Written by Lexie Bennetts, Licensed Acupuncturist, Calm Spirit Acupuncture and Massage.
With Insomnia we look for imbalance patterns like with any ailment we treat in Chinese Medicine. Some of the most common insomnia imbalances we see are Blood and Yin deficiency, Liver Stagnation, and Heat. These imbalances present symptoms such as; waking up at specific times of night, 1-3am is Liver time, taking a long time to fall asleep, waking up hot or with night sweats through the night, waking with palpitations, over thinking or a racing mind among other symptoms.
Hearing about the patient’s specific sleep issues and other aspects of their health; i.e. how is their digestion, energy level, emotional balance, how excretions go and look, any type of pain any where, any issues with ears, eyes, nose, or mouth/throat give us clues where their system is out of balance. Then we look at their tongue color, coating, and shape and under side and we take their pulse as possibly another indication where this person needs help.
After finding where the patient is out of balance, we give acupuncture to help correct these issues and we may recommend Chinese herbs as well. We also often give patients pointers with their diet and life style that might help correct their sleep patterns.
Our life is a constant balancing act. In Chinese Medicine, when there is too much heat we cool it down, too much cold we warm it up, too damp we dry it out, too dry we moisten… Health is all about staying balanced for longevity!