Acupuncture treatment for Insomnia

Everyone suffers from sleeplessness at some time. However when this condition continues as insomnia it can be hugely debilitating, leading on to tiredness, inability to concentrate, mood changes etc. At this time, it can start to impinge on work or relationships creating more stress and anxiety which causes further stress and perpetuates the problem.


Rather than attempting to sedate like western sleeping pills, Chinese medicine seeks to find the cause of the insomnia and treat it from the root. By discerning what the actual problem is, whether that be inability the to fall asleep, restless sleep, nightmares etc, this and other observations allow the practitioner to distinguish how the body has become imbalanced. Appropriate treatment can then be administered.


The treatment of insomnia may often involve looking into various areas of a persons life; diet, exercise, work and home stresses, and constitutional factors can all have an effect on sleep patterns. Lifestyle changes can often have a dramatic effect.


In our clinical experience, many patients experience a good improvement in their sleep pattern even if this was not the condition that treatment was sought for!


Other causes may involve allergic reactions to male sperm or premature ovarian failure. Many cases of infertility will have an unknown western cause.


Chinese treatment for infertility is based not just on these medical terms but on traditional pattern discrimination. The first step is to look at the menstrual cycle and attempt to regulate it. This may involve changing the length or regularity of the cycle, the heaviness of the period, removing period pains or premenstrual symptoms. See the discussion of the menstrual cycle for further explanation. Making these improvements can improve egg quality, fertile mucus and the endometrium which in turn increase the likelyhood of fertilisation and implantation.


In Jie Shen Chinese Acupuncture Center, Dr. Shen pays close attention to every detail of the cycle and by studying the subtle changes in symptoms and temperature we can provide a very targetted treatment. Our aims with each treatment depend on where you are in your cycle and what the body needs to be doing at that time.


Acupuncture and herbal medicine do not have to be an alternative to western medicine. Used in conjunction with medication like Clomid or Metfromin or as in the case of IVF, the chances of conception can increase even further.


Treatment with herbal medicine and acupuncture can be very effective in treating endometriosis for both improving the menstrual cycle and the chances of conceiving.


Stress Related Conditions

In other parts of the world, stress is described as a western disease. With our busy lives, stress now seems an inevitable part of daily life. Whether it be work, personal relationships or even keep up hectic social schedules, there is often very little time to truly relax.


Tension across the shoulders, headaches, short temperedness, insomnia, tiredness, aches and pains, digestive disorders or pmt are all made worse when the body is stressed.


When something stresses us, our qi stagnates. If something annoys us, it makes the body tense. This impedes the free flow of energy, blood and qi and problems occur. When this smooth flow is re-established, we feel relaxed and whatever imbalance was previously caused is restored.


The movement of qi and the ability to relax the body is one of acupuncture’s best attributes. Acupuncture leaves the majority of patients feel “chilled out”, “serene”, “spaced out” or simply very relaxed. For this reason many patients continue to come for acupuncture long after their original complaint has gone.


Stress and Hormone Imbalance

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

How Dr. Shen can help the patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?


Dr. Shen began to treat OCD during her work in First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where she participated in a research project to use Xing-Nao-Kai-Qiao method to treat OCD. The research results demonstrated that Xing-Nao-Kai-Qiao method can successfully treat OCD. Due to its dramatic results on OCD treatment, Xing-Nao-Kai-Qiao had been patented by Chinese Government. During her work in Horizon Family Medical Group and J&S Chinese Acupuncture Clinic Center, Dr. Shen also helped several patients with their OCD via Xing-Nao-Kai-Qiao acupuncture treatment method.


Conditions related to Side Effect of Antidepression

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Acupuncture Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition which has become much more prevalent in recent years. A recent modern condition in western terms, this has been recognized and treated for thousands of years with Chinese Medicine.


Within Chinese medicine this condition refers to a disharmony between the Liver and Spleen. Symptoms commonly associated with this condition include :

  • Worse for Stress
  • Worse after eating particular things
  • Alternating diarrhea and constipation
  • Worse for emotional turmoil
  • Loose stools or hard pebble-like stools
  • Constipation


Since this is a functional problem rather than a structural problem with the digestive tract, acupuncture is a good treatment choice along with appropriate dietary and lifestyle advice.


IBS is known as ‘Liver invading the Spleen’ in Chinese medicine. The function of the Liver is to ensure the smooth circulation of Qi around the body and by doing this it aids all the other organs in their functions. When the Liver is out of balance then it can upset other organs, and in this case the Spleen, (i.e. the digestive system). The Liver is particularly affected by stress, anger, bitterness, frustration, and resentment. Excessive stress and lack of exercise will cause the energy (Qi) of the Liver to stagnate and this in turn will affect other organs. When the liver qi stagnates, this causes constipation and while the spleen qi is weak, this causes diarrhea. It is the disharmony between these two that explains that alternation between constipation and diarrhea.


So why are some people affected and not others? If the digestive system (Spleen in Chinese medicine) is strong then it is still able to function adequately even though the Liver maybe out of balance. In other words, for IBS to occur there needs to be an imbalance in both the Liver and the Spleen (digestive system). Thus, to treat IBS it is important to smooth the flow of the Liver’s energy and to strengthen the digestive process. Along with acupuncture, this will involve eating food which is easier for the body to digest. Often stress is unavoidable but there are ways to help ourselves cope better and the main one is exercise.


IBS is a much used term now for a whole variety of digestive disorders. It seems that it is often given as a diagnosis when nothing else can be found. This means I have seen a large variety of patients with this diagnosis that present with symptoms such as bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation or abdominal pain. Chinese medicine is more refined in this case and distinguish these clearly as differing problems. For this reason acupuncture and Chinese medicine can get good results in treating IBS. It is important to note that with all digestive disorders, appropriate diet and lifestyle changes may be necessary.


Irritable bowel syndrome can be treated effectively with acupuncture, herbal medicine or a combination of both.


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