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Sleep disorder

TCM Treatment Principles for Insomnia

Insomnia is the inability to obtain sufficient sleep, difficulty falling asleep or being unable to asleep throughout the night. This leads to fatigue, low energy, diminished mental alertness and concentration during the daytime. Insomnia is usually due to temporary causes, such as jetlag, illness, stress or drinking too much coffee. When it occurs nearly every night and lasts a month or longer, then you should seek help.


From a TCM viewpoint, insomnia is a manifestation of a shen (spirit) disorder which various internal disharmonies makes the spirit restless and thus creates sleeping problems. During the consultation, physicians will ask about the individual's sleep pattern and degree of daytime fatigue; furthermore, one's lifestyle as well as regular emotional and physical state also needs to be taken into account. Typically, individuals will under go special examination techniques for assessment, and based on the collected clinical information, a subtle pattern of disharmony will be diagnosed and a specific treatment plan devised.

According to TCM experience, difficulty in falling asleep means the body has accumulated heat or fire pathogens; restless sleep means the body has both pathogen accumulation and certain aspects of deficiency; easily arousal from sleep and difficulty falling back to sleep are simply deficiency usually seen in a weakened spleen and heart. When associated with signs like abdominal distension, gastric discomfort, belching and lack of appetite, the insomnia is usually due to spleen and stomach disorders. Heart disorders may also appear with symptoms such as dream-disturbed sleep, dizziness, headache and forgetfulness; frequent fearful awakening, timidity, irritability and sighing are associated with disorders in the liver and gallbladder.

Since TCM regards insomnia as one of the signs of an internal disharmony, the prescribed herbs always aims at resuming harmonious function of the diseased organs, ensuring normal supply of the fundamental substances so as to rebalance the body. The herbs work together to achieve a general regulating effect to the overly active body system, make it shift to more quiet state and prepare for sleep.

At the China Spring Acupuncture & Herb Mecidine Clinic, we offer effective, non-drug solutions to sleeping trouble by addressing the underlying causes. Would you like to get rid of your sleeping trouble naturally once and for all? Would you like to maintain your body to function at its best and enjoy a happier and healthy life? We may have a solution for you.

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