How Acupuncture Can Help With Insomnia

Acupuncture and Insomnia

Each night millions of people in the U.S. struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. For some this is only a fleeting problem. But for others, insomnia can become a severe, ongoing struggle with a devastating impact on everyday life.

How common is insomnia among adults?

Here are the numbers:
• 30 to 35% have brief symptoms of insomnia.
• 15 to 20% have a short-term insomnia disorder, which lasts less than three months.
• 10% have a chronic insomnia disorder, which occurs at least three times per week for at least three months.

Chronic insomnia robs your body and mind of essential downtime to “rest and digest.” It can increase your risk of depression and high blood pressure and can lower your quality of life.

Common symptoms of insomnia include:
• Fatigue
• Inability to focus or concentrate
• Poor memory
• Mood disturbance
• Daytime sleepiness
• Low motivation or energy
• Increased errors or accidents

Insomnia also can keep you from performing your best at school or work. One study estimated that an employee with insomnia loses approximately eight days of work performance each year. For the entire U.S. workforce, this adds up to an estimated $63 billion in lost work performance due to insomnia each year.[1]

How do we view “insomnia” in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?

An old Chinese quote says that “replenishing health with medicine is not as good as replenishing health with diet, but that replenishing health with sleep is the best treatment of all”[2]. In China, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to assist in recovery from insomnia.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pays a lot of attention to sleep issues and differentiates between trouble falling sleep, difficulty staying asleep (“light sleep”), and having dream-disturbed sleep, as each is related to an imbalance in a different organ system.

How can acupuncture help?

When a Chinese Medical practitioner is gathering information to put together a treatment plan, the pattern of the sleep disturbance will be taken into consideration. Treatment may include 1) acupuncture, first and foremost, 2) herbal medicine, 3) nutrition or a combination of any of them.

In Chinese Medical theory, night time is Yin, while daytime is Yang. Similar to the idea of circadian rhythms, TCM also respects the rhythm of our bodies throughout the day and night. The Chinese meridian clock is divided into 2-hour sections, each corresponding to an organ system that is at its strongest and rules over the function of the body during this time.

After conducting a thorough evaluation and a complete health history, an acupuncturist will use the information gathered to create a unique treatment plan to address your individual needs and concerns. Once they have identified which organ system or line of energy has become unbalanced, this helps them to find the “root” of your symptoms to treat you more effectively.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are a safe and natural way to treat your insomnia. Acupuncture, herbs, meditation, dietary changes and gentle movement may be offered to you. These natural therapies support the body by nourishing and re-balancing and have no side effects.

[1] www.sleepeducation.org

[2] Huang Di Neijing — The Yellow Emporer’s Inner Canon

8 Unusual and Amazing Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncturists are now able to treat more medical conditions than ever before. Here are 8 unusual, yet amazing benefits of acupuncture.

Treat anxiety

Anxiety affects more people today than ever before. Plenty of anxiety disorders like generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety neurosis, and perioperative anxiety can be treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture that is targeted to treat or relief anxiety usually results in reduced medication and a much higher quality of life.

Prevents nausea and vomiting

Acupuncture is used to relieve neck pain and it also reduces symptoms like nausea and vomiting. This is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for pregnant women that want to overcome terrible morning sickness without using medications that can affect the health and development of the unborn child.

Relieve migraines

Patients can reduce the pain in headaches and migraines and reduce the number and severity of migraines and other types of headaches they experience through an acupuncture session. This form of medical treatment is also a lot healthier with fewer side effects than normal medications that are typically prescribed.

Treat arthritis

Arthritis is one of those generic diseases that is incurable, painful and affects millions of people across the globe. The side effect of this painful condition can, however, be treated with acupuncture that is targeted towards muscle relaxation and pain reduction.

Acupuncture may help to cure your cravings

Dealing with hunger cravings is one of the hardest parts of dieting and trying to lose weight. Weight loss and dieting can, however, become a lot easier because you can actually keep hunger cravings at bay with acupuncture.

Reduce heartburn and indigestion

It is strange to think that something like a needle can reduce heartburn and indigestion problems. This method of pain relief is often done by pregnant women that experience digestion issues during their pregnancy, and it can also be beneficial to people who suffer with acid reflux.

Treat insomnia

Insomnia is a condition where a patient finds it hard to fall asleep. Acupuncture can relieve this condition because the sessions boost nocturnal melatonin production in the body. This chemical naturally boosts sleep and the stress or anxiety reduction benefits of acupuncture also contributes to better and more frequent sleep sessions.

Boost energy levels

Plenty of people that enjoy regular acupuncture sessions report that acupuncture boosts energy and drive. Some even experience a boost in energy levels weeks after the treatment.


Acupuncture is tremendously beneficial and there are so many ways in which this ancient medical practice can help you enjoy a much better and higher quality of life. Start skipping out on those harmful chemical loaded medications and switch over to acupuncture for better results with fewer side effects.