insomnia treatments with acupuncture

Insomnia and acupuncture

Insomnia, which is not caused by a physical illness or condition, is defined as sleep of unsatisfactory length and/or quality, over a long period of time. It includes difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, disturbed sleep and/or early final wakening.

Drugs are often prescribed to treat insomnia and may be addictive, therefore, more and more people are seeking alternative methods of treatment, such as acupuncture.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine indicates that there are different causes of insomnia, which include:-.

  • Over anxiety impairing the heart and spleen.
  • Disorder of stomach - Qi.
  • Hyperactivity of liver - Yang.
  • Hyperactivity of fire - Yin deficiency.

On arrival at our Manchester (Altrincham) clinic, a patient will be assessed by the practitioner, who will examine the patient's tongue and take a pulse reading to find out the cause of the problem. According to the diagnosis, different acupuncture treatments will be prescribed as follows:-

  • For over anxiety impairing the heart and spleen the strengthening of Qi and blood.
  • Restoring the normal stomach function is for the disorder of stomach Qi.
  • Calming liver Yan is for hyperactivity of liver Yang.
  • Nourishing Yin and to reduce fire is for hyperactivity of fire due to Yin deficiency.

Successfull outcome

Outlined below is a successful case of acupuncture treatment for chronic insomnia:-

Miss H. was 22 year old student, who complained about difficulties in falling asleep and waking up far too early. She had become more and more anxious over a period of months and she was concerned about the detrimental effect of lack of sleep on her final exams.

On arrival at our Manchester (Altrincham) clinic, her pulse was checked, her tongue examined and a diagnosis of over anxiety was made. This over anxiety was impairing the heart and spleen.

A series of acupoints were selected in order to strengthen Qi and blood as follows:-

Pishu(BL20), Xishu(BL15), Ganshu(BL18), Shenmen(HT7), Taichong(LR3) and Sanyinjiao(SP6).

After 2 sessions of acupuncture treatment, she was able to go to sleep without difficulty and she became more and more relaxed. Her anxiety level was greatly reduced, soon her sleeping pattern returned to normal and she successfully passed her final exams.

If you suffer from insomnia and are seeking acupuncture treatment, please contact the Manchester (Altrincham) clinic at 0161 9732107.