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Hope you give acupuncture a try!
Good luck. Yours in health!
Aleksandra Dianova, L.Ac.
It’s not a straightforward answer regarding using acupuncture for insomnia. It really depends on the nature of your insomnia. There are many medical problems that could be contributing to your insomnia, including things like sleep apnea of which needs to be medically assessed and treated first. The list of potential contributions to insomnia is very long. There are many potential treatments for insomnia depending on what is causing it. Sleep hygiene is the base of all treatments.
Acupuncture in general can be complementary in helping with any condition. The key is having a skilled and experienced acupuncturist. It’s also important to discuss with all of your providers the treatments that you are pursuing so that they can be integrated as best as possible.
You are right, acupuncture helps sleep better. There are few reasons that will cause insomnia, such as stress, physical pain, melatonin problems, imbalance of digestive system, and more. Acupuncture helps balance energy to supply sleep and also treat the underlying causes. That is why acupuncture works so well for insomnia.
Hope you can find someone near and help you soon. Enjoy your sleep,
Huan Wen Fang, Lic. Ac.
and/or feng shui advice.
How it works is somewhat more complicated to explain. Chinese medicine encompasses a diagnostic system that is a bit more flexible than conventional medicine's. There are actually multiple root causes for insomnia in the Chinese system and treatment will vary slightly depending on any given patient's exact presentation.
From the perspective of conventional medicine, acupuncture exerts a calming influence on the central nervous system, reduces stress, increases production of endogenous opiates as well as melatonin and promotes blood flow. Basically, we're helping to get a patient in to a super relaxed state which makes sleep come more easily.
The connection between acupuncture and sleep is the same as it would be for any condition. Acupuncture treats the body's imbalances and helps regulate the body so it can function more properly. I cannot go into full detail, because the education is a four-year medical degree and I cannot explain it all here. But what I can tell you is Chinese Medicine sees a variety of reasons for sleep issues - ranging from emotional disturbance, dietary problems, life cycles, habits, thoughts, external weather, and more. To know how to treat the practitioner must assess the individual and create a plan specific for them.
Most acupuncture treatments (even if not for sleep specifically) help a person feel more balanced and in tune with their body's functions, emotional state and just calmer all over - and that alone can help someone sleep.
Go find someone trained well and good luck.