Sleeping issues aren’t rampant only in the United States, and medication isn’t the only solution. It can be beneficial to find out exactly what steps some patients are taking in other countries to overcome their insomnia.
Qigong is a great choice for those who don’t want to risk the side effects of medication. This ancient Chinese art of coordinating breathing with different types of repetitive fluid movements allows energy, or qi, to move through the body. If performed regularly, it may lead to a better mental and physical well-being. Chinese medicine practitioners having been recommending qigong to treat insomnia along with herbal medicine and acupuncture for years.
For more than 10 years Lo Siu-ching of China suffered from severe insomnia. She tried melatonin, counting sheep, drinking a cup of hot milk before bedtime, and several other sleep-inducing methods without success. Although she was against sleeping pills out of fear of addiction, at times she gave in and took them, but she’d always ended up waking up in the middle of the night.
After finding out about qigong classes, Siu-ching signed up in the hopes of remedying her sleep related issues. After 6 months of engaging in the ancient Chinese practice, she finds that she fall asleep much faster and staying asleep longer.
In October 2014, the practice of qigong for insomnia will be studied for the first time by researchers from Hong Kong University with 300 insomnia patients. Some of the patients will undergo qigong classes for 8 weeks with blood tests being before and after each class.
Qigong speeds up the flow of energy and blood circulation, removing blockages caused by insomnia. Other studies have already demonstrated its ability to be successful in patients who suffer from depression. Herbal medicine and acupuncture still remain the first line of treatment prescribed by Chinese doctors, compared to doctors here in the West.
If you are struggling with any type of sleep problems including falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up too early or simply not feeling refreshed upon waking up, speak with a sleep specialist as soon as possible. You don’t always have to make medication your first choice, give qigong a try or try cognitive behavioral therapy and let us know how it works for you!