By Hamid Montakab
Insomnia and similar sleep issues obstacle 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 threat for melancholy, heart problems, high blood pressure and different overall healthiness dangers. Acupuncture for Insomnia: Sleep and desires in chinese language Medicine provides a powerful remedy for power and acute sleeplessness utilizing healing suggestions from either TCM in addition to classical chinese language medication.
- Provides complete history at the body structure, explanations, and remedy of sleep issues, drawing key parallels among thoughts of Western and chinese language medication
- Classifies all acupuncture issues that impact sleep to aid in making a choice on the main applicable therapy in your sufferer
- Offers an in depth research of sleep in chinese language drugs to offer you a whole knowing of the energetics of sleep and wakefulness
- Analyzes the importance of goals in chinese language medication and the way desires might be skillfully built-in right into a sufferers therapy
Written from the original standpoint of a doctor who's additionally proficient in TCM and classical acupuncture, this publication offers a variety of case examples, and an updated assessment of clinical reports on chinese language medication and sleep. it's a vital reference for all acupuncture practitioners who offer optimum therapy to sufferers with insomnia, sleep problems, and different sleep pathologies.
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Additional resources for Acupuncture for Insomnia: Sleep and Dreams in Chinese Medicine
These are classified as: ● Calm insomnia: zao (agitation) involving heart blood, with mental activity (mental agitation) ● Restlessness: fan (vexation), involving liver blood, with muscular restlessness SP-ST HT-SI E A R T H The heart, the seat of shen, which defines our connections or interpersonal encounters LR-GB LU-LI Physical (somatic) level KI-BL Fig. 9 Man’s three planes of existence: the physical, or somatic level, the emotional level, and the mental–spiritual level. 1 Mental states and activity of the psyche by Hervé de Coux (La Peur et le Rêve 1991) Mental state EEG activity Element Psychic activity Consciousness Beta Earth Yi Alert watchfulness Alpha Fire Shen Relaxed watchfulness, drowsiness Theta Metal Po Deep sleep Delta Water Zhi Wood Hun Paradoxical sleep, Beta REM sleep to Master Yuen, the three organs involved in consciousness are: ● The spleen, which houses yi, and represents our boundary and contact with the world ● The liver, which houses the hun, and is responsible for our interaction with the world In cases of blood vacuity where the blood cannot contain shen and hun, there will in addition be easy and frequent waking, and dream-disturbed sleep.
The third stage, in which the liver interacts with the kidneys, inducing deep sleep, as in concentration without distraction (any disturbance in this stage would cause restless sleep). ● Finally, the liver interacts with the heart or pericardium, inducing rejuvenation and regeneration through liberation or redemption from one’s predetermined course or ming, via the processing that takes place through dreams. This interaction between the liver and pericardium allows for lucid dreaming or vivid awareness during the dream state in order to: ● Bear witness to, or at least to prepare oneself to observe, the events of the past and future (the role of the hun) and to observe our reactions to these events (the role of the pericardium) ● Eventually, achieve the goal of the practice of lucid dreaming, which is to consciously place oneself in a challenging situation and to develop solutions or resolutions 21 22 2 Sleep in Chinese Medicine Master Yuen further compares the sleep stages to processes involved in meditation: N1: Drowsiness, falling asleep Relaxation (physical and mental) N2: Superficial sleep, maintaining sleep Concentration (no external distraction) N3: Deep sleep Meditation (complete inner stillness) REM sleep: Dreaming Levitation (detachment of spirit) Sleep and the Fu As it moves inward and passes through que pen (ST-12), the chest, and the diaphragm, wei qi will descend to the fu (bowels).
In the Daoist tradition, sleep is a preparation for death, and restless sleep forebodes a restless death: Wei qi Ying qi Yuan qi Jing jin (sinew channels) = process of relaxation Luo mai (connecting channels) = PC luo / KI luo SP great luo / GV luo / CV luo Jing bie (divergent channels) Fig. 5 The inward movement of wei qi and the collateral channels. solutions or resolutions. In the absence of any emotional issues to process, wei qi moves back to the primary channels. Sleep is then restful and one wakes up rested and rejuvenated.
Acupuncture for Insomnia: Sleep and Dreams in Chinese Medicine by Hamid Montakab