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Sleep Disorders and TCM



Did you know about 1 in 3 people in the United States suffers from insomnia? Insomnia is a type of sleep disorder that can cause difficulty in falling asleep, staying asleep through the night, or waking up too early in the morning.


Common treatment options for insomnia include medication, herbal supplements, stress reduction techniques, and therapies. Traditional Chinese Medicine often treats insomnia with acupuncture. Acupuncture is used as a non-drug alternative treatment that can provide results with fewer side effects than medications.


Both acupuncture and acupressure have shown to improve sleep quality in individuals. As we've stated in other blog posts, acupuncture helps the body correct imbalances and blocks of "qi", or energy. These restored energy flows are what rebalance your bodily functions back to its proper function. Western medicine studies have also found that acupuncture also helps the body positively affect specific neurotransmitters that are used for sleep:

  • norepinephrine: helps you wake up and stay alert

  • melatonin: helps you fall asleep

  • GABA: helps you fall asleep and stay asleep

Acupuncture treatment also is a holistic treatment that can help target different conditions in your body. Many conditions contribute to insomnia, such as chronic pain, or mood disorders. Some practitioners will want to help treat insomnia by diagnosing its root cause, determining where the sleep problems might be related to. By using acupuncture to treat one condition, it will help treat insomnia as well.


Seeking Treatment

Interested in TCM? UEWM Clinic offers TCM treatments like acupuncture, tuina and herbal medicines. Look at our Specialists's page to learn more.


Read our other blog posts to see what other ailments UEWM Clinic treats and how acupuncture can be a beneficial treatment for you.


Talk to your doctor to see if acupuncture may be a good option for you, or schedule with UEWM Clinic here.



For more information about UEWM Clinic visit our website at www.uewmclinic.com


Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/acupuncture-for-sleep#what-to-expect

https://thesleepdoctor.com/sleep-hygiene/acupuncture-for-sleep/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3156618/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19922248/






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