traditional Chinese medicine

Article Contributor: Donald Saunders

Starting in the mid-twentieth century, western countries started to use Chinese traditional medicine which had been practiced for thousands of years in China. Today this traditional Chinese medicine is considered as a natural treatment for insomnia.

In the 1950’s China began referring to their ancient medicine as traditional Chinese medicine as they were establishing an export business for their time-honored practices and medicines. Today, we have the modern practice of traditional Chinese medicine for treating insomnia naturally.

In modern times, traditional Chinese medicine encompasses more than medicinal products, but also includes herbal preparations and a variety of practices such as acupuncture and massage techniques. The basic principle of Chinese medicine is that the human body functions as the result of a number of interrelated processes which are in constant interaction with our environment. Keeping these human body functions in balance will keep your body healthy. And if these body processes don’t have a copasetic relationship, a person’s health will suffer.

The theory of Yin-Yan and several other philosophies govern the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. The role of five elements (earth, water, fire, wood and metal) and the flow of energy through the meridians of the body plus the interaction between the organs of the body are addressed by Yin-Yan.

The conflict of those who believe in science based western medicine and those who follow traditional Chinese medicine has gone on for many years. Today however, the acceptance of this and other alternative medicines is increasingly being accepted.

For thousands and perhaps millions of insomnia sufferers, herbal remedies such as chamomile, lavender, lemon balm and passion flower have long been known for their medicinal abilities for relieving insomnia. I imagine there are few insomnia sufferers that have not at least attempted a drink of hot honey with lemon balm before retiring for the evening.

Increasingly, people are also turning to acupuncture or for those with a touch of trypanophobia, acupressure to relieve symptoms. Both arts have been practiced for centuries and the principles were born out of the traditional Chinese practice of adjusting the energy within the body by controlling its flow along the meridian lines.

Traditional Chinese medicine has a growing acceptance, but there are still many people in the west that are skeptical. Today, many fortunate people have experienced these medical remedies from the Far East and will certainly vouch for it’s effectiveness. If you suffer from insomnia, I highly recommend seriously considering some of the above-mentioned traditional remedies from China.