29 May 2020

Did You Know? Every organ in the body performs recovery, detox and repairs while it is asleep.

“I wake up suddenly at unearthly hours in the night and I can’t get back to sleep!” As you watch the second hand eat away your precious rest time while the rest of the world is asleep, your anxiety rises and stress levels increase at the thought of the long day at work the next day. The vicious cycle keeps you wide awake, and before you know it, the sun is up. Welcome to the world of insomnia. 

Choosing The Bed You Sleep In.

While it’s always easy to reach for the sleeping pill, the bad news is – extended usage may cause dire effects. The dangers have been well documented, ranging from seizures and allergic reactions right up to breathing difficulties, chest pains and more. But the good news is – you have an alternative solution to attain quality sleep in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Don't Lose The Snooze

In TCM philosophy, the body possesses a balance of yin and yang qi. There is a natural rhythm between the two – yang qi dominates during the day to fuel the body’s activities, while yin qi takes the night where it calms and slows down the body’s activities to enable a proper night’s rest. When this balance is disrupted, insomnia occurs. 

Regain The Rest You Need with TCM

When your body wakes up suddenly in the middle of the night, TCM explains that this may be due to disorders in the liver and gall bladder. Through modalities such as acupuncture and acupressure (tui na), the balance can be restored.  

Acupuncture & Acupressure

By inserting fine needles into various acupoints in the body, acupuncture can restore the qi circulation, enabling the body to regain a balance of yin and yang qi. Acupressure massage (tui na) works on the same principles, with a practitioner using his hands instead of needles. Both treatments 

play a critical role in reducing stress and anxiety, which results in a better night’s rest.

Herbal Prescriptions

Apart from acupuncture and acupressure, there are herbs to alleviate insomnia. For example, the sour date seed can nourish the liver and calm the spirits. Through a TCM diagnostic, your TCM physician can prescribe the right set of herbs in that form of a concoction or formula that will aid you in getting the quality rest you need. 

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