Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Insomnia

Earlier this year a study came out linking the use of sleeping pills to a higher risk of death. This is not the kind of adverse result we want to hear about with medications. Luckily, Chinese Medicine provides many solutions to the problem of insomnia.

There are a few herbal formulations that are available to treat insomnia with Chinese Herbs. In fact, any formula that treats your unique condition can help you with insomnia. The most commonly prescribed formula is called Sour Date Seed Decoction. The primary ingredient is “sour date seed” or Suan Zao Ren (no surprise there) which is Ziziphi spinosae seed. This herb nourishes the Liver, the Blood and the Heart to help with sleep.

Acupuncture can also be quite helpful for sleep. There is a point just behind the ear that is called An Mian or “peaceful sleep,” which is commonly used for that very purpose.

Both Herbs and Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, settle the spirit and reduce stress to combat sleeplessness.

Come visit Spring and Autumn Acupuncture, and we’ll see what we can do for your insomnia!