The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is now highly regarded in the Western world as well as an alternative to other more traditional medicinal routes. One area where acupuncture is highly revered is its ability to treat sleep disorders. You’d be surprised at the level in which acupuncture can truly improve your sleeping habits.
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A 47-years-old female patient with chronic insomnia lasting 6 months was admitted to the department of traditional Chinese medicine. In the evaluation, she had a history of hypertension since 1986 after the delivery of her baby daughter, and diabetes since August 2005, both treated and controlled with conventional medication. The chief complaint was insomnia, as well as pain and numbness on neck and right superior limb. Her insomnia symptoms included a difficulty in falling asleep with restlessness, waking up almost every hour, no non-restorative sleep lasting 5 to 6 hours and consequent tiredness during day. Her pain was intense, an 8 on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 as no pain and 10 as extreme pain.
The specialists did many different forms of acupuncture on the woman and kept the needles in specific pressure points for 6 days. The patient was instructed to practice 4 simulations daily, each 1 minute and half long. The evaluation and treatment was done every week, for 6 weeks.
The pain in the first week remained intense for the woman. After finishing the first week the patient’s pain decreased to a 6. The second week it decreased to a 4. The third week, to a 3. The fourth week the pain was down to a 2 and after finishing the fifth the pain decreased to 0 on the scale. Six months later, she is still pain free. The numbness disappeared after the first week. Her insomnia became better after the first week of treatment. She was able to fall asleep easily without any sign of restlessness before sleep. After the second week, she was able to fall sleep without difficulties and she didn’t wake up in the middle of the night. After the third week, she could sleep 7 hours straight without waking up and felt no fatigue during the day. To this day, she is able to fall asleep without difficulties during the night and most importantly, stay asleep all night.
This is one of many studies that have been a complete success when it comes to sleep disorders and acupuncture. To find a local acupuncturist near you and learn more about their studies and how they can help, check them out here.
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