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Chinese Medicine Insomnia Theories
People go without sleep constantly. Everyday there is something causing us to lose sleep. Whether it is stress, work, school, or anxiety, insomnia can come about. On top of the already ailing problems, insomnia can cause other health problems. Traditional Chinese medicine has its own way of dealing with insomnia and curing it.
Unlike Western medicine, which believes insomnia is usually caused by something maybe stress, traditional Chinese medicine believes that insomnia is a disease. They, also, see it as imbalance of fundamental substances or major organs. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that when a person suffers from insomnia their Spirit is wandering. The Spirit is housed in major organs such as the liver and heart. When suffering from insomnia these organs become unlined and this causes the Spirit to wander.
Traditional Chinese medical books have many listings of insomnia and what causes it. There are also many different types of insomnia that give variations of why the person is losing sleep. Some of these types are dream-disturbed sleep, difficulty falling asleep, waking up easily, and waking up at the same time each night. One or more major internal organs in the body is the cause of one of these sleep problems.
There are some symptoms that have come to help Chinese doctors, who practice traditional medicine. These symptoms are from one thing, but point to the reasons why the patient is having insomnia. A few of these are, when the heart and kidney are not lined up correctly the person tends to have lightheadedness, weakness in the lower back, palpitations, and gets flushed easily. Spleen/ heart deficiency in people cause them to be forgetful, have poor concentration, and constant worrying.
Chinese doctors observe the kidneys the most when dealing with insomnia problems. The kidneys are the major organs for observing for sleep problems. The kidneys store energy and when they are no longer capable of storing that energy insomnia occurs. It occurs because the excess energy rises up to the heart, which is the spirit. This greatly disturbs the heart and causes the problems.
A few cures for insomnia in traditional Chinese medicine are acupuncture, herbal therapy, and acupressure. Acupuncture has proven to be a wonderful cure for insomnia. However, for those not comfortable letting someone put needles in your body, herbal therapy is very healing. Some common flavors are chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and passion flower. Acupressure or a massage is another alternative. The pressure on your body corrects your energies.
With our obsession with the quick fix in a little pill, we have forgotten to look at our inner workings to find what is wrong with the outer part. Chinese medicine focuses on a natural healing process to deal with insomnia. We should all try to look into this natural process of curing insomnia.
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