriate treatment can then be administered.
The treatment of insomnia may often involve looking into various areas of a persons life; diet, exercise, work and home stresses, and constitutional factors can all have an effect on sleep patterns. Lifestyle changes can often have a dramatic effect.
In my clinical experience, many patients experience a good improvement in their sleep pattern even if this was not the condition that treatment was sought for!