Chinese herbs have been used to treat insomnia for centuries!
Insomnia, the inability to fall or stay asleep, is a common problem affecting many people worldwide. While there are numerous conventional treatments available for this condition, many people turn to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to alleviate their symptoms. TCM has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of health problems, including insomnia.
Chinese herbs have been used to treat insomnia for centuries. These herbs work by balancing the body’s energy, known as qi, and promoting relaxation. They can be used alone or in combination with other herbs to create a customized treatment plan for each individual.
Here are some of the most commonly used Chinese herbs for insomnia:
1. Suan Zao Ren: Also known as sour jujube seed, this herb is often used in TCM to treat insomnia caused by anxiety and restlessness. It helps to calm the mind and promote relaxation.
2. Bai Zi Ren: This herb, also known as biota seed, is commonly used to treat insomnia caused by qi deficiency. It nourishes the heart and calms the mind, helping to promote restful sleep.
3. Fu Shen: This herb, also known as poria, is often used in TCM to treat insomnia caused by excessive worry or overthinking. It helps to calm the mind and promote relaxation.
4. He Huan Pi: This herb, also known as mimosa bark, is commonly used to treat insomnia caused by emotional stress. It helps to calm the mind and promote relaxation.
5. Ye Jiao Teng: Also known as polygonum vine, this herb is often used in TCM to treat insomnia caused by restlessness and anxiety. It helps to calm the mind and promote relaxation.
It is important to note that these herbs should be used under the guidance of a licensed TCM practitioner. They may interact with other medications and should not be used by pregnant women or people with certain health conditions.
In addition to Chinese herbs, other TCM therapies can also be used to treat insomnia. These include acupuncture, acupressure, and cupping. These therapies work by stimulating specific points on the body to promote relaxation and balance the body’s energy.
In conclusion, Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to treat insomnia and other health problems. It is important to work with a licensed TCM practitioner to create a customized treatment plan that meets your individual needs.
Written by: Janice Lee, Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist at Healing with Zen in Pasadena, CA
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