Both physically and mentally, we need sleep for health restoration. As well as feeling tired after a sleepless night, long periods of poor sleep can predispose us to illness.
In Chinese Medicine, the amount and quality of sleep depends on the state of Mind and rooted in the Heart. A healthy Heart keeps the Mind grounded and a healthy Mind nourishes the Heart.
Following are some factors that could be affecting the state of your Mind and the well-being of your Heart, which in turn, affects your sleep;
A lifestyle of an IRREGULAR DIET in addition to MENTAL OVERWORK & EXCESSIVE SEXUAL ACTIVITY drains Kidney essence, disturbing the Heart and making it hard to sleep.
Feelings of ANGER, FRUSTRATION & IRRITABILITY affect the Liver sending the Mind and nervous system into overdrive.
The Heart & Spleen become exhausted by WORRY leading to Qi and Blood deficiency. Fatigue, racing thoughts, fast heart rate or palpitations result in light sleeping or the inability to sleep at all.
These hyper arousal symptoms of both being wired & tired from sleeping difficulties are good indications of imbalances in the nervous system, therefore, affecting healthy functioning of the Heart and Mind.
Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system by causing the release of messenger molecules such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, and GABA, which alter the brain’s mood chemistry in helping to increase relaxation and reduce tension.
By deactivating the analytical mind, the resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s harmony promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture for Insomnia is considered to be an effective therapeutic option without adverse reactions and yet, can be safely combined with conventional medicines by enhancing their beneficial effects and reducing their side effects.
In summary, Acupuncture positively affects the nervous system by promoting a relaxed state of Mind and calming the Heart in order to regulate quality sleep and health maintenance.
Tina Taylor R.TCM.P, R.Ac