Today, anxiety and insomnia have become quite common health issues affecting millions of people throughout the world. Those suffering from insomnia often have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep. Anxiety can be caused by insomnia and vice versa.
However, acupuncture is an ancient holistic health practice, which originates from Traditional Chinese Medicine where trained practitioners stimulate certain points on the human body. Moreover, this healing practice can enhance the main functions of the body and support the self-healing process by stimulating the acupuncture points. In fact, the insertion of fine needles into the skin is the most common method for stimulating the specific body points. Also, there are other acupuncture stimulation techniques, such as: heat therapy, massage, cupping, and topical herbal medicine application.
In addition, acupuncture is an excellent safe and natural technique to fight anxiety and insomnia. Namely, Heart 7 as well as Pericardium 6 are the two powerful acupuncture points commonly used to fight insomnia. Also, there is a strong correlation between these 2 acupuncture points, so that they can effectively promote sleep.
– Heart 7
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this acupuncture point is known as Shenmen, which means Spirit Gate. It is located on the wrist, i.e., at the ulnar end of the writs’ transverse crease.
Acupuncture practitioners usually needle this point from the ulnar side under the ulnar tendon to treat emotional issues, such as anxiety; and sleep disorders, such as insomnia.
– Pericardium 6
This point is also known as Neiguan, which means Inner Gate. Moreover, the two points or gates should open for positive influences from the outside in. It is actually found on the anterior side of the wrist, approximately 2 finger widths from the transverse crease of the wrist, in between the two tendons running up the arm. The stimulation of this point help fight insomnia and calm the Shen. Plus, it can be also stimulated to relieve the symptoms of vomiting and nausea or conditions related to the chest.
So, in case you have trouble falling asleep or experience anxiety, just try to stimulate these 2 powerful acupuncture points.
- Hutchinson, Rainy. ”The Acupuncture Points Functions”;
- Lian, Yu-Lin. ”Pictorial Atlas of Acupuncture: An Illustrated Manual of Acupuncture Points”;