05. January 2017 · Comments Off on Powerful Chinese Medicine Remedies and Treatments For Insomnia · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Insomnia, from a Chinese medicine standpoint, is caused by excessive underlying elements and conditions in the body the most common of which are heart fire, liver fire, and food stagnation. Insomnia can also be a manifestation of other deficiencies in the body including blood deficiency, heart yin deficiency, and qi deficiency.

It is important that the heat is cleared if one wants to treat insomnia using Chinese medicines. For this, a concoction known as Emperor’s Tea would suffice. Made up of a combination of various nourishing and sedating properties, this tea clears heat from the body, resulting in complete relaxation. As everybody knows, relaxation is a precondition for sleeping soundly. Other potent Chinese medicinal herbs other than the Emperor’s Tea such as Mien Pien and An Shen Bu Hsincan be used for treating insomnia.

One of the best Chinese medicine treatments for insomnia is acupuncture in Austin. The use of hair-thin acupuncture needles placed on selected acupuncture points can calm and relax the patient enough to make him/her feel sleepy. These acupoints are located on the wrists, between the eyebrows, and on the ear. In order to be at the best and most appropriate time to fall asleep, it is best that acupuncture treatment be requested by the patient late in the afternoon. This is an ideal time to undergo acupuncture for insomnia as it will induce a refreshing, deep, and peaceful sleep all throughout the night.

For folks who think that the notion of being stuck with needles as something they are not looking forward to, they could opt for an equally powerful needleless therapy known as acupressure. The modes and elements of treatment between acupuncture and acupressure are the same although instead of being pricked with needles, acupressure uses painless pressure on the acupointwith a relative amount of force.

The five elements of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are wood, metal, water, fire, and earth. The entire principle of Chinese treatment procedures revolve around the correct circulation of energy throughout the energy pathways of the body called meridians. Another factor for achieving ideal health is the proper interaction of the body organs with each other.

In treating insomnia, common Chinese herbal remedies such as chamomile, passionflower, lavender, and lemon balm can be used. These herbs can be made into teas and served as ideal home remedies for insomnia. These treatments are considered natural cures for insomnia since they are naturally occurring.

AnShen Bu Hsiin Wan Insomnia Treatment

This herbal remedy can easily and quickly treat a person’s sleep disorder.
The main active ingredient in this concoction is Mother of pearl shells and it has the power to calm the spirit and settle the heart. To get enough sleep every time you want to relax, take An Shen Bu Hsin Wan pills thrice a day. If indigestion or stomach upset occurs, discontinuetreatment.

Emperor’s Tea Insomnia Treatment

Toxins in the yin and the heart blood can be removed with Emperor’s tea. This tea also has the ability to resolve heat deficiencies. The active ingredient of emperor’s tea is extracted from schizandra berries which also helps strengthens the body’s resistance to diseases. This tea can also enhance the capacity of the body to handle stress.

For long-lasting results, eight pills of Emperor’s tea thrice a day should be taken for up to a month.

An Mien Pien Treatment

There are two active ingredients in an An Mien Pien pill: the polygaia root and the ziziphus seed. They both have nourishing, hypnotic, and sedative effects on the body, while they calm the heart at the same time. An Mien Pien also can treat restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia. For best results, take 4 tablets thrice a day.

More important than these powerful Chinese medicine treatments,is the need to modify one’s lifestyle in order to cure the problem. Before you sleep, don’t eat sweets or take caffeine. Also, during the night, you need to avoid any stimulation that may keep you awake. This means there should be no TV or computer at night because they could disturb your sleep or prevent you from falling asleep.

02. March 2016 · Comments Off on Studies Have Shown Acupuncture’s Ability to Cure Insomnia · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Both the autonomic nervous system and the hormones have to be balanced in order to commence and maintain sleep. A lot of studies have demonstrated acupuncture’s ability to help promote the restoration of homeostasis and preserve the balance of biological chemicals in the central nervous system.

  1. Acupuncture has the ability to enhance the production of melatonin in your body – The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience published an article that investigated the relationship between acupuncture treatments and melatonin. The study saw that in all 18 patients suffering from severe insomnia, there was a meaningful rise in their endogenous melatonin secretion after they were treated with acupuncture for five weeks two times a week. Recordings of muscular and electrical states during the entire sleeping time revealed that the patients had a deep sleep time, experienced an overall longer sleep time, had less instances of waking up during sleep, and took less time to fall asleep, after being given acupuncture treatments. Fatigue, depression, and anxiety also were relieved although alertness in the morning lowered, as well.
  2. Acupuncture helps boost blood circulation that in turn leads to a better quality of sleep – A study performed by Hecht and colleagues investigated the relationship between insomnia and blood circulation to the brain. They observed that an inadequate flow of blood to the brain tends to result in low blood sugar levels and spontaneous waking from sleep. One other study conducted by Dr. Omura analyzed the relationship between the dysfunctions of various organs to the effects of blood flow to the brain. When blood pressure of < 30mmHg bilaterally in the head was experienced by the test subjects, most of them suffered from sleep disturbances: primarily, but also on occasion, forgetfulness or recent events, concentration difficulties, extreme sleepiness, and certain degrees of irritability. Even with higher or normal arm blood pressure, the subjects can still experience low blood pressure in their head. Certain studies have demonstrated that stimulation of acupoints GB 20 (located between the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius attachments, just below the occipital bone) and St 36 using electro-acupuncture stimulation can help enhance the flow of blood to the brain.
  3. Acupuncture can slow down the effects of aging – The telltale signs of aging including systemic inflammation, edema or fluid retention, erectile dysfunction, insomnia, constipation, irregular and increased heartbeats can appear when the person’s parasympathetic function is weakened. All these factors can in turn result in the common conditions related to aging including, cancer, arteriosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and type-II diabetes among others. The restoration and maintenance of parasympathetic function may slow down the aging process and improve the functions of the internal organs. Acupuncture is able to better the function of the parasympathetic nervous system.
  4. Acupuncture can help alleviate pain – A study done by Meltzer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia analyzed the impact of chronic pain on the sleep patterns of adolescents. What he saw was that there was no difference between the healthy control group and the pain group when it comes to bedtime and total sleep time. However, the group with chronic pain exhibited increased daytime sleepiness symptoms, as well as later wake periods in the morning, increased frequency of night walking, and significantly longer sleep onset latency. It has been proven that acupuncture has a potent analgesic effect that can aid individuals suffering from physical pain to improve their quality of sleep.
  5. Acupuncture is able to resolve insomnia by reducing stress hormones in the body – People who are suffering from chronic stress due to overwork and/or over-thinking tend to have elevated levels of cortisol in their body that causes them to stay alert during the daytime. For people who are under acute stress, or in a state of “fight-or-flight” response, their body produces more norepinephrine and adrenaline (epinephrine). Both these stress hormones affect the quality of sleep profoundly. A team of researchers at the Pennsylvania State University led by Vgontzas analyzed the relationship of the activity of the stress system to chronic insomnia. The team measured the participant’s levels of free growth hormone, norepinephrine, and cortisol in their urine. What they found was that the levels of free cortisol positively correlated with total wake time; the levels of norepinephrine positively correlated with the length of stage 1 sleep but correlated negatively with the length of stage 3 and 4 sleep. The sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal gland branches of the stress system are responsible for the sleep problems in chronic insomnia. When our sleep is light due to stress, we tend to easily and frequently wake up. To help decrease the levels of stress hormones in our body, we can try acupuncture. This type of treatment can help extend our deep sleep time and lessen wake time. It is widely believed that cortisone can affect the way we sleep when we receive a hydrocortisone shot.

Conclusion

Acupuncture can help us maintain proper sleep duration and pattern by balancing our nervous systems and optimizing the metabolism and production of chemicals that dictate how we sleep.

 

Vickery Health & Wellness
18455 Burbank Blvd #306
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 578-6730
http://www.vickeryhealth.com/

05. January 2014 · Comments Off on Insomnia Tests and Diagnosis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The physician typically diagnoses insomnia based on his or her analyses of your physical exam and sleep and medical histories. The physician may request  a sleep study if, for example, the basis for your insomnia is unknown.

Medical History

In order to know the cause of your insomnia, your doctor may ask you a number of questions that may go like these:

  • Are you experiencing a sudden life change like a death of a loved one or a divorce?
  • Do you have a history of psychosis, anxiety or depression?
  • Are you currently on prescription or over-the-counter medicines?
  • Do you suffer from health conditions like or arthritis or have painful injuries?
  • Do you have any current health issues?

Your doctor may likewise ask you questions regarding your leisure or work habits. He or she may want to know about your exercise routines, if you drink alcohol, smoke tobacco or take in caffeine. They may also ask you about any long-distance travels you may have done. Your answers may provide him insights to the cause of your insomnia.

The doctor may also want to know what stresses you and if you have personal problems or if you are starting out on a new job. He can also be interested if any members of your family have sleeping difficulties.

Sleep History

Knowing your sleeping habits is one of the most important factors your doctor may need to know to help him diagnose your sleeping problem. In order to provide your doctor with a good perspective of your problem, you may want to think about the ways to describe your problems. Some of these may be about:

  • How often you have trouble sleeping and when did this sleeping problem begin.
  • The time you go to bed (during weekdays and weekends and/or days off) and the time you wake up in the morning (also during weekdays and weekends and/or days off)
  • The amount of time needed for you to fall asleep, the number of times you wake up at night, and the amount of time needed for you to go back to sleep
  • Whether or not you snore. If, so how loud. If you suddenly wake up gasping for air or feeling out of breath
  • Knowing when you wake up in the morning if you feel refreshed and if you feel tired during daytime
  • Problems keeping awake during daytime and if you often doze off during daytime especially when driving

The doctor may also want to know the possible factors that may be causing or worsening your insomnia. He may ask:

  • What things (like computer or TV) are in your sleeping room that may be distracting you from sleep.
  • What is the temperature, lighting or noise level in your home and in your room especially during your sleep time.
  • What routines you perform before going to bed.
  • If you take medications or drink or eat prior to going to bed and what kind medications, food and drinks are they.
  • Whether you worry about not getting enough sleep, staying asleep or falling asleep

To make the most of your doctor’s visit, own a sleep journal or diary for a couple of weeks or for even just a week. In this journal, list down the time you take naps, wake up, and go to sleep. (You can write, for example, going to bed at 9 p.m., waking up at 3 a.m. and can’t seem, to go back to sleep, short 2 hour rest at 1 P.M, etc.)

Include in you journal how much sleep you get each night, and how whether you feel very sleepy at different times during the day.

Physical Exam

The physician may perform a physical exam on you to exclude other health problems that might cause insomnia. Blood tests may be needed as well to see if you suffer from thyroid problems or other conditions that may cause your sleeping difficulties.

Sleep Study

The doctor can also perform a sleep study on you named a PSG or polysomnogram test if he suspects you have an underlying sleep condition causing your insomnia.

The PSG is often done while you stay for one night at a sleep center. This diagnostic test monitors and lists your blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, muscle activity breathing, heart rate, eye movements and brain electrical activity.

 

Linda Lesperance is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of The Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine in Boca Raton, FL.

 

 

05. December 2013 · Comments Off on Insomnia Prevention · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Sound techniques to prevent insomnia like stopping bad habits, learning how to control stress and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can all play important roles in promoting a good night’s sleep. To combat insomnia and promote relaxation, heed the following advices.

Follow your sleep schedule – Constantly following regular times of sleep and wakefulness can make the body get used to feeling sleepy at the right time of night. If you can, follow the same sleeping time when trying to go to bed and the same waking time when rising up in the morning. Avoid taking naps in the daytime; if you cannot help but take a daytime nap, limit it to about 30 minutes or less and do it in the early afternoon.

Try to avoid staying in bed when you are not sleeping – Try to fight the urge to stay in bed if you have woken up and feel well rested. If you are in bed and need to sleep but cannot, do not just lie in bed for hours doing nothing but watching the clock or staring at the ceiling. If after 15 minutes you still cannot sleep, get out of bed and perform relaxing techniques like reading or meditation until you begin to feel sleepy.

Relax – If you have a sleeping partner, ask him or her to give you a massage or take a warm bath prior to going to bed. Performing nighttime rituals designed to make you sleepy like reading, yoga or soothing music can help you feel relax and sleepy. Acupuncture is also a good option for helping people to relax and sleep.

Create seclusion – Try to transform your sleeping area (bedroom) as contributive to sleep as possible. Transfer your computer or TV to another room. Shut the door in your room when going to keep out outside noise. Turn on your fan to drown out other outside noises. Try to make your bedroom as cozy as possible and shut out the room lights so you can sleep without interruption.

Exercise in the daytime – Perform regular exercises for at least 20 to 30 minutes a day preferably about five hours or more prior to your sleeping time. Exercising on a regular basis will add to the strength and health of your body and help you relax later on enabling you to get a good night’s sleep eventually.

Avoid stimulants at night – Nicotine, alcohol and caffeine are all stimulants that can prevent you from getting sleepy. Caffeinated drinks including soft drinks and coffee should not be taken in the afternoon. Smoking tobacco which contains nicotine can only make it hard for you to fall asleep.

Too much alcohol intake may enable you to sleep but this kind of sleep will not be deep and will not provide you true adequate sleep so instead of feeling refreshed when you wake up in the morning you may likely feel tired and still sleepy.

Avoid eating late-night meals and snacks – Refrain from eating foods that are loaded with saturated fat that may result in indigestion and/or heartburn. These kinds of foods take a while to digest and prevent the body to relax and fall asleep.

Relieve pain – A person in some kind of body pain will always find it hard to sleep. Restless leg syndrome and chronic pain are common conditions that can result in insomnia. You should consult with your doctor regarding any pain you may be feeling. If the doctor recommends pain medication make sure this pain reliever is truly effective for your pain and help you to get some sleep at night.  You need to also know that certain prescription and over-the-counter painkillers can actually prevent you from sleeping at night. A lot of medicines contain caffeine and other kinds of stimulants that can result in insomnia.

Hide the time – You can use your clock to help you wake up in the morning. Other than that its is much better to hide timepieces in your bedroom as it can hold you back to getting back to sleep faster when you wake up at night.

Be aware of the causes of your insomnia – Knowing if another condition is the one causing your sleep problem can help you find the right mode of treatment for your insomnia.  Lots of insomnia cases are the result of a medical condition, mood disorders or stress. You need to confer with your doctor regarding any underlying health issues that may be causing your sleeping difficulty. More often than not when these problems have been addressed, your sleeping habits go back to normal.

 

Brent Keime, LAc, MSTOM
4410 Lamont Street
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 619-800-2287
http://weloveacupuncture.com/