Thank you for your interest in seeking TCM to manage your insomnia.
I always tell my insomniac patient that everyone is born with the innate ability to fall asleep, so sleep should happen naturally, just like breathing! Sometimes, what we need is just a little helping hand to tune us back.
In fact, there are many possible reasons such as allergies, indigestion, pain, stress and anxiety which can lead to poor quality of sleep. Mental stress and fatigue makes up majority of the cases I see in practice.
According to TCM, insomnia arises due to imbalances in yin and yang, which is analogous to the circadian rhythm. The sympathetic nervous system a.ka excitatory component (Yang) prepares us for fight and flight in the day, while the parasympathetic nervous system a.k.a relaxing portion helps us to unwind at night.
Due to availability of modern technology, we are now able to work 24/7 and are constantly exposed to large amount of information, which can lead to over-stimulation of the excitatory system and insomnia.
We can only tackle the problem once its underlying cause is found. Hence, a physical consultation is necessary for a diagnosis to be made. Common methods we use include herbal prescription and acupuncture, examples are Rambling powder (逍遥散) and the Bai Hui (百会) acupoint respectively.
In addition, patients are advised to abstain from mental work or using of smartphones at least 1-2 hours before bedtime, have a small and light dinner and to regulate self emotional status.
I hope you find this information useful! Do let me know if you have further question.
Wishing you best of health!