25. December 2014 · Comments Off on The Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Decrease or Cure of Fibroids in the Body · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Fibroids are tumors that usually develop in the uterus and, by nature, are not cancerous. They may, in some cases, make sexual intercourse painful, cause cramping, and prevent or endanger pregnancy. According to TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine, fibroids occur due to the blockage of energy that is expressed in the form of tumors. The TCM modality of acupuncture is used to help remove the energy blockage and thus remove the fibroids. Most people who use acupuncture use it for the alleviation of pain although the treatment has a wide range of uses, fibroid treatment being one of them. Talk to your doctor or primary healthcare provider before trying out a new treatment.

Western Medicine and Fibroids

The symptoms of uterine fibroids include painful sexual intercourse, irregular or heavy menstruation, increased urination, constipation, cramping and bleeding between periods, and a fullness sensation in the stomach. It may possible for fibroid sufferers to not experience any symptoms at all although they may need to monitor the fibroid’s development and observe the size of the tumor and signs of cancerous growth. Conventional medicine has no idea what causes the formation of fibroids although doctors suggest that the growth may be related to estrogen production. In the United States, about 20% of women suffer from uterine fibroids at some point in their lives.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Fibroids

TCM practitioners believe that acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine may help reduce the development and/or size of fibroids. According to traditional Chinese medicine, fibroids may arise due to a number of factors. They include an imbalance in the function of the organ systems or qi (life energy), certain types of disharmony, stagnation of qi, spleen qi deficiency, and yin deficiency. Each case of uterine fibroids is unique although usually the acupuncturist may treat specific acupuncture points that are related to the uterus and blood stasis problem.

Scientific Studies

Acupuncture’s effectiveness for the treatment of fibroids has little support when it comes to scientific studies. Because of this, the NIH or National Institutes of Health advises that acupuncture be used more as a complementary form of treatment (as opposed to a stand-alone therapy) to certain Western modalities for the treatment of fibroids. For the relief of pain, the institute endorses acupuncture as a main treatment for the relief of pain. Study done at the Bethune International Peace Hospital in 1995 revealed that acupuncture was able to significantly decrease the number of malignant mammary tumors in mice. A report from the National Cancer Institute stated that in seven studies in which animals were administered with acupuncture therapies indicated acupuncture’s positive effects on cancerous conditions; four of the studies showed direct and indirect benefits of acupuncture as a type of anti-cancer therapy.

For the Relief of Pain

For fibroid suffers who want to continue the use of conventional therapies for their condition, acupuncture can be utilized as an adjunct (complimentary) therapy for their ongoing treatments in order to lessen the pain and discomfort caused by their condition. Acupuncture is a very effective pain alleviation technique especially when used in combo with herbal therapy, moxibustion, and other TCM modalities.


Alida van Heerden is a licensed New York acupuncturist and a NADA certified acupuncture detoxification specialist.

18. December 2014 · Comments Off on Considering Acupuncture and Other Forms of Alternative Treatment for Epilepsy · Categories: Acupuncture

Considered a neurological condition, epilepsy is the result of abnormal or excessive activity in the neural regions of the brain. People over the age of 65 and young children are high risk factors to develop this disorder although people of all age group can also suffer from it. There are medications that can control the seizures or can cure the epilepsy itself. In rare instances brain surgery is recommended although it is not a guarantee that the epilepsy will be cured. People with epilepsy usually outgrow the disorder.

The truth is epilepsy is not a single disorder and can manifest several symptoms. In most cases, however, the seizures arise from the abnormal functioning of the electrical parts of the brain. They can be generalized or partial and may be based in on the parts of the brain the abnormality affects. There are seizures that may cause muscle contractions in certain parts of the body. Complications arising from epilepsy include unusual emotions or sensations, unconsciousness, amnesia, and even episodes of deep sleep and out-of-body sensations. Triggers for epileptic seizures include allergic responses to food and this factor needs to be thoroughly observed when children are involved. To help minimize or avoid seizures caused by allergic reactions to food, low allergen diets are always recommended to the patient.

Folic acid and vitamin supplements are effective for the management of epileptic seizures although the guidance or recommendation of a qualified health provider is very much required to carry them out since harmful effects have been known to occur when implementing this procedure sans a medical doctor or medical health provider. Omega 3 fatty acids, taurine, and Vitamin B6 are also known to aid epileptic sufferers. Bupleurum, a Chinese herb in combo with pinellia root, ginger root, jujube fruit, cassia bark, and peony root can be turned into two different herbal formulae called saiko-keishi and sho-saiko that can bring relief to some of the symptoms of epilepsy. A formula of skullcap root, licorice root, and ginseng root can also provide the same benefits.

Physiotherapy (more commonly known as massage therapy) and acupuncture are also quite potent treatments for this disorder.

Aromatherapy and cranial-sacral therapy are the two most effective types of physiotherapy for epilepsy. Aromatherapy uses Jasmine that has a relaxing effect on the epileptic patient. It causes the patient to calm down and relax thus preventing the onset of seizures. Cranial-sacral therapy, on the other hand, improves the flow of fluid around the brain and this helps prevent the development of blockages in the brain that might lead to seizures.

Acupuncture is effective in treating epilepsy because of its ability to regulate erratic brain activity that causes the epileptic attacks and to minimize seizures. In China, studies have shown that massage therapy and acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of epilepsy gave the best results. Another study this time done in Germany involving a little less than a hundred epileptic patients who were treated with acupuncture treatment for one and a half years revealed a significant improvement of symptoms of 65% of the patients. The epilepsy medications were stopped during the testing period so all the results were attributed solely to acupuncture treatment.


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11. December 2014 · Comments Off on Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture Can be Used as Stand-Alone Treatments for Graves’ Disease · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A well-functioning thyroid manufactures hormones that regulate metabolism (transforming food into heat/energy). One thyroid condition, known as Graves’ disease, is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism that results in the thyroid’s overproduction of hormones which in turn, leads to a number of unwanted symptoms. These symptoms include trembling, loss of weight, sweating, heart palpitations and others. In Graves’ disease, the thyroxine (thyroid-stimulating hormone or TSH) hormone is mimicked by dysfunctional antibodies (caused by the disease itself) which cause the thyroid gland to work more than needed and thus overproduce hormones.

Considered an autoimmune condition, Graves’ disease is deemed to be genetically in origin and triggered by stress and other environmental influences. About 9% of the US population (10 million Americans) has this condition, of which, the most susceptible are women who smoke and those who are pregnant. Western medicine offers no cure for Graves’ disease. The two modalities it provides for sufferers include iodine (radiation) therapy, and drugs such as anti-thyroid medications and beta-blockers. On a few occasions, surgery is recommended for the total extraction of the diseased thyroid.

Besides the trembling, weight loss, sweating, and heart palpitations, Graves’ disease can result in other symptoms including:

-Increased appetite
-Double vision,
-Shortness of breath,
-Frequent bowel movements
-Profuse sweating
-Muscle weakness
-Intolerance to heat
-Exophthalmos (bulging eyeballs)


Graves’ disease has a term in Chinese medicine; it’s called “gu yan ning jing,” which means “dove-like fixed eye.” The modes of treatment for it for centuries have been Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Practitioners of Chinese medicine believe that the condition is an indication of a slow moving vital energy (chi or qi) accompanied by abundant phlegm and deficiency of the liver and heart yin with deficient fire. This means that the nourishing and cooling mechanisms of the body are weak and dysfunctional.

These days, a lot of doctors have integrated acupuncture into Western modalities when attempting to resolve Graves’ disease. The fact is acupuncture can be utilized as a stand-alone therapy or combined with Western or other Eastern treatments for this hormonal condition as it has been seen that the treatment has the ability to normalize the release of hormones, the autonomic nervous system, and the release of neuropeptides. A review of a Chinese clinical study done in 1988 stated that acupuncture was administered to address benign thyroid nodules including thyroiditis (not thyroid carcinoma), cystic goiter, nodular goiter, and thyroid adenoma. The results showed a 90% rate of effectiveness of the resolution of the nodules that had a long-term effect. Almost 50% of the people who participated in the study were cured with almost all manifesting a significant improvement of their condition.

The following is a list of the causes and effects of Graves’ disease from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine. This is more or less the patterns of imbalances that an acupuncturist would need to observe in patients who may show signs of Graves’ and thus be able to formulate a proper plan of treatment for the disease.

Spleen Yang Deficiency – Symptoms of this imbalance include loose stools, indigestion and abundant phlegm that travels up to the eyes (causing exophthalmos) or the neck (causing the enlargement of the nodules or the thyroid gland).

Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency – Symptoms of this imbalance are many and they include female infertility, delayed menstruation, amenorrhea or scanty menstruation, dry stools and impacted stools, heat sensations felt on the soles and palms, night sweats, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dry throat, low back pain, easy irritability and anger, blurred vision, dry eyes, dizziness, flushed cheeks, numbness of the limbs, dream-disturbed sleep, sallow complexion, insomnia, and vertical or dull occipital headaches..

Extreme Anger and Sorrow Resulting in the Disturbance of Qi – This leads to the protrusion of the eyes and swelling in the neck. The effect of this condition is a weakening of the Spleen and Stomach Qi (caused by either a poor diet or emotional factors) causing the production of Moist and Turbid substances, that rise up to the thyroid due to too much Liver Qi.

Damp Phlegm – Symptoms include productive coughing of abundant amount of phlegm that is sticky and white, joint problems, lumps and swelling, epigastrium, stuffiness sensation on the chest, no feelings of thirst, and no appetite.

Kidney Fluid and Qi Deficiency – Causes a lack of water in the body resulting in too much heat that in turn, damages Qi. The rise of too much heat damages the Yin as well and usually involves the Stomach, Liver, and Heart.

Deficiency of the Heart Yin – Symptoms include profuse sweating, insomnia, forgetfulness, fidgeting, and palpitations (severe or not) along with fear.

Stagnation of Liver Qi– This condition results in the accumulation of fluids that transform into Phlegm. The Phlegm obstructs the Qi flow in the neck that results in the development of goiter. The remaining Liver Qi converts into fire, resulting in the symptoms of irritability and fidgeting. When the stomach yin and body fluids are consumed by fire, heat will be produced by the Yin Deficiency. This type of Stagnation leads to symptoms of irritability, PMS and painful periods, irregular menstruation, unhappiness, epigastric pain, vomiting, nausea, changes in one’s mental state, depression, moodiness, and melancholy.

Rising Up of Liver Fire – Symptoms include nose bleeds, coughing of blood, vomiting of blood, dry stools and constipation, dream-disturbed sleep, bitter taste in the mouth, thirst, red eyes and face, dizziness, headaches, deafness, high-pitched ringing in the ears, and easy irritability and anger.

Chinese Herbs

Graves’ disease can be effectively treated with Chinese herbs especially if it is administered by a professional and highly skilled naturopathic practitioner. There are certain Chinese herbs used for this disease that are banned in the US and this has forced other patients to seek treatment overseas. A few of these herbs are worthy of mention. They include:

Licorice, lycium fruit, moutan, peony, salvia, citrus, bupleurum, scrophularia, ophiopogon, and codonopsis – All of them help remove heat and have the ability to resolve a lot of the symptoms caused by Graves’ disease.

Oyster shell and fritillaria – Clears phlegm and treats neck swelling and thyroid nodules

Scrophularia and raw rehmannia and– Purges fire and nourishes Yin

Huang Qi (astralagus root) – Tonifies Qi and Increases Yang

Treatment of Graves using Chinese herbs and acupuncture can be very effective in treating this condition. However, you need to have proper guidance when considering an alternative option.


Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

11. December 2014 · Comments Off on Chinese Herbal Remedies to Treat GERD Symptoms · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

When talking about gastro-esophageal reflux disease, the most common condition we associate it with is heartburn. Heartburn is an acidic sensation in the breastbone that seems to travel all the way to the throat.

Gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD is a chronic case of acid reflux. Acid reflux, on the other hand, is a condition in which acid and stomach contents tend to flow back into the esophagus all the way to the throat. This is caused by a malfunctioning lower esophageal sphincter. The heartburn may also lead to excessive production of saliva. GERD can result in complications such as ulceration, esophageal stricture, and a pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus. The inflammation of the esophageal wall can result in bleeding and pain during swallowing.

GERD can cause symptoms that may include a bitter taste in the mouth, coughing, burping, nausea and respiratory problems such as chronic bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. Doctors may recommend diagnostic examinations such as a visual test using a flexible tube), esophagoscopy, and x-rays as well as acidity tests, biopsies and other tests to measure the lower esophageal sphincter. You need to undergo an exhaustive diagnosis to make sure you aren’t suffering from any heart condition, respiratory disease, or complications.

Lifestyle recommendations to treat heartburn and GERD include cutting down on or totally avoiding alcohol, smoking cessation, exercise, stress reduction, sleeping on your left side, and raising the head of your bed with foam wedges or 3-6 inch blocks or foam wedges to elevate your body from the waist up. It’s important to eat before going to sleep. In the daytime, it is advisable to eat four to six small meals a day instead of the conventional two or three large meals. You also need to avoid fish oil supplements, peppermint, garlic, beverages, citrus fruits, tomatoes, and dairy products as these are all triggers for GERD.

Medical doctors, particularly gastroenterologists, address GERD by prescribing acid blocking medications such as Prevacid and Prilosec or antacids. Expect side-effects such as nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and headaches from these medications. In addition to that, once you stop using these medications, the condition remains untreated and the symptoms can even get worse. Lastly, it is important to note that GERD patients who have taken Prilosec for many years have noticed an erosion of the lining of their abdomen.

You can try a rotation diet to know what foods to avoid. Hormones and medications such as asthma drugs, calcium channel blockers, NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) and aspirin can cause reflux.

Based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, heartburn is often the result of eating the wrong foods and severe emotional stress. TCM practitioners believe acid reflux is the result of rising rebellious qi that normally should be descending. Fortunately TCM offers a number of herbal treatments that can be used to complement the aforementioned dietary and lifestyle recommendations.

For GERD and heartburn, a popular Chinese herbal formula known as chai hu mu li long gu tang is usually prescribed by practitioners. This formula is composed of several ingredients including saussurea (mu hsiang), rhubarb (da wang), cinnamon (gui shi), scute (wang chin), pinellia (ban hsia), ginger (gan jiang), ginseng (ren shen), bupleurum (tsai hu), dragonbone (long gu) and oyster shell (mu lee).

To help redirect rebellious qi into a downward movement and to neutralize acidity, dragonbone and oyster shell are used. To quell inflammation, bupleurum is prescribed. This ingredient also helps harmonize chi. The ingredient used to guide chi or qi downward is rhubarb. Scute has antibiotic properties. Saussurea helps harmonize qi flow. Ginger and ginseng relieve nausea and tonify the digestive system respectively. Pinellia, helps clear phlegm and harmonizes qi.

TCM practitioners usually recommend combining mentha (bo he), citrus (dzu hong), halloysite (chi, shi his), chrysanthemum (chu hwa), trichosanthes root (chan hwa fen), oryza (guy a), pogostemon (hu hsiang), sausurrea, red atractylodes (cang hsu), pueraria (de gen), angelica (bai hsi), magnolia (hou po), shen chu, coix (yi yi ren), and poria (fu ling) with chai hu mu li long gu tang to address food stagnation.

A herbal remedy known as yue zhu wan composed of massa fermentata extract (shen chu), gardenia fruit (zhi hsi), cyperus rhizome (hsiang fu), ligsuticum root (chuan hsiong) and red atractylodes root combined with chai hu mu li long gu tang can treat emotional distress related to GERD. For copious phlegm symptom, a phlegm formula known as wen den tang made up of licorice (gan cao), acorus (shi chang po), agastache (huo hsiang), arisaema (tian nan hsing), bamboo shavings (zhu ru), aurantum (zhi shi), poria, citru peel (chen pi), and pinella can be combined with chai hu mu li long gu tang is recommended.

For acid regurgitation, red tongue and a rapid pulse, a coptis formula is recommended. This formula is made up of sophora (cu shen), licorice, gardenia, forsythia, (lian chao), gentian (long dan cao), plantago seed (che chan his), alisma (hse hsie), phellodendron (wang bai), scute, akebia (mu tong), anemarrhena (zhi mu), peony root (bai zhao), tang kuei, rehmannia (sheng di wang), bupleurum, lophaterum (dan hsu ye), and coptis (wang lian).


Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

04. December 2014 · Comments Off on Banish Pain and Live a Happy Life with Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

If anyone lives in pain, it can change his life in many ways. Pain can alter one’s ability to enjoy life, inhibit physical activity, can wither away relationships, and can change personalities.

Since painkilling drugs have so many inherent drawbacks, acupuncture treatment is now being widely sought after by people living with day-to-day pain for the resolution of their problem. More and more conventional medicine physicians are recommending acupuncture when their patients’ prognosis falls beyond the limits of conventional medical care. Right now, there are three procedures that Western medicine uses to deal with pain: physical therapy, drugs and surgery. These are quite potent options and doctors will recommend them when the need arises. However, it is often prudent to begin by using the most minimal invasive modalities saving the maximally invasive procedures as the last means of treatment. Being a minimally invasive procedure, acupuncture ought then to be a first line of treatment for pain and discomfort. However, the opposite often happens which is, to exhaust first all forms of conventional therapies, including surgery, and if none of them work only then will acupuncture be considered as a viable treatment. Knowing to what extent and at what point acupuncture should be used is usually based on the cause of the pain.

In order to understand how acupuncture is a very effective treatment for the banishment of pain, a short discussion of pain from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine needs to be done. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the function of the body depends on how life energy or Qi flows in the body. Much like the circulatory system, Qi flows through vessels of energy throughout the body called meridians. The cure or relief of pain depends on the unobstructed flow of Qi through the meridians.

The approach of acupuncture therapy for the resolution of pain is pretty straightforward. If a meridian becomes blocked and Qi flow stagnates, the treatment focuses in the clearing of the blockage and the restoration of the normal flow of Qi. Diagnostically, the root cause of the pain is the blockage of Qi. There are different types of pain and these include dull pains, stabbing sharp pains and roving pains to mention just a few. Some other determinant factors for the cause of the pain include its duration and location as well the role of cold and heat factors that bring about or exacerbate the pain.

The success of acupuncture treatment for the resolution of pain is not only determined by knowing the cause of the blockage but also in properly evaluating the specifics of its underlying causes. This is where the acupuncturist determines whether acupuncture can be used to complement conventional therapies. Pain can be divided into two categories: pain with an identified physiological cause and pain with no discernable physiological cause.

Through diagnostic tools such as a sonogram, CT scan, MRI, x-ray, etc., we can determine the cause of one’s pain. This falls under the first category of pain and what is often at issue here is a development of some form of physiological abnormality (slipped or degenerated discs, bone spurs, nodules, tumors, or arthritis), trauma or a physical injury. Through the aforementioned diagnostic tools, we can determine a prognosis and therefore the right treatment approach (es). It’s typical that the more stubborn the cause of the pain is, the more temporal the effect of acupuncture will be. This means that if the underlying cause is permanent, acupuncture will be unable to reverse the issue. This is true, more or less, in the case of bony spurs or degenerative arthritis. With regular and faithful acupuncture treatments, the relief of pain can be quite significant and impressive though. For people who have pain that has a permanent cause, the acupuncture treatment of pain may be indefinite. If the alternative (conventional modes of treatment) are not to one’s liking or unacceptable, sufferers may find acupuncture a sensible option. There are occasions when people can’t find satisfactory treatment with physical therapy, can’t find true pain relief from their medications or can’t undergo surgery. There may also be events when the best solution is physical therapy or surgery. In the case of the latter, acupuncture ideally functions as an adjunct modality to quicken the healing time, eliminating or minimizing the need for medications and relieving post-operative pain.

Pain from a physiological cause can be due to a side effect of drugs, usually prescription drugs. Statins such as Crestor and Lipitor have been attributed to muscular and nerve pains. TCM’s recommendation for the treatment of these types of pain is to stop taking the drugs.

Now we tackle the issue of pain emanating from an unknown cause. This type of pain obviously comes with no diagnosis and one that stomps most western medical practitioners. One such condition is fibromyalgia which some of its sufferers describe as excruciating pain oftentimes affecting every part of their body. From the standpoint of Western medicine, a fibromyalgia diagnosis lacks meaning since there is no cause that can be attributed to it and so no course of treatment can be designed to combat this condition. Temporary relief of symptoms is the only way conventional medicine can provide for sufferers of fibromyalgia.

The symptoms of fibromylagia can be taken care of with acupuncture and in a much more effective way and to state, frankly, this treatment should be considered as a frontline therapy for this disease. The pain is real and felt but no cause can be determined for it. Conditions that can be included in this second category of pain include enduring pain from statins, even after these drugs are filtered out of the bloodstream, PMS breast pain, joint-pain that is non-arthritic in nature, menstrual pain, certain types of headaches, migraines, injury or postoperative pain long after the tissue in question has completely healed, and other kinds of pain that are impossible to diagnose. When a pain that is difficult to diagnose strikes a person, the acupuncturist or TCM practitioner will observe if Qi flow is stagnant and where the blockage is located. Usually the TCM for pain is a longstanding energy blockage due to past surgeries or injuries; imbalances in the organ systems that cause Qi to forcefully rise to the head without completing its circulation downward (leading to a headache), bottled up physical or emotional trauma especially with victims of sexual or child abuse, exposure to radiation and/or heat, or past exposure to severe cold (including a surgery room. All these are indications of disruptions in the normal circulation of Qi.

Being a holistic form of medicine, acupuncture is often successful in treating pain that is beyond the power of Western medicine to resolve. People who suffer either from acute or chronic pain should consider it as a frontline treatment for their condition.


Galina Semyonova is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in New York City. She has studied extensively in the fields of biofeedback therapy, SCENAR therapy, Chinese herbal treatments and Chinese and Western nutrition.

04. December 2014 · Comments Off on Avoid the Nasty Side Effects of Sleeping Medications by Getting Acupuncture Treatment for Your Insomnia · Categories: Acupuncture

Insomnia is often referred to as a sleeping disorder that is defined by a difficulty in staying and/or falling asleep. Individuals suffering from insomnia possess one or more of these symptoms:

-Feeling tired upon waking

-Trouble getting back to sleep

-Waking up during the night

-Arising too early in the morning

-Difficulty falling asleep

Based on the statistics gathered by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Sleep Disorders around 30 to 40% of American adults suffer from insomnia each year with about 11% to 15% of them experiencing chronic insomnia. Persons who have difficulty sleeping each night without interruption for months or even years are quite uncommon. Individuals usually experience sleeping problems for a few nights (termed chronic-intermittent insomnia), followed by some nights of sufficient sleep which again is followed by some nights of sleeping difficulties.

The CDC or Center for Disease Control also did a study which sampled the US population during the years 2005 to 2010. This study showed that around 9 million adults (4% of the population) availed of prescription sleep in one month alone. This high rate of chronic and acute insomnia makes it easy to see why the pharmaceutical industry is raking in tens of billions of dollars each year just from sales in sleeping pills and drugs.

Most of us know that getting quality and sufficient amount of sleep is vital to maintaining good emotional and physical health. Homeostasis suffers when the body does not get adequate sleep. This generates an imbalance that causes illness and disease. A weak immune system (as well as weakness in the other body systems) can make the body very vulnerable, and this can affect all aspects of your being.

In alleviating the symptoms of insomnia, Western medicine provides us with prompt but oftentimes short-term relief modalities. Most of these are in the form of pharmaceutical drugs that have a litany of side effects. Moreover, the dosages need to be increased up to a point when the person eventually becomes dependent to it. This dependency can then turn into a full-fledged addiction to the drug.

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a different strategy when addressing insomnia. This type of medicine not only targets the symptoms but addresses the underlying cause of the symptoms as well. By seeing the patient in a holistic way, combining Chinese herbs and acupuncture, and using differential diagnosis, the central core of the problem can be known and treated accordingly regardless if it’s a deficiency or an excess problem.

If insomnia is diagnosed as an excess problem, fire or heat is usually responsible for the problem. The insomnia may then be differentiated as either deficient fire or excess fire and range from Liver fire to Heart heat to a disharmony between the Kidney and Heart or a Heart yin deficiency. Each different pattern begets its own specific symptoms and thus will need a unique way of addressing it.

People experiencing insomnia and are diagnosed with a deficiency problem usually suffer from a deficiency in yin, Qi, or blood. These three substances possess both energetic and physical attributes that are well defined within the paradigm of Traditional Chinese Medicine and are important ingredients for well-being and balance. A deficiency diagnosis can include Gallbladder and Heart deficiency, Spleen and Heart deficiency, and Heart blood deficiency. Like an excess diagnosis, each deficiency diagnosis necessitates a unique form of treatment.

People may see TCM as not really a treatment convincing enough to switch to when all that’s needed to resolve their insomnia is to just go the pharmacy and buy some over the counter drugs. As this article has pointed out, drugs merely and temporarily address the symptoms that come back as soon as the effects of the drugs wear off. TCM addresses the core problem that is causing the symptoms. Once the underlying problem, is resolved, TCM practitioners can entirely eliminate the health issue it is causing.

Countless numbers of people who have suffered from acute and chronic insomnia have had an incredible improvement in their quality of life. Moreover, their days of taking sleeping medications to help them get some very important quality sleep are done and so the dangerous side effects that come with these drugs are avoided.

If you have decided to once and for all tackle your insomnia and want a more effective, safe and natural treatment for it, then consult with a licensed and accredited acupuncturist today and get ready to experience the kind of sleep you have been longing for a long time.


Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.