April Bui Acupuncture
Memorial / Spring Branch
Chinese Medicine Terminology
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. Although Chinese medicine concept can be abstract, this helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
Chinese Medicine Diagnosis:
Sleep disorders are characterized by the inability to fall asleep, waking frequently throughout the night, inability to sleep deeply, respiratory obstruction such as sleep apnea, significant disturbances such as overly active dreams or nightmares, feeling lethargic when wake in the morning. According to Chinese medicine, these imbalances are the result of:
• Qi stagnation of liver, heart, gallbladder
• Yin deficiency of liver, heart, kidney, spleen
• Blood deficiency
• Heat, excess or deficient type
• Excessive phlegm obstructing heart
Acupuncture and herbs are the primary methods used in sleep treatment to:
• Nourish qi, yin, and blood.
• Clear heat and/or phlegm obstruction.
• Unblock energy pathways, guide qi downward, and calm the spirit.
Chinese medicine is quite effective for treating sleep disorders. The course of treatment is six weekly sessions. A maintenance program is necessary to continue supporting the body and energy system.
It is important to avoid sleep aid while undergoing acupuncture treatment for sleep.