Difficulty sleeping is one of the most painful experiences in life; without regular, restorative sleep, our bodies are forced to work harder, under compromised conditions, and the results can be horrendous. Not getting enough rest has been linked to a host of serious health problems, from high blood pressure to heart disease, asthma to inflammation, the list seems to be endless. Indeed, lack of sleep weakens the immune system and decreases energy which leads to anxiety, depression and daytime sleepiness. Because lack of sleep affects almost every facet of daily life, humans have set store by solving it; unfortunately, it is not as simple as that. Primary insomnia has no identifiable underlying cause while secondary insomnia is a symptom of another condition. So successfuly treating insomnia depends on first having an accurate diagnosis and secondly selecting the righ treatment. Acupuncture is one of these treatments that shows great efficacy without the side effects that sleeping pills and other treatments have become infamous for.
Acupuncture is an alternative therapy for insomnia in that it uses needles to stimulate points along given energy meridians. Our education is grounded in the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been treating insomnia in this manner for millenia; indeed, many western medicine practitioners are now recommending acupuncture as a natural sleep aid. Here is how it works:
Indeed, acupuncture can have a dramatic effect on sleep quality and quantity. If you are interested in finding out more, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.