Acupuncture for Insomnia
Where are the acupuncture points for insomnia? There are many acupuncture points that can be used for insomnia. A common point used is called “peaceful sleep” (an mian) and is located behind the ear and near the mastoid process.
Good quality sleep is super important for our overall health, mood, and wellbeing. We all know how difficult even just one day can be if we don’t get a good night sleep. Often times, due to emotional stress, we don’t get good sleep when we need it most, like before an important meeting, exam, interview, or even a vacation.
Through the lens of traditional Chinese Medicine, there are many possible patterns that can cause insomnia. In general, insomnia is seen as an imbalance in the body. When your body is in balance, restful sleep comes naturally. From the time-tested 2,000 year old healing tradition of Chinese Medicine, we have several treatment approaches that can help improve your sleep.
Symptoms and Causes
Insomnia is a symptom that can come from a variety of causes:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up in the middle of the night
- Waking up too early
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Restless sleep
- Tossing and turning
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Emotional frustration
- Not enough exercise
- Too much exercise
- Poor diet
- Caffeine dependency
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Hip pain
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Jaw pain
- Headaches / Migraines
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Postpartum Recovery
- Heartburn / acid reflux / GERD
- Poor sleep hygiene
- Frequent travel
- Jet lag
During your first patient visit, your acupuncturist conducts a thorough evaluation of your case based on reviewing your relevant health history and presenting signs and symptoms. Part of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis involves pulse and tongue diagnosis. After this evaluation, your practitioner determines what type of treatment would be best for you.
Your treatment plan will be designed based on your currently presenting signs and symptoms, but also takes into consideration things such as your constitution, lifestyle, and other aspects of your health.
Often we recommend a series of weekly to twice a week treatments for 2 to 4 weeks to work with your body and correct imbalances over time. Herbal medicine and lifestyle recommendations are common parts of the treatment plan.
What’s Our Track Record?
Most patients notice an improvement in their sleep quality within the first 5 visits – some people even fall asleep during their treatment. Over time, and with appropriate lifestyle changes, many clients have been able to significantly improve their sleep. With the services we offer at the clinic, we can help you get deep, restorative sleep.
How Does It Work?
There is no one-size-fits-all type of treatment. Chinese Medicine views each case of insomnia holistically and recognizes that everyone is unique. Your acupuncturist will determine the underlying pattern that is causing your insomnia and will work with you to bring the pattern into balance and help you to get better quality and more consistent sleep.
Acupuncture helps regulate the circadian rhythm of the body to help you get aligned with the natural flow of day and night cycles. Since acupuncture has a regulatory effect on the body, it can be used for hypersomnia (over-sleeping) as well as insomnia. Acupuncture also helps balance the hormonal and nervous systems of the body to promote deep, rejuvenating sleep.
Bodywork & Cupping
Bodywork and cupping work similarly to acupuncture by having a regulatory and harmonizing effect on the hormonal and nervous systems to promote excellent sleep. Bodywork and cupping are extremely relaxing modalities and can help you de-stress and let go of inner tension.
Herbal medicine helps to regulate the underlying issues that are causing less than optimal sleep. There are many causes of insomnia and we can create a custom herbal formula that is tailor fit specifically for you. As the underlying dynamics that caused the insomnia become more balanced, we can adjust the formula to match those changes.
Holistic Health Counseling
During a Holistic Health Counseling we will work with you to discover the causes of your insomnia and assist you with creating sleep hygiene strategies that will help you get consistent rejuvenating sleep.
The Advantage of Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Medications and pharmaceuticals for insomnia can have many unwanted side effects and often only mask the symptoms without getting to the root of the issue. Since acupuncture and herbal medicine are holistic, they deal with the root causes of insomnia as well as treating your symptoms. This gives you the best chance of overcoming insomnia on a sustainable and long-lasting basis.
Treatments We Use to Help with Insomnia
Verify Your Insurance Benefits
We are out-of-network providers with Blue Cross / Carefirst, Cigna, Aetna, and United. Many plans have good out-of-network acupuncture coverage. To find out if your plan includes out-of-network coverage for acupuncture, please fill out our short form to verify your benefits with us. You can also call us with your information at (202) 297-7404. Our staff will usually have your coverage information within 2 business days.
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