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Title: Acupuncture - an Effective Treatment for Insomnia

Acupuncture an Effective Treatment for Insomnia
  • Dr. Ruth Lever Kidson

How Does Acupuncture Work?
  • Acupuncture is a holistic therapy . . . it treats
    the whole person, not just the symptoms.
  • Acupuncture theory states that Qi - energy or
    life force runs through the body in a series of
    channels or meridians. If the flow of Qi is
    interrupted or becomes imbalanced, illness can
    result. By inserting needles in the right
    places, the acupuncturist can restore the flow of
    Qi to normal.

Yin Yang
  • According to acupuncture theory, everything has a
    yin aspect and a yang aspect, in much the same
    way that everything has a right side and a left
  • Yang is associated with activity and with heat,
    while yin is calm and cool.
  • And, unlike right and left, yin and yang can
    become imbalanced.

The Role of Yin Yang in Sleep
  • In order to be able to sleep, the bodys yang
    energy has to move inwards while the yin energy
  • So things which stimulate the bodys yang (such
    as stress, exercise, spicy foods, alcohol and
    caffeine) can interfere with sleep.
  • Conversely, things which stimulate yin (such as
    soft lighting, gentle music, meditation and
    chamomile herbal preparations) can assist sleep.

The Meridians
  • Each pair of meridians (one on the left side of
    the body and one on the right) is associated with
    one of the organs of the body.
  • Three meridians where an imbalance may spark off
    insomnia are the Heart Meridian, the Spleen
    Meridian and the Liver Meridian as they are
    affected by anxiety (Heart), worry (Spleen) and
    stress (Liver).
  • Qi runs through the meridians in a set order over
    a 24 hour period and the time at which the person
    tends to wake up may give a clue as to which
    meridian needs treatment.

Treating Insomnia with Acupuncture
  • The acupuncturist will diagnose where the
    imbalance lies and will use specific points to
    restore the flow of Qi to normal.
  • Ruth Lever Kidsons book Is Acupuncture Right
    for You? is available from Amazon.
  • For more information on complementary, orthodox
    and self-help methods of treating insomnia go to
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