At the follow-up acupuncture appointments, the two of the most common feedback coments I get from the people I treat are: "I slept so well" and "I felt so much more relaxed" ... All it takes is about 20 minutes and just a few needles - that's it. No pills, no chemicals.
And ... no lung cancer in the "possible side-effects" list ... Unlike the sedatives and sleeping pills that are taken by 1 in 10 people in the UK ... Here, the Daily Mail reports on the 20-year long study into the safety sleeping pills, which is though to be one of the largest to date. The association with lung cancer is indeed a worrying one.
"Acupuncture appears to be effective in the treatment of insomnia."
As always, during acupuncture consultation each patient is asked about their own unique sleeplessness "pattern" - here, Alyssa Giacobbe writes about hers and how she achieved relief from insomnia with the help of acupuncture. For an acupuncturist, when you wake up is just as important as why. And what stops you falling asleep matters as much as how well you sleep when you do finally drift off. Your practitioner will be looking for imbalances in the body's organ systems, flow of Qi in the meridians and the best ways to restore them.
Do you suffer from sleep problems? Have you tried acupucnture? How do you currently manage your insomnia?