Insomnia

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Insomnia Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for insomnia. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "insomnia" is rarely designed with the resulting "insomnia" exclusively in mind.

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "insomnia", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - heart fire, heart qi deficiency, liver and gallbladder damp heat, liver fire, spleen qi deficiency among many other possibilities and/or layered combinations.

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When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. A potential range of underlying factors and approaches for insomnia are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for insomnia - treatment protocols " .

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • EX Huatuojiaji at C2 (Sides of Spine at C2)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    C2 innervates the forehead and the frontal lobe.  The relat…
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at T7 (Sides of Spine at T7)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T7 (Left) innervates the spleen and is an important point f…
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  • HT 4 (Spirit Pathway)
    1.5 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the fl…
    Sudden loss of voice. Restless Zang Disorder (fluctuating …
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  • HT 7 (Spirit Gate)
    At the wrist crease, on the radial side of the flexor carpi…
    Tonify deficiencies of the HT Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang. Emo…
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  • KD 1 (Gushing Spring)
    On sole, in depression with foot in plantar flexion, at the…
    Descends excess from above, useful for LV Yang Rising or LV…
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  • KD 3 (Great Ravine)
    In depression midway between the tip of the medial malleolu…
    Tonify KD Qi, Yin or Yang Deficiencies from any etiology. …
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  • SP 4 (Yellow Emperor)
    In a depression distal and inferior to the base of the 1st …
    Excess pathologies of the ST and Intestines - severe abdomi…
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  • SP 6 (Three Yin Intersection)
    3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleoulus on th…
    Tonify Yin and Blood, all Spleen disorders. Digestive diso…
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  • ST 27 (Great Gigantic)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 5.
    Beneficial for multiple genito-urinary issues in men - impo…
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  • ST 45 (Severe Mouth)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the lateral s…
    Release heat a/or move stagnation from the channel and orga…
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  • UB 15 (Heart Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 11, level with T5.
    Main point for all heart related issues from a TCM perspect…
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    The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches. For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "insomnia", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Insomnia ".

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