From time to time, most people have nights when they can’t sleep, tossing and turning, wondering how they are going to get through the next day. The Western medical treatment of insomnia mostly focuses on the use of various tranquilizing drugs, which can have unwanted side-effects. Although they produce sleep, they can leave the users drowsy, lethargic, and confused the next day. They can also be addictive and there is a danger of overdose. If one tries to withdraw from their habitual use, insomnia tends to return with a vengeance.

Chinese medicine seeks to restore balance to the body. Therefore, the practitioner begins by doing chinese medical diagnosis to determine the patient’s pattern of disharmony. Unlike sedatives and tranquilizers, chinese medical treatment promotes sound sleep without drowsiness, addiction, or withdrawal.