How to Beat Insomnia naturally with acupuncture
By Carlo St. Juste Jr., L.Ac: From my Acupuncturist clinical perspective,(insomnia) can be a little tricky to treat, mainly because there has to be a fine understanding of the lifestyle habits or other factors involved. There are many causes for insomnia, including stress, anxiety, certain drugs such as asthma medications, gastrointestinal problems, and other conditions. However, your lifestyle plays a major role in management of this condition.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been shown to be very effective for the treatment of insomnia. In a systematic review of over 46 randomized control studies and over 3800 patients, acupuncture had been shown to be more effective than no treatment or sham acupuncture1. Acupuncture and herbal therapy had also been show to be more effective than just herbal therapy alone2. No serious side effects were reported from any of the studies.
Bio-medicine suggests that acupuncture can increase the amount of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA), which leads to sleep quality. GABA is what’s known as a neurotransmitter inhibitor, meaning it stops the nerves cells from communicating.It’s actually of the the most common inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain3.
In TCM a common cause of of insomnia is due to disharmony of your heart qi/blood energy, which is also going to affect or be affected by the qi (chi) of another organ such as the spleen qi/blood energy (responsible for digestion and metabolizing), kidney yin energy (responsible for growth and longevity), or the liver blood energy (responsible for promoting harmonious flow of qi throughout the body, also deals with emotions). By looking at your tongue, and feeling your pulse were able to get a better idea of what systems may be out of order in your body. read more
Carlo St. Juste Jr goes on to list some other ways to beat insomnia naturally by insisting on at least 15 minutes of physical activity per day, 15 minutes of meditation and avoiding spicy foods at night.