Insomnia is one of the most troublesome health complaints that someone can have. For most people, a lack of sleep leads to elevated
stress levels, anxiety, perceptual problems, anger management issues, concentration difficulties, and a whole host of other issues.
Because insomnia is so common, I think it might be useful to talk about insomnia from an Oriental medical perspective. From my experience, insomnia is caused
by the nervous system being over-stimulated and not having enough breathing space to be able to calm down to allow sleep to happen.
Oriental medicine calls this hyperactive Yang, or Heat Rising to Disturb the Mind. So how can you fix this in real time?
Treating patients every day is an interesting look into the human condition. When I started my acupuncture schooling, I thought I was getting into medicine, but really, I was getting into a career that would teach me about people. Their struggles,
their pain, their sicknesses were what I would see every day at work. In my first few years as an acupuncturist I was amazed at the things
that people would tell me in our sessions. I was amazed at all the difficult things that people were dealing with in their lives. It was
humbling, and helped me to be more empathetic to the humans that I encountered inside and outside of work.
Q:What can I do about this constipation that I have had for my whole life?
A: Constipation has many forms. There may be fecal impaction, difficulty defecating,
lack of fluids, or other origins and causes. It would be a good idea to consult a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctor to determine
the proper diagnosis. In the meantime, I have the following recommendations:
1. Avoid stress, tension, spicy foods, fried foods, and meat.
2. Start eating more apples, walnuts, figs, spinach, peaches, pears, pine nuts, sesame seeds, azuki beans, apricot kernel, yogurt, beets, cabbage, and honey. Fresh green vegetables are also recommended.
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