Sleep is one of those things that most of us do not get enough of. We’re constantly busy with work and the responsibilities that life puts in front of us. Then, we try to sneak in a little “me time” so that our life isn’t all about the grind. However, the consequences are that we often sacrifice sleep, steadily wasting energy and impacting our health. Worse, our limited sleep may be of a poor quality, meaning we aren’t feeling as rejuvenated as we otherwise might. The Alternative Health Center of the Woodlands team has many options for improving patients’ sleep. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a few approaches that have been applied to improve sleep for centuries.
How Traditional Chinese Medicine Enhances Sleep
Traditional Chinese Medicine has a history that reaches back thousands of years. This broad range of medical practices resulted in the creation of The Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica in 206 BC. This document is recognized as the first Chinese pharmacopeia and contains many valuable insights and techniques. Many of these approaches are still used in the practice of TCM. The foundation of Chinese Medicine is the harmonious flow of life energy, or Qi, throughout our bodies. While such energy may be in question, the efficacy of certain TCM practices has been proven through science.
Four examples of TCM treatments that can impact the quality of your sleep include:
- Acupuncture – The pain-relieving properties of acupuncture have been used to help patients struggling with a broad range of pain sources. Special needles are inserted in different areas of the patient’s body. These areas are believed to influence the flow of Qi, releasing blockages and restoring natural flow. The result is the relief of a variety of symptoms, including pain.
- Herbal Therapy – TCM supports the use of various herbs known to ease stress and promote healthy, restful sleep.
- Qigong – Meditation and specific body movements are used to help relieve stress. Stress is a primary contributor to poor sleep. These practices can reduce the impact of insomnia.
- Dietary Adjustments – Every medical practice recognizes the importance of a healthy diet in overall health and wellness.
Every individual has specific needs that must be addressed using treatments that suit their lifestyle and medical condition. Our team starts each patient’s care with a full assessment of their emotional health, diet, and physical wellness. Each of these factors can directly impact the quality of sleep the patient can get.
Restore Quality Sleep With Traditional Chinese Medicine
Pursuing an improvement to your health requires a commitment to improving your health and helping you heal. If you’re looking for a way to treat your whole body’s health and wellness through a holistic approach, contact us today. Call our office at (281) 419-9104 or visit us in The Woodlands, TX, today to start your holistic journey to improved sleep.