Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and Insomnia

Acupuncture Insomnia

From time to time, most people have nights where they cannot sleep, tossing and turning in frustration, wondering how they arc going to get through the next day. For some people, this is a nightly occurrence, either not being able to get to sleep, or falling asleep but then waking in the early morning hours and not being able to go back to sleep. In addition, insomnia tends to worsen and become chronic as one ages.

The Western medical treatment of insomnia mostlyfocuses on the use of drugs, such as Valium, commonly called tranquilizers by the general public. These drugs have unpleasant side effects. Although they can help one sleep, often make one drowsy, lethargic, and confused the next day. They can be addictive and there is a danger of overdose. If one tries to withdraw from their habitual use, insomnia tends to return with a vengeance.

Happily, there is a safe. centuries old alternative to the use of tranquilizers for insomnia. That alternative is Chinese medicine.

Chinese medicine is the oldest, continually practiced, literate, professional medicine in the world. Practitioners of Chinese medicine use such therapies as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Chinese dietary therapy.
In addition, Chinese have developed a host of low or no cost home therapies which can effectively treat insomnia no matter whether your problem is falling asleep or staying asleep or whether you arc young, middle-aged, or older.

Because Chinese medicine does not simply depend on sedatives & tranquilizers, Chinese medical treatment promotes sound sleep without drowsiness, hangover, addiction, or withdrawal.

How does Chinese medicine work?

Chinese medicine seeks to restore balance to the body. Therefore, the practitioner begins by doing a Chinese medical diagnosis to determine the patient’s individualized pattern of disharmony.

This pattern diagnosis
is made through four basic exam inations:
1) looking at the face, eyes, posture,  and especially the tongue and its coating,
2) listening to the patient’s voice, breathing& manner of expression,
3) questioning about the course and history of the condition as well as about all other bodily functions, and
4) feeling the pulse on both wrists.

Based on the individualized Based on the individualized pattern diagnosis, the practitioner will then craft a personalized treatment plan encompassing all aspects of the patient’s life. In general, all insomnia is due to a relative excess of yang in ·relationship to yin, and the main organs or viscera involved are the Chinese ideas of the heart, liver-gallbladder, spleen, and kidneys. No matter whether your practitioner primarily uses acupuncture or Chi nese medicine or some combination of both, their fOCliS will be on eliminating the root imbalance which is causing your insomnia. Because Chinese medicine does not simply depend on sedatives & tranquilizers, Chinese medical treatment promotes sound sleep without drowsiness, “hangover:’ addiction, or wi thdrawal.

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After a car accident I had serious lower back pain and I couldn’t get any relief.  Lars  acupuncture treatment helped to relieve most of the pain in just a few visits.  I would highly recommend you see Lars if you are in pain!

– Mr. A. Bernhart, Victoria

I visited Lars twice, after 2 separate injuries. I had been very apprehensive to try acupuncture but I reached the point where nothing else was working. Lars is very gentle and explained everything. After each injury, one visit to Lars was all it took to eliminate the pain and get me moving again. Lars is a very talented healer and he’s definitely doing the work he’s meant to be doing.

– L.B., Victoria

I first visited Lars for acupuncture to help with my hot flashes. I was amazed with the rapid results.  Lars is a very caring and capable practitioner, whose dedication to his clients and their wellbeing is apparent in everything he does.  I highly recommend him.

– Marlene, Victoria

I was really having problems with my immune system and I felt like I was constantly sick. I’ve never been someone to take medicine but being sick all the time was just not working for me. So I decided to try another type of medicine and that’s when Lars talked to me about Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Lars told me that acupuncture would help my immune system to get back to full strength and also help my energy flow to get moving, therefore it would make me feel a lot lighter and more awake.I decided to give a try. Now I know that not only does it help my immune system but it makes my body feel happy and I have a lot more energy to get me through the day.

I highly recommend that you try acupuncture with Lars Fenske, he really knows what he’s doing and he loves his job.

– Atzii Hunsberger, Victoria

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As a naturopathic doctor for 17 years, I have had much opportunity to experience different kinds of body work and Ronski’s expertise in my opinion is second to none. I am very grateful for his healing help.

– Dr. Anke Zimmermann, BSc, ND, FCAH, Naturopathic Doctor,

Victoria, BC, Canada