Insomnia

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What are the common symptoms and causes?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects up to 35% of adult population, it affects not just your sleep, but your energy, mood and quality of life.

Insomnia symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep

  • Difficulty staying asleep

  • Waking up early

  • Waking up tired or not rested

 

Insomnia may be caused by:

  • Stress

  • Poor sleep habits

  • Hormonal related

  • Mental health disorders

  • Neurological disorders

  • Sleep apnea

How does acupuncture help treat it?

 

Despite the many possible causes of insomnia, from the view of oriental medicine, the cause of insomnia is due to the state of hyperarousal, it may be due to both physical and mental conditions. Acupuncture treatment for insomnia target both the central nervous system(CNS) and autonomic nervous system(ANS), there are researches proven that acupuncture can trigger different effects on the autonomic nervous system, like facilitation of parasympathetic and suppression of sympathetic activities. Its ability to regulate or affect many neurotransmitters and hormonal factors such as the endorphin(natural pain killer), serotonin, norepinephrine, adrenocorticotrophic hormone(ACTH), cortisol, acetylcholine (Ach), melatonin, substance P(anti-inflammatory) and other neuropeptides can play an important role in insomnia treatment and other health concerns.

The acupuncture points  are decided by Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis, whether it's heart qi deficiency, or liver qi stagnation or other Traditional Chinese Medicine syndrome differentiations, the aim of acupuncture is to rebalance the body and mind, to harmonize body as whole.