Insomnia-Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

InsomniaWhat is insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder. Thousands of people all over New Zealand live with insomnia. People with insomnia generally find it hard to either fall asleep or/and stay asleep. It basically leads to lethargy, daytime sleepiness and a feeling of being physically and mentally ill. It is mainly categorized into three types-transient insomnia, chronic insomnia and acute insomnia. Although insomnia may affect people at any age, it’s more predominant in adult males and adult females.

Causes of insomnia:
Insomnia is generally caused by physical as well as psychological factors. Often it occurs as a result of excess conditions such as liver fire, heart fire, depression, food stagnation and anxiety disorder. It is also a symptom of deficiency, especially heart yin, blood, or qi deficiency.  an underlying medical condition can cause  chronic insomnia as well. Sometimes, medications are also the cause the sleep disorder. However, transient insomnia can be due to a recent occurrence or an event.

Symptoms of insomnia:
There are many symptoms, which are associated with insomnia. These include difficulty falling asleep during the night, awakening earlier than needed, awakening during night, feeling tired even after a night’s sleep, day time sleepiness or fatigue, depression, irritability or anxiety, poor focus and concentration level, gastrointestinal symptoms and many more.

Who suffers from insomnia?
The people who are more likely to get insomnia than others include the travellers, the drug users, the shift workers with frequent changes in shift timings, young adult students, elderly people, menopausal women, people with mental health disorders and pregnant women.

Treatment options:
Although the treatment options for insomnia varies, in most of the cases people suffering from insomnia respond well to the variations of Emperor’s Tea. The Emperor’s Tea has nourishing sedatives along with the herbs, which clear heat. A number of other Chinese herbal remedies for insomnia are also available in form of patent medications including An Shen Bu Xin Wan and An Mien Pien.

If you suffer from insomnia, lifestyle changes may even help you. Exercise daily, avoid caffeine at night, don’t keep your stomach empty or eat too much when going to bed, don’t smoke and make sure that the environment where you are sleeping is comfortable.

Only go to bed when you feel sleepy. Refrain from reading, TV, worrying in bed or eating, set an alarm for same time every day in the morning and avoid long daytime naps.

Use relaxation techniques like muscle relaxation and meditation.
Receive an acupuncture treatment from a licensed and experienced acupuncturist in your area.
There are many people who rely on prescription sleeping pills, antidepressants and other medications for treating insomnia. However, try to avoid these medical treatments as much as possible.

Chinese Herbal Remedies: The Most Effective Way to Treat Female Infertility

Chinese herbal remedies - Acupoint MedWomen who use Chinese herbal medicine are more likely to conceive within a period of 4 months than those who receive conventional fertility treatments. A study also found out that quality of menstrual cycle, which is a main component in TCM diagnosis, happens to be a vital thing to successful treatment of the female infertility. However, infertility is the inability to get pregnant after a year, even after having regular sexual intercourse without the use of any birth control.

In fact, there is a very long history of using Chinese herbal remedies when it comes to infertility. The records indicate that the herbs that were used for treating miscarriage and infertility date back to 200 A.D., including the mention of the formulas which are used for the same purpose even today.

Alternative Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments have thus become quite popular in the Western countries. The couples have found them out to be very safe and effective. A lot of people in the world are using Chinese herbs regularly for maintaining their good health and that Traditional Chinese Medicine is a classical medicine, which is used regularly outside China.

Why opt for TCM over Western medical fertility drug treatments?

Although health is considered to be the main objective of both conventional medicine and TCM, their concepts of disease and method used for recovering and maintaining good health are quite different. The physicians of Western medicine learn that the disease must be treated by prescribing a medicine or doing surgery whereas the TCM physicians emphasis on curing the patient and not curing the disease. Their main focus is to treat the person keeping in mind the different attributes of the individual, which is responsible for that person’s health condition.

When it comes to infertility of females, the main therapeutic factors in Traditional Chinese Medicine are emphasized on re-establishing the balance as well as lessening the stress level while regulating the hormones as well as menstruation. TCM identifies that a lot of infertility cases actually stem from the problem, which may be functional than being structural. On the other hand, the conventional fertility treatments aren’t only expensive and invasive, but even quite stressful for patients.

After all, fertility management has extensively been studied in Chinese medicine. The doctors in China have actually reported that they have observed about seventy percent success rate while treating infertility with the herbs. Various herbs are always used in treating infertility. Herbal medicine is basically used along with massage, acupuncture, lifestyle modifications and diet for treating infertility.