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Curing Insomnia with Acupuncture

 18th June 2015


The importance of Sleep

“O sleep, O gentle sleep, nature’s soft nurse.”

William Shakespeare Henry IV.

Shakespeare certainly knew about the importance of sleep. I wonder if as many people suffered from insomnia in his times since nowadays it seems that more and more people are affected.

We only need to look at an infant deprived of sleep to see the immediate effect.

Whilst adults are not quite as sensitive as young children, studies about sleep and sleep deprivation are showing just how much we are harmed if we suffer from insomnia.

Latest findings show that the various functions of sleep include the regulation of our metabolism and immune system; indeed our internal organs are hard at work throughout the night.

As sleep expert and neuroscientist Dr Merrill Mitller states:

“Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood.”

We essentially heal in our sleep, so one of the major problems with insomnia is that we don’t seem to be able to recover from chronic conditions.

Different types of Insomnia

The term insomnia covers a number of different situations:

Inability to fall asleep easily

Waking during the night

Sleeping restlessly/unrefreshed by sleep

Waking early in the morning

Dream-disturbed sleep

Unrefreshed by sleep

Sleeping Tablets

Medication to help sleep has a place in certain situations i.e. acute situations where the patient seems to be unable to get any sleep, and so, for a very short time, some artificially-induced sleep give some temporary respite.

Clearly this is not an ideal situation, since the patient can become very rapidly reliant on these medications.

For chronic , long-term insomnia, medication is problematic, firstly because of the aforementioned reliance and secondly, because the side-effects are a real issue, particularly drowsiness and lack of mental sharpness the next day.

In extreme situations then medication may take the patient out of ‘crisis’ mode, but to help them regain natural restorative sleep patterns, we have to look elsewhere.

Why try Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has long been used in China and Japan for this condition and is increasingly used in the West.

I have been treating patients on a regular basis for the last 17 years. Usually a course of treatment is needed though often results are very rapid. (One particular time a female patient came to see me with really bad insomnia which had been going on for months; after the first treatment she slept so soundly that she cancelled the second to see how it would go and rang me a month later to say she was still sleeping perfectly!)

As mentioned in other blogs about different conditions, Traditional/5-Element Acupuncture focuses on the individual rather than the condition, so that every treatment plan is tailored to that particular person depending on their “signs’, in particular how their pulse feels.

Checkout https://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-cure-insomnia-with-acupuncture/ “How to Cure Insomnia With Acupuncture”- Bulletproof.