Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tired of counting sheep??

Are you tired of counting sheep? Tired of waking up not feeling rested?  Tired of tossing and turning all night? Just plain tired?   Acupuncture can help you sleep better!

The quality of our sleep is extremely important because it is an indication of the quality of our Shen or spirit.   Shen is the energy of our emotional being and when it is disrupted it can create physical symptoms such as insomnia. Each meridian is linked to an emotion and too much of any of these emotions can cause a disturbance in our Shen.

Chinese Medicine views insomnia as an imbalance of qi within our liver, heart, kidney and spleen meridians. By looking at the symptoms surrounding insomnia we can determine what meridians are being affected. It is important to remember that all our meridians are connected, so by one being out of balance we can throw off the whole system resulting in other issues. 

The Meridians

The Liver meridian is related to anger and frustration. A disturbance in this meridian can show up as difficulty falling asleep, feeling of heat and agitation, and excessive dreaming.

The spleen meridian is related to worry and obsessive thought. This can show up as not being able to fall asleep and/or waking up at the same time every night. 

The heart meridian is related to anxiety. Difficulty falling asleep and dream disturbed sleep  can result from heart meridian being out of balance. 

The Kidney meridian is related to fear.  Kidney related insomnia may show up as waking up frequently during the night with excessive dreaming and night sweats.

These are just a few examples of how the different imbalances show up.  For a full consultation on your particular situation call and schedule an appointment today!

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