Acupuncture & Chinese medicine are effective insomnia treatments for calming the mind, decreasing stress and helping to get you to sleep. Research has shown acupuncture to be more effective than pharmaceutical medicine for improving duration and quality of sleep. Research involving 3811 patients over 46 randomized trials describes acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating insomnia.
We all suffer 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 interfere with work or relationships creating more stress and anxiety which causes further stress and adds to the problem.
The Conventional Approach to Insomnia
The western medical approach is to give sleeping pills. Chinese medicine seeks to find the cause of the insomnia and treat it from the root. By pinpointing what the actual problem is, whether that is the inability to fall asleep, restless sleep/mind, nightmares or chronic pain etc, this and other observations allow the practitioner to distinguish how the body has become imbalanced. Appropriate treatment can then be administered.
Many patients experience a good improvement in their sleep pattern even if this was not the condition that treatment was sought for!