Insomnia in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is very interesting. In fact, somewhat unexpectedly, it almost always is attributed to a heart problem. Put in terms of our modern age, sleeplessness is linked with either cardiomyopathies or coronary vascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, and vasospasms.
All three of these coronary artery problems restrict blood flow into the heart wall. When this happens, a person simply cannot fall into a deep sleep. In Western medicine, the drugs that are provided to induce sleep such as Ambien, Lunesta, and Trazodone are just manipulating brain chemistry and do not actually address the fundamental cause of insomnia.
How to treat insomnia with acupuncture
With our approach, we try to get to the source of the issue and address it from there. As noted, what we find is that the real source for trouble sleeping is typically an issue with the heart. TCM, whether it’s acupuncture or Chinese herbs, can be used to vasodilate the coronary arteries, push more blood into the heart wall, and de-swell swollen atherosclerotic coronary vessels.
Deep sleep and a noticeable improvement in fatigue and anxiety. We’ve seen countless successes in treating insomnia with both acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Acupuncture and Wellness Center, the largest privately owned Chinese medical practice in the United States. Through the Doane Online Education membership, we can teach you how to use the right acupuncture, and the right combination of herbs to accomplish these results. Your well-rested patients will thank you for the invaluable gift of sweet dreams!