Acupuncture for insomnia is an all natural sleep aid that works for some people but not for everyone. I became familiar with acupuncture after my husband experienced some good results for his hip pain after acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture, acupressure and micro acupuncture are forms of Chinese medicine that embraces the philosophy that our bodies do not work in isolation, but rather as an integrative and dynamic system.
Chinese medicine often combines acupuncture with moxa and herbal formulas to help restore health and well being.
The mind body connection is a big component of Chinese medicine - and we certainly know that the mind and body must work together to experience a restful night's sleep.
There is some research showing some positive benefits of acupuncture on sleep apnea and improving sleep patterns in animals, but little research on the use of acupuncture to treat insomnia.
However, in my search to pursue only natural sleep aids, I thought I would give this procedure a try. Typically, it is not just a one time treatment. I went twice a week for 3 weeks. The number of treatments will vary with each person. Factors such as other health problems and out of pocket costs are also determining factors as to how often you will be treated.
The acupuncturist I used practiced Japanese acupuncture which still embraces most of the Chinese traditional medicine theories and acupuncture points.
My practitioner combined the use of very fine needles with moxibustion. Moxibustion involes the burning the herb called mugwort which is then placed on a slice of ginger. The warm or shall I say, hot herb is placed on different points until the skin turns pink. I was told that this treatment enhances the effectiveness of the acupuncture.
Of course you want to know, did I sleep better? I think so. This is when I should have used a sleep chart to actually monitor when I fell asleep, how many times I awoke in the middle of the night and how many hours I slept.
Remember there is no one remedy or aid that provides a perfect night's sleep but rather a combination of the right kind of exercise, a healthy diet, good relationships, a restful environment and a more relaxed lifestyle.
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