Chinese Medicine Insomnia Theories

Published: 13th March 2009
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People go without sleep constantly. Everyday there is something causing us to lose sleep. Whether it is stress, work, school, or anxiety, insomnia can come about. On top of the already ailing problems, insomnia can cause other health problems. Traditional Chinese medicine has its own way of dealing with insomnia and curing it.

Chinese medicine looks at insomnia from a completely different perspective than we do today. Instead of popping a pill to cure lack of sleep, traditional Chinese medicine believes that to cure insomnia you must first look inward to see the true problem. When the major organs of the body are not what they should be, insomnia is often a result. The Spirit is believed to be inside major organs of the body, and when these organs become misaligned it can cause problems.

Traditional Chinese medical books have many listings of insomnia and what causes it. There are also many different types of insomnia that give variations of why the person is losing sleep. Some of these types are dream-disturbed sleep, difficulty falling asleep, waking up easily, and waking up at the same time each night. One or more major organs in the body is the cause of one of these sleep problems.

When Chinese doctors are diagnosing insomnia they tend to look for other symptoms. Whenever the heart and kidney are misaligned, for example, the person will have light headedness, weakness in the lower back, palpitations, and get flushed easily. People with spleen/ heart deficiency are forgetful, have poor concentration, and are constantly worrying.

Insomnia according to traditional Chinese medicine is directly connected to the kidneys. Energy is stored in the kidneys and when this energy can not be stored properly the energy travels. It usually goes upward towards the heart, which is considered the Spirit. Once it reaches the heart, the heart becomes disturbed and this causes the person to lose sleep.

Some cures for insomnia that are used in Chinese medicine are acupuncture, herbal therapy, and acupressure. Acupuncture is the best cure used for insomnia. They take needles and put them at pressure points all over your body. However, if you are not into the idea of needles in your body, herbal therapy is another thing you should try. Some good flavors are chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and passion flower. One other thing to try is acupressure or a massage. It works in the same way as acupressure. Only without the needles. The pressure is used to correct the energy in your body.

Chinese medicine is a natural way of curing insomnia. With the focus on the inner workings of the body and energy flows, it is actually healthier for the person suffering, also. Popping pills to solve anything that ails us has become so common that we forget to be in tune with our bodies. Chinese medicine's natural root is something for everyone to consider.

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