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Can Acupuncture Help with Sleep Problems?

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Insomnia is one of the world’s most widespread sleep disorders, one that affects people from many different walks of life. But can acupuncture help with sleep problems?

If you or one of your loved ones suffers from this kind of sleep problem then you will be relieved to know that there are ways to treat insomnia without resorting to the use of powerful prescription drugs, which can have many unpleasant side effects. How? 

By drawing on the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine and using acupuncture as an effective treatment of insomnia.

This short guide will explain some of the most common issues surrounding insomnia, how you can find relief and how acupuncture treatments can improve your sleep quality.


What Causes Insomnia?

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Insomnia is a catch-all term that covers many common sleep issues, with various causes and consequences. Symptoms of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep, frequent wake-ups during the night, restless sleep and excessively early morning wake-ups with the inability to get back to sleep.

Persistent insomnia can have a variety of negative health consequences for those who suffer from it, including major impacts to their quality of life. The lack of energy, mood troubles and memory lapses that are commonly reported can be truly demoralizing over time. 

Also, these issues have an effect on everyone in the household, not just the affected person, because they put a strain on relationships and make clear communication more difficult.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, insomnia results from imbalances in the body and mind that disrupt our flow of vital energy (Qi). 


Where Do Imbalances Originate From?

These imbalances can stem from a variety of sources, some of which include:

  • Worries – From a Western perspective, this category covers out what most would consider to be anxiety. Racing thoughts and concerns can undermine the proper function of the spleen, liver and heart, which prevents the flow of Qi and disrupts sleep
  • Anger – Strong emotions, including frustration and resentment, affect the liver, and the disrupted Qi troubles the mind, which can trigger insomnia that includes vivid dreams and nightmares.
  • Burnout – Overworking and a lack of proper rest or chronic stress can weaken kidney function, which affects the heart’s energy balance. These imbalances lead to a restless spirit and disturbed sleep.
  • Shy Gallbladder – People who tend to be shy, fearful or who have trouble making decisions can have underlying energy problems relating to the gallbladder and heart. This disrupted flow can lead to the kind of insomnia associated with waking up too early and being unable to get back to sleep.
  • Poor Diet – Overeating or eating too much unhealthy food upsets the stomach and can throw off the body’s heat and moisture levels, which results in disturbed sleep.
  • Menopause- premenopausal or menopausal women may have night sweats which cause frequent waking up and being unable to fall back to sleep. 

( All the internal organs mentioned above are Traditional Chinese Medicine terminology. They are different from anotomic organs. They are more of a functional combination.) 

In many cases, insomnia results from a combination of two or more of these potential causes, which disrupts the body’s flow of Qi in different ways. 

Fortunately, a targeted treatment of acupuncture in Calgary focuses on the correct acupuncture points, and can help re-establish good Qi and treat insomnia effectively.


Find Out How Acupuncture Can Help With Sleep Problems 


Although many Western doctors are quick to prescribe medications to handle insomnia, people are increasingly skeptical of this approach, as the medications used can have many adverse effects, such as dependency and addiction.

Although it has been common knowledge in Eastern cultures for a long time, Western medical culture now agrees that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for insomnia. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is more than a targeted solution to a specific problem, it takes a holistic approach and seeks to promote Qi flow to promote general well being.

More and more people are now embracing the holistic outlook offered by traditional Oriental approaches and getting great results with acupuncture treatments to help them sleep.

In acupuncture treatments, regulating Qi and its yin and yang manifestations are the key to restoring the body’s proper function. Improved energy balance helps foster good overall health and can reduce or eliminate sleep problems. 

In Western parlance, it is believed that acupuncture can improve the function of certain neurotransmitters that are crucial to the synthesis of melatonin, which can have a regulatory effect on sleep cycles.


Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture Can Help

If you, or someone you know, has been suffering from sleep issues like insomnia, Dr. Hong Yan can help! A registered acupuncturist in Calgary with close to 30 years of experience at providing acupuncture treatments, trust Dr. Yan to help resolve a variety of ailments, including stress-related insomnia.

Acupuncture treatments can help you improve your sleep quality without resorting to sleep-aid drugs. If you are looking out for a natural solution to help get a restful night of sleep, book an acupuncture appointment today!

New Rules: Acupuncture During a Pandemic

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At Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest levels of safe, hygienic, and effective acupuncture.

To help curtail community transmission, we have implemented the following measures:


When Booking an Appointment

When you call to book an appointment,We will ask you a series of questions such as: 

  • “Have you traveled internationally within the last 14 days?”
  • “Have you recently had unprotected close contact with individuals who are a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID 19?”
  • “Are you experiencing any COVID 19 related symptoms?”

Anyone with symptoms of the coronavirus will be asked not to visit us at this time, and we highly recommend you to cancel your appointment if you begin to feel ill prior to your visit. 

In these cases, no late cancellation fees will be charged

We also highly recommend that you visit us on your own unless there are no other alternatives.

Before You Come 

New patients: please fill out the Acupuncture Intake and Consent Form online:

Existing patients: please fill out the Pandemic consent form

After filling out the appropriate form(s), simply click the Submit button, and the forms will be sent to Dr. Yan’s email inbox.


Once You Arrive

Masks or face coverings are mandatory throughout your stay in the clinic. 

We ask that you remove your footwear. Disposable foot coverings are available on your choice. 

Only two people can use the waiting area at a time to conform with recommended physical distancing measures.

Please note, we have temporarily removed all magazines and pamphlets, and have added hand sanitizers at multiple locations. Feel free to use them.


During & After Treatment

When you enter the treatment room, you will be required to wash your hands or apply hand sanitizer. The same rules will be followed by Dr. Yan before we start the session.

Dr. Yan will put on a single-use disinfected surgical gown while performing acupuncture to prevent any possible cross-contamination.

Everything used on the massage table will either go to the laundry or the garbage after a single use.

All the surfaces in the treatment room will be disinfected after each patient.

We will only accept card payment. If you can’t use the tap-to-pay feature, the PIN pad will be disinfected before being handed to you.


Other Reminders

In order to avoid cross-contamination, we stagger our appointments to ensure minimal contact with other patients. As such, please be on time for your appointment. 

We hope all these measures will give you confidence that you can enjoy a safe acupuncture treatment. Should you have suggestions or concerns, please do let us know.

Thank you!


Dr. Yan

Southcentre Acupuncture Clinic

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How Stress Management Acupuncture Can Help You

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Stress from work, home, and personal problems can wear the body and mind down. A solution for this is stress management acupuncture.

It is a natural way to realign your Qi, so you can feel relaxed and take one day at a time. It’s an alternative to prescription pills, such as Valium, and won’t cause any side-effects. 

Here are the many ways stress acupuncture can change your life:

Sleep Deeper and Longer

Few people realize that insomnia involves more than just not sleeping during the night. Insomnia has many symptoms including:

  • Waking up frequently throughout the night
  • Feeling fatigued even after a good night’s sleep
  • Having a lack of focus and making frequent mistakes
  • Not being able to fall asleep 

Stress and worry keep your mind preoccupied, but acupuncture relaxes the body and mind. A certified acupuncturist will set up a calming environment, which adds to the physical benefits of stimulating your acu-points.   

Rebalance Your Mood

Depression is much more than just having the blues or being sad. It is a condition where you are persistently down and feel uninterested in anything. While stress can contribute to depression, there isn’t one cause for it. Our genetic makeup, our family background, work, and education all have an effect on our mood and overall outlook. 

Depression includes other symptoms, such as drastic changes in appetite and feeling hopeless to the point of suicidal. Stress acupuncture will unblock your meridians, thereby rebalancing your body’s flow of energy. 

Think More Clearly

Headache medications often contain acetaminophen, which can add to the pain, as well as cause liver damage if too much is consumed within a certain period of time. Many turn to acupuncture when their usual methods do not suffice. 

Did you know that stress is a big factor to cause headaches? Stress management acupuncture will unblock the energy flow, allowing more blood circulation to the brain, so you can think clearly.

Acupuncture has provided mixed reactions in patients with headaches and migraines. Some say it had no effect on them while others are pain-free. It depends on your genetic makeup and whether or not you attend all of your sessions. Dr. Yan will design a customized schedule, and it’s important for you to speak with her if you encounter any issues.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

If you work a 9-5 job, acupuncture is an effective way to keep yourself healthy, whether you develop negative thoughts about your capabilities or become overanxious with your increasing workload. Stress management acupuncture relaxes you and restores your confidence, so the next time you go to work, you’re ready to tackle your tasks.  

Reduce Your Stress with Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture

Dr. Yan hopes you are keeping yourself healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Please note that the office is closed at the time this blog was written. However, when the lockdown has been called off, we will resume normal working hours, at which point, you can contact us with questions and concerns or book an appointment.