What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder with which people have difficulty falling or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:
– Difficulty falling asleep
– Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
– Waking up too early in the morning
– Having unrefreshing sleep
– Having at least one daytime problem such as fatigue; sleepiness; problems with mood, concentration; accidents at work or while driving, etc.
Imbalance of your bodys energy (Qi)
Traditional Chinese Medicine offers some insight into the varying causes of sleeplessness. The pairing of acupuncture with herbal remedies can bring relief to patients with chronic insomnia, nightmares, and even sleep apnoea. Patients battling chronic insomnia can tell you that insufficient or poor quality sleep leads not only to irritability and exhaustion, but also to muscle stiffness, impaired cognitive function, fibromyalgia, and other significant health problems.
Often Western medicine will search for a physical or emotional problem causing the sleeplessness, but Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes that insomnia can stem from a fundamental imbalance of energy, or Qi. While sleeping pills and anti-depressants are commonly prescribed for insomnia and other sleep disorders, these prescriptions can become addictive and patients can find it difficult to sleep naturally without these pills in the future. Patients may find better relief through the natural treatments of acupuncture and herbal remedies.
Here at Jade Natural Health we utilize a system of pressure points and meridians to track the function and balance of our organs, blood, and energy. It is believed that each organ houses a different aspect of our spirit. For those with insomnia or sleep apnoea, the heart and liver are often out of balance, allowing the spirit to wander and disrupt the normal patterns of sleep.
More specifically, the gall bladder meridian is often to blame for dream-disturbed sleep, manifesting in the form of nightmares or repetitive dreams. Patients who experience difficulty falling asleep typically have an imbalanced liver, while those who sleep too lightly often need to be treated for a heart and spleen deficiency. When the proper insomnia pattern has been identified, we will apply a combination of herbal medicines and treatments specifically for your needs.