Why Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Relieve Insomnia


In the past two years, Ms. Yin has encountered difficulty falling asleep, gradually worsening from 1-2 hours in the early stages to 3-4 hours. She is also accompanied by depression, irritability, and often feeling weak and tired, with occasional palpitations. After a period of "insomnia combined with depression" treatment, the results have become increasingly unsatisfactory. Especially at the end of last year, Ms. Yin's insomnia worsened after she was infected with COVID-19, and it was not easy to fall asleep. She woke up one or two hours later, and it was difficult to fall asleep again after waking up. In the past two months, at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Insomnia Clinic, Ms. Yin followed the doctor's advice and adjusted her treatment plan to a combination of traditional Chinese and Western medicine for non pharmacological treatment. She adopted a step-by-step plan of "tonifying the kidney and filling the essence, soothing the liver and relieving depression". After two courses of treatment, her sleep time has significantly prolonged, reaching 4-5 hours. Professional matters should be done by professionals. Traditional Chinese Medicine Insomnia Clinic does have "unique skills". According to the individual characteristics of insomniacs, TCM doctors have formulated "four combination therapy": basic therapy+traditional Chinese medicine conditioning+dietotherapy+exercise therapy. Based on the principle of "treating symptoms as soon as possible, and treating root causes as slowly as possible", TCM doctors have focused on core problems, solved outstanding contradictions, and combined syndrome differentiation, disease differentiation, and biased physique differentiation in stages, with cognitive behavior therapy as the basis, individualized treatment of traditional Chinese medicine as the core treatment method, supplemented by acupuncture and moxibustion and physiotherapy, When necessary, use Western medicine for a short period of time or occasionally, along with guidance on individualized diet and exercise. Pay attention to emotional regulation and mood adjustment, accurately judge and analyze the patient's psychological state, and provide appropriate psychological counseling, thereby achieving physical and mental harmony, improving sleep conditions, and improving quality of life. In the four months since the establishment of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Insomnia Clinic, more than 80% of the insomnia patients treated by Shibei Hospital are middle-aged and elderly friends, with an increasing number of patients coming from surrounding areas such as Putuo District and Baoshan District. After traditional Chinese medicine treatment, most people's sleep quality has improved, and some insomnia patients have reduced the dosage or frequency of Western medicine. Some even stop using Western medicine and can fall asleep peacefully. Insomnia is not exclusive to the elderly, and there is also an increasing trend among middle-aged and adolescent insomnia patients. Although insomnia is not a critical illness, it has become a prominent problem that seriously threatens public health due to the large number of patients and their impact on people's normal life, work, and learning. Good sleep not only eliminates fatigue, restores physical strength, protects the brain, consolidates memory, but also plays a crucial role in maintaining mental health and improving immunity. To achieve high-quality sleep, it is first necessary to establish a regular sleep schedule, which helps to form a natural sleep rhythm. Secondly, create a comfortable sleep environment that is free from silent light interference. Try to relax your body and mind half an hour before going to bed to reduce stress and tension. Moderate exercise during the day can make it easier for the body to enter a state of sleep at night, avoid consuming large amounts of food and alcohol during dinner, try to avoid consuming coffee, strong tea, and other stimulating substances, and avoid engaging in more intense exercise 3-4 hours before bedtime. When sleep efficiency decreases, it is recommended to wake up to read or do some relaxing things, and not overly anxious to fall asleep immediately. (Outlook New Era Network)

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