Acupuncture & Naturopathic Medicine Can Cure Insomnia
In part 1 of this article we discussed the rampant problem of poor sleep and insomnia and I gave away 3 of our favorite secrets for fixing sleep problems. The first 3 techniques were really things that you the sleeper can do to get things back on track. Now, let’s talk about what we do in our Phoenix clinic using Acupuncture and Naturopathic approaches to solve sleep problems.
3. Have a Heart
In a previous blog post I talked about how every Acupuncture Meridian is responsible for different aspects of our health. The same is true with regards to sleep. Although many different meridians will have some bearing on sleep quality, the main regulator of sleep in the meridian system is the Heart Meridian.
Many people who suffer with insomnia will ply themselves with all sorts of sedative medications from Benadryl to Ambien in attempts to knock themselves unconscious. What many of them are suprised to learn, is that sleep is actually not just a process of konking out; it takes energy to fall asleep and remain asleep!
When I conduct an Oriental Pulse Diagnosis session on a new insomnia patient at Solutions it’s not uncommon to find an overt weakness in the Heart Meridian. When the Heart Meridian is weak, sleep is disturbed. You see, sleep is actually an active process whereby the Heart Meridian is anchoring the body in somnalance. It’s like the Heart Meridian is creating a cacoon of rest that buffers the body from external stimuli and allows it to mantain this altered state of consciousness that we call sleep.
Without enough Heart Meridian energy sleep is often hard to find and very easily disturbed.
Once we identify the particular nature of the Heart Meridian imbalance we can use Balance Method Acupuncture to correct the problem and restore the patient’s ability to enjoy restful sleep.
4. Urine for a Big Suprise!
One of our trade secrets at Solutions Acupuncture & Naturopathic Medicine for solving sleep issues is conducting a little known laboratory test known as a urinary neurotransmitter assay. With this test, the metabolites of the different chemicals at work in the nervous sytem can be measured as they exit the body through the urine. So, your urine can tell you about what kind of brain chemistry you’ve got going on in your head? – pee-cicesly!
The results of this testing show us the relative levels of stimulatory versus inhibitatory nerotransmitters at work in the body. Too much stimulatory or too little inhibatory nervous system signalling can make a person feel stressed, amped and unable to sleep. Once we identify which neurotransmitter levels are out of balance, we can use targeted nutraceuticals to correct the issue without the side-effects of conventional pharmaceutical interventions.
Putting It All Together
When we combine the 5 strategies of The Solutions Acupuncture Insomnia Cure, great things happen. The magic of this system is that it combines patient empowerment with cutting edge natural medicine. It’s a winning formula for making radical changes in one’s sleep and overall health.