Problems with sleep is a common complaint from people seeking
acupuncture right now. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives, with many of us facing challenges that are overwhelming and stressful. This highlights the burden the pandemic has placed on our physical as well as mental health.
Having a good night's sleep is an essential function allowing our mind and body to rest and recharge.
Sleep helps with:
Lowering blood pressure
Putting you in a better mood
Keeping your heart healthy
If you are experiencing sleep issues and prefer not to take sleeping aids why not consider acupuncture. The World Health Organisation acknowledges that acupuncture is an effective treatment for insomnia.
From a Chinese medicine perspective, sleep issues are usually related to disharmony of the Heart, Spleen, Stomach, Liver and Kidneys. An acupuncture treatment for insomnia aims to harmonise the key internal organs, which calms the mind and relieves insomnia.
In one of two recent investigations at the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, researchers tested two acupuncture insomnia treatment protocols. One protocol, called Tiao Shen, achieved a 93.3% total effective rate for the treatment of insomnia. The second treatment protocol, a standardised form of body style acupuncture, achieved a 73.3% total effective rate.
Both of the above protocols included acupuncture point Anmīan. Widely used by acupuncturists Anmīan which translates into “Peaceful Sleep”is one of our go-to points to treat sleep issues.
To locate Anmīan place a finger behind each earlobe, and move your fingers just behind the bony protrusion. Using your finger or thumb apply
light pressure in circular movements slightly upward under the skull, circling 100 times. The area can be quite tender with a deep aching feeling, bear with this sensation as you will soon have a feeling of relaxation.
Image drawing taken from A Manual of Acupunture - Peter Deadman and Mazin Al-Khafaji with Kevin Baker