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Natural Medicine for Insomnia and Sleep Problems

100% natural, gentle and research based treatment that gets to the root cause of insomnia and sleep problems.

Gentle, effective and unique natural medicine, that works well for all types of insomnia and sleep problems, including:

Acute Insomnia

Chronic Insomnia

Comorbid Insomnia

Onset Insomnia

Maintenance Insomnia

Hormonal Insomnia

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

Childhood Insomnia

Idiopathic Insomnia

Why this treatment process works so well for insomnia and sleep problems:

There is nothing quite like a good nights sleep! We know what it feels like to have a deeply restful sleep, and often we find that doesn’t happen. Sometimes this is a short term problem, and for some people it is a life long struggle. Sleep disorders and sleep problems have negative effects on our capacity to function in our daily lives. If chronic, then sleep problems can lead to symptoms of depression, can worsen pain conditions, and can negatively affect our overall health.

There are not many options for helping improve our sleep when it becomes unbalanced and out of it’s cycle. Sleeping pills can help, but they tend to induce a type of sleep that often isn’t restful.

Having Acupuncture has been shown to regulate hormones and neurotransmitters which are the chemicals in our bodies that govern and regulate many body processes, including our sleep patterns and circadian rhythm.

The system of diagnosis and treatment for sleep problems I use involves getting to the root cause of the sleep problem. The cause of sleep problems is different for each person. For example, sleep problems for children or teenagers have different causes than sleep problems for older adults. The aim of treatment is to understand those specific causes and to remedy them. By understanding and then working on the root causes that are specific to your sleep problems, we can have a much greater effect that a generic type of treatment that isn’t specific to you. 

Diagnosis and treatment is specific to you and your particular sleep problem. A person that finds it hard to get to sleep will have a different treatment to someone that gets to sleep easily, but wakes up between 1am and 3am and stays awake for a while. Other factors such as age and medical history will also affect the specifics of your diagnosis and treatment.

Here's how it works:

Root Cause Assessment

First we assess your situation to determine the root cause of your insomnia. Often the actual problem is not “in your head” as you may have already surmised. There can be hormonal, immune, environmental, structural even emotional roots to your sleep problems and I’ll be sure to listen carefully to you to figure this out.

Treatment Plan

Next, we come up with a clear, concise, and focused treatment plan to address the cause and symptoms of your insomnia. This may also include working on other symptoms you might have too (such as mood imbalances, mental fatigue, pain or digestive problems). Your treatment plan will be based around acupuncture treatments, but may also include relaxation exercises, dietary and lifestyle suggestions. All of this is very clearly spelled out and is non-overwhelming.

Deep relaxation

We’ll do acupuncture sessions to develop deep relaxation in your body and mind. By doing this we are helping your system to reset and to find it's natural hormonal and therefore circadian rhythms again. These will start as treatments close together, to quickly harmonise your system, followed by treatments at further intervals as your sleep improves.

Ensure Lasting Results

Our goal is to stabilise good sleep. This is entirely possible by us following these steps (I have helped others achieve this). To consolidate the progress made in the first phase of treatment, we will continue treatments, gradually spacing them out, until your body is stable in its natural day/night rhythm.

Common Questions and Answers

The subtle nature of the endocrine and neuromuscular systems responds very well to the gentle and supportive system of diagnosis and treatment that I use.  In fact, in my opinion most functional health issues are much better suited to this form of therapy than more forceful techniques like pharmaceuticals or surgery, which are better suited to structural or more life threatening conditions.

The great thing about our medicine is that we find the root cause of the problem and once it is addressed you no longer depend on our treatment.

Acupuncture has been practiced safely for centuries and in the hands of an experienced practitioner, it is virtually risk-free. All needles are single use only. 

Everybody is different and the time prognosis varies. However, most of our patients start to feel improvement soon after their first couple of visits. 

The vast majority of patients who follow our treatment plan and complete their course of acupuncture visits report improvement in their symptoms. Even those who have had sleep problems for many years, and have tried many types of treatment or medication.

Because your situation is unique and once I meet with you I will be able to give you my best estimate of time and prognosis of outcome. 

Most of my patients report feeling mild sensations at the start of each treatment, followed by a sense of relaxation, peacefulness,  pain reduction and well being. This is because Acupuncture gently encourages endorphin release and homeostasis of your neuromuscular system.

I have been in practice full time since the completion of my degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine since 2006. Since then I have performed a large number of treatments, for a large variety of health problems. I continually develop my clinical skills with a range of international teachers, in various Acupuncture systems and modalities. Because of my training and continuing professional development I have membership to The British Acupuncture Council. 

Research into Acupuncture for Insomnia

Efficacy of Acupuncture for Primary Insomnia: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

"Verum acupuncture appeared to be more effective in increasing sleep quality and daytime functioning than sham acupuncture and estazolam."

Acupuncture Improves Peri-menopausal Insomnia: A Randomized Controlled Trial

"Acupuncture can contribute to a clinically relevant improvement in the short-term treatment of PMI, both subjectively and objectively."

Acupuncture helps war veterans sleep better.

"Acupuncture produces significant improvements in both subjective and objective sleep parameters for veterans."

Before starting treatment, I do a pre-treatment consultation. Click below to learn more:

Or just call 07713 642514, and I will be happy to answer your questions.

* Results may vary according to your individual health, medical history and lifestyle. While I do my best to give you the best results possible, I do not offer or claim a guaranteed outcome. Read more here ->