Acupuncture for Insomnia: Sleep and Dreams in Chinese by Hamid Montakab

By Hamid Montakab

Insomnia and comparable sleep problems hindrance 10-40% of the grownup inhabitants or even as much as 25% of youngsters, affecting alertness and reminiscence, inflicting emotional and actual fatigue, and placing the person at elevated probability for melancholy, heart problems, high blood pressure and different healthiness dangers. Acupuncture for Insomnia: Sleep and goals in chinese language Medicine provides a powerful remedy for power and acute sleeplessness utilizing healing techniques from either TCM in addition to classical chinese language medication.

Special Features:

  • Provides complete heritage at the body structure, explanations, and remedy of sleep issues, drawing key parallels among thoughts of Western and chinese language drugs
  • Classifies all acupuncture issues that have an effect on sleep to aid in identifying the main acceptable remedy on your sufferer
  • Offers an in depth research of sleep in chinese language drugs to provide you an entire knowing of the energetics of sleep and wakefulness
  • Analyzes the importance of goals in chinese language drugs and the way goals may be skillfully built-in right into a sufferers therapy

Written from the original point of view of a doctor who's additionally expert in TCM and classical acupuncture, this e-book offers various case examples, and an up to date evaluate of medical reviews on chinese language medication and sleep. it really is a necessary reference for all acupuncture practitioners who offer optimum therapy to sufferers with insomnia, sleep problems, and different sleep pathologies.

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Yin and yang qiao mai regulate variations in the yin and yang rhythms (times). The kidneys, through the chong mai and ren mai, program and regulate the cycles of life (puberty, menopause, and so on), and through the yin and yang wei mai and yin and yang qiao mai regulate not only rhythmic changes (sleep–wake, menstrual cycle, cycle of pregnancy), but also psycho-spiritual transformations. 2). They act to consolidate and regulate the “quantity” of qi in the main channels by: ● Absorbing any excess yang (external heat, or liver yang rising) or any excess yin (damp, phlegm) ● Transferring qi to a deficient channel ● Redistributing qi between different areas in the body: – Front/back: ren mai and du mai (also chong mai) – Exterior/interior: yin and yang wei mai – Upper/lower body: dai mai – Right/left: yin and yang qiao mai – Day/night: yin and yang qiao mai – Regulating the circulation of wei qi: yin and yang qiao mai The role of the eight extraordinary vessels in the regulation of sleep cycles and the impact their disturbance may have on sleep patterns is clear.

The nature of the sleep disturbance can be assessed quite quickly based on this diagnostic approach. Once it has been established that sleep is disturbed in its temporal or spatial structure, that is, in its length or quality, the diagnosis can be confirmed by palpating the xi (cleft) points of the four extraordinary vessels: ● Jiao xin KI-8 on the yin qiao vessel ● Fu yang BL-59 on the yang qiao vessel ● Zhu bin KI-9 on the yin wei vessel ● Yang jiao GB-35 on the yang wei vessel After establishing that the extraordinary vessels are involved, the segment of the night during which the sleep is disturbed will indicate which vessels are involved and hence their associated zang fu: ● Difficulty falling asleep and the person has a clear mind (reads for an hour before falling asleep).

3). 3 Comparison of Western and Eastern physiology of sleep Western medicine Chinese classical medicine Sleep Rest for body and mind Body stillness and mental quietness Physiology Lowered body temperature Wei qi (responsible for surface heat and protection) moving inward Reduced immunity Circadian synchronizers Suprachiasmatic nuclei—pineal gland (melatonin) The eight extraordinary vessels Yin tang and bai hui GV-20 Mental states: EEG activity: Shen activity of the pysche: ● Consciousness ● Beta ● Yi ↔ Earth element ● Alert watchfulness ● Alpha ● Shen ↔ Fire element ● Relaxed watchfulness ● Theta ● Po ↔ Metal element ● Deep sleep ● Delta ● Zhi ↔ Water element ● REM sleep ● Beta ● Hun ↔ Wood element Dreaming Purpose of sleep Purpose of dreaming REM sleep: rapid eye movements Wandering of the hun Loss of muscle tone Wei qi and blood leaving the sinews Erection and female lubrication Blood returning to the liver (liver luo channel) Restoration, anabolism Building up yin, ying qi Immune functions, healing Wei qi returning to the kidney Memory Hun (retrieval of memory) Memory consolidation Hun and zhi Psychosomatic theory Shen leading the qi Premonitory dreams Hun and memory of the future Releasing of repressed emotions Hun releasing retained heat (external pathogens or internal emotions) 29 3 Insomnia In Chapter 2, sleep was defined as a regularly recurring condition of rest for the body and the mind.

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