Many people are facing countless sleepless nights due to insomnia. Traditional Chinese Medicine sees insomnia as an imbalance of functions. Many factors produce stagnation of Qi, this stagnation of Qi travels as fire to the heart Zang, which is also the repository of the mind and spirit. The damage done by that result in insomnia and sleep disorders.
Acupuncture works by balancing the energy in the body, period. Today’s stresses in life affect our adrenal system and hormone balance that can interfere with sleep and other important healing processes. If you are having trouble, chances are your body is fighting for its life. The life force, known as Qi nourished your body like a river nourishes the vegetation in the valley. When it becomes blocked it can no longer flow and nourish the cells, tissues, and organs of your body. Acupuncture can stimulate the blocked areas and restore the flow of your vital force to your body.
Acupuncture is known to regulate the Autonomic Nervous System, which is the part of your nervous system that runs your internal organs. The two kinds of modes are sympathetic and parasympathetic. When your body is activated into sympathetic, it becomes impossible to rest because of the adrenaline and cortisol pumping throughout the body as well as blood pressure, heart rate and breathing changes happening. Acupuncture has the effect of bringing your body into parasympathetic mode quickly and efficiently.
Dr. Piana will effectively use acupuncture by determining different combinations of meridians points specific to the patients’ individual body. Each person’s body is considered different and unique, therefore each person’s Qi and points on their meridians will vary.
You may elect to start with a simple 4 point balancing that can rebalance your body weekly. You may choose a more elaborate treatment in the beginning and identify under live thermography where your pathways are blocked. A few minutes of treatment can make a large difference in your life.
We recommend starting out with a series of 10 full sessions and then weekly four point balancing.
Insomnia symptoms may include
- Difficulty falling asleep at night
- Awakening during the night
- Awakening too early
- Not feeling well rested after a night’s sleep
- Daytime tiredness or sleepiness
- Irritability, depression or anxiety
- Difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering
- Increased errors or accidents
- Tension headaches
- Distress in the stomach and intestines (gastrointestinal tract)
- Ongoing worries about sleep
Tips for helping Insomnia
- Receive regular acupuncture treatments and ask your doctor about any herbal formulas for specific sleep patterns of insomnia.
- Avoid TV or electronics one-two hours before trying to go to bed. These have a high stimulating effect on the brain.
- Avoid substances such as sugar, caffeine and alcohol prior to bedtime.
- Low or High blood sugar has believed to lead to waking up in the middle of the night
- Eat your last meal two-three hours before going to sleep so digestion is complete
- Exercise daily, even a 30 minute walk is great
- Try to have a routine bedtime