Treating Insomnia with Traditional Chinese Medicine
Sleeping in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective
TCM considers our sleeping cycle as a vibrant and constitutive physiological process with the characteristic postulation of vital energy (qi), yin and yang to explain the sleeping pattern. The vital energy inside the body has a specified route and course to flow daily. The energy cycle governs the sleep-wake cycle in conjunction with yin and yang. The continual daily succession of yin and yang in the nature determines the sleep rhythm in our body. When yang energy is dominant, it helps keep you awake. On the other hand, when yin energy is abundant, it helps you sleep. If the yang energy is not interacting with the yin energy, or the internal yin and yang balance has been disturbed, you may become excessively excited leading to insomnia, which is presented as the inability to obtain sufficient sleep, difficulty falling asleep or being unable to asleep throughout the night.