Author: Dr. Quinte Naturopathic Centre on 21 January 2010
Insomnia is unfortunately a very common affliction of many of our patients. Whether you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, there is no doubt that the lack of sleep negatively affects your body in several ways. Lack of concentration, poor memory, impaired cell regeneration, headaches, dizziness, and so forth are all symptoms that can result from insomnia.
The good news is, insomnia can be successfully treated. Acupuncture, a service offered here by Michelle Durkin, ND, is one method that can be used to get you sleeping again.
Acupuncture increases seratonin levels, which is good because seratonin regulates your sleep cycle. Because the purpose of acupuncture is to facilitate bringing the body back into balance, your hormone levels, including the seratonin, will level out. In addition, seratonin helps decrease anxiety, often a major cause of insomnia.
Treatment. Your acupuncture treatment will be customized according to your individual case and particular sleep issues. Very slender needles are used, inserted at pressure points usually including the inside of the ankle, the inside of your wrist, between your eyebrows, and at the crown of your head. At intervals, your needles will be readjusted to restimulate the nervous system.
Treatments are usually administered twice a week for four to six weeks. Dr. Durkin, or your acupuncturist, may also recommend supplements to take to aid in balancing and regulating your sleep cycle. Some patients may notice a change within the first week, while others may take longer. If you don’t notice anything after four to six weeks, acupuncture may not be the right method for you.
If you suffer with insomnia, know that you don’t have to! You do have options, and acupuncture is one of them. Contact us at the Quinte Naturopathic Centre today to find out which method is right for you.
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