Due to the increasing complexity and competition in today’s society, we are more prone to health disorders such as, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. At Bliss Acupuncture Wellness Clinic, we encounter people who are prescribed psychiatric drugs such as antidepressants and anxiolytics (anti-anxiety medication), yet fail to see improvements in their conditions.
Aside from short-term side effects, these medications can alter the biochemistry of the brain and are extremely difficult to discontinue. Patients who attempt to discontinue their medications experience disruptions in sleep, digestion, and neurological symptoms such as, tics or tingling sensations throughout the body.
We approach these issues from a totally different perspective. Our comprehensive Stress Healing Program, which it combines the stress relieving benefits of acupuncture and the healing properties of herbs, has helped countless patients overcome suffering. At Bliss Acupuncture Wellness Clinic, our patients enjoy freedom from these discomforts and experience healing benefits that they never thought would be possible.
This is a common illness, which causes us to feel sad and hopeless. It is important to note that depression-induced sadness and hopelessness is very different from naturally occurring feelings due to normal life situations.
Major life events such as, childbirth or a death in the family, that create a lot of stress.
Diseases such as, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer.
Certain medication such as, steroids.
Illegal narcotics and excessive alcohol consumption.
Slower thinking and speech function
Loss of focus, memory, and decisiveness.
Changes in eating and sleeping habits.
Apathy toward things once enjoyed.
Guilt driven thoughts of hopelessness.
Frequent complaints of things that do not cause physical pain.
Insomnia is the inability to obtain an adequate amount of quality sleep. It is when you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or a combination of both. Therefore, people with insomnia do not feel refreshed upon waking up.
Transient insomnia: Lasting from days to weeks, and is caused by changes in the sleep environment, the timing of sleep, severe depression, or stress.
Acute insomnia: The inability to consistently sleep well for a period between 3 weeks to 6 months.
Chronic insomnia: Lasting for years at a time and usually caused by another disorder. Effects vary according to the cause.
Causes of Acute Insomnia
Significant life changes (Marriage, divorce, childbirth, death, job loss, etc.)
Environmental factors (noise, light, hot, cold)
Emotional or physical discomfort
Diseases and disorders such as, hypertension, or anemia.
Causes of Chronic Insomnia
Pain or discomfort at night
Depression and anxiety
Understanding Insomnia through Traditional Korean Medicine
Emotional stress causing Liver Qi stagnation and blazing Liver fire that disturbs the mind. Excessive thinking exhausts the heart blood and Spleen Qi.
Prolonged illness weakens the constitution and exhausts the Kidney Yin, which fails to nourish the Heart Yin.
Qi deficiency of Heart and Gall bladder: A constitutional weakness of both the Heart and Gall bladder may shape a personality that is timid, fearful and indecisive. Sleeping will be light with frequent awakenings during the night accompanied by panic, frightening dreams, and palpitations.
Improper diet turning into food stagnation, phlegm heat in the Stomach, Stomach Qi rebels upwards and phlegm heat harasses the mind.