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Acupuncture and insomnia

Posted Nov 21 2011 7:09am

Classical acupuncture tailors treatment to each individual; not just their condition, but their constitution, history, and temperament. Treatments are not generic: they focus on the specifics of each person’s physical and mental states and are broken down into The 74 Channels of Acupuncture.

The channels/treatments are chosen based on the type of condition, the level of severity, and the duration of a condition. Healing takes time and commitment - conditions that are congenital, chronic, or with a long duration naturally require a longer course of treatment than recent, acute conditions. The number and frequency of treatment depends on the individual. Treatment course can also be affected by lifestyle choices or prior medical therapies that may have interfered with the body’s ability to heal and function optimally.

About:  Insomnia is defined in different ways by different people, but for all intensive purposes someone who has insomnia has difficulty sleeping. Insomnia encompasses everything from: difficulty remaining asleep, inability to fall asleep, fitful sleep, and the resulting impaired functioning while awake. Many health care professionals will point out that insomnia is often a symptom of sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorders and can be categorized a number of different ways (primary, secondary, transient, acute, chronic, etc.) depending on the cause and severity of the ailment. For example, chronic insomnia is defined by its length – chronic insomnia lasts for more than one month, while primary insomnia is defined by its cause (or lack thereof)  – primary insomnia cannot be traced to a specific medical, psychiatric, or environmental cause.

Treatment:  Because the cause and severity of insomnia cases vary so widely, recommended treatments can range from medication to behavior therapy to acupuncture and so on. For those interested in a natural treatment approach, acupuncture is a natural fit given its overall calming effect on the human nervous system. Acupuncture practitioners can treat insomnia by clearing nerve and muscle obstructions which help improve energy flow throughout the body. Patients should keep in mind that acupuncture regimens can be highly personalized and the course of treatment will depend greatly on the patient’s pre-existing ailments and the causes of those ailments. 

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