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How acupuncture can help you sleep

Many times, it’s difficult to pinpoint the true cause of a person’s insomnia. Luckily, there’s a treatment for insomnia that can positively affect many of the most common symptoms – acupuncture.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture draws its origins from an ancient Chinese medical philosophy to balance qi and to make sure it flows unhindered within the body. While this belief might not hold up in Western medicine, it’s still a theory that’s impressively close to the truth considering acupuncture’s ability to aid the body in achieving homeostasis.
How many times have you seen a person rub their temples or pinch the bridge of their nose? We all seem to have an instinctual knowledge of pressure points within the body.

You can also find information on certain places to press to achieve things like relieving stress or a headache. These pressure points are places on the body where nerves are more tightly packed together. Acupuncture uses this knowledge to manipulate the nervous system.

Ms. Ting Wang

Member of British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)

Clinician in Neurology department, Heilongjiang University of TCM Hospital

MSc. in Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture), London South Bank University

BSc. in Clinical Discipline of Chinese and Western Integrative, Heilongjiang University of TCM

The benefits of acupuncture

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Directly stimulating the nervous system influences many other systems of the body. It can be an intense experience that improves blood flow while reducing pain and inflammation within the body.

Stress is considered one of the more common causes of insomnia. Acupuncture works to relieve stress and tension by stimulating nerves in such a direct way. It allows the nerves and surrounding muscles to relax afterwards and allows a person to relax their stress in much the same way.

Inserting needles into different parts of the body also signals the brain to begin the production of endorphins. Encephalin and norepinephrine – both produced in an acupuncture session – act as natural painkillers.


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The combination of painkillers and the reduction of tension allows a person to truly relax.

Studies show that acupuncture increases blood flow as well; the combination of a relaxed body and the ability to move blood more effectively gives the body a chance to heal.

All of these things matter when it comes to sleeping more soundly. Stress and pain are very common symptoms of insomnia. However, there’s another major way that acupuncture helps to induce sleep.


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