Insomnia is the general medical term that indicates problems with sleep.
There are many different sleep problems that people experience:
- difficulties in falling asleep
- inability to stay asleep through the night (manifested as frequent waking through the night, or inability to fall asleep after waking up)
- sleep that is non refreshing, feeling that the sleep was not as regenerating as it was expected to be.
The western medical system does not understand the mechanism that leads to Insomnia, but usually assume that the Insomnia is directly affected by imbalance with brain neurotransmitters, mainly Melatonin, Serotonin, their precursor, the Amino Acid Tryptophan, and more.
In western natural medicine we use substances that directly promote sleep, like Valerian, Passion flower, Chamomile, and many more. Alternatively, we use metabolite of Tryptophan, as well as straight Melatonin, and other neurotransmitters that are involved in the process that leads to sleep.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we have a very clear understanding of which processes and condition can lead to disturbed sleep, and how. In TCM, sleep in part of the Heart system. The Heart system is related to emotions and mental functions, as well as other functions. It is common to see imbalances that could lead to problems in the Heart system, which leads to Insomnia.
It is very important to do a very thorough diagnosis process (differentiation), that gives us the exact root cause of Insomnia, for each person.
When we have a specific diagnosis, we can treat the person according to the patient’s specific root problem.
In treatment of Insomnia through TCM, we see a better level of success than in western medical system,
We treat people with Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas, the treatment is not habit forming, or known to cause any side effects, and the treatment is usually long lasting, as it actually treats the problem that lead to the Insomnia, not the Insomnia as a disease.