The Treatment of Insomnia with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs


Chief-complaint: Insomnia with early waking for one year.

Western-diagnosis: Insomnia

Medical-history: A 32 year old female has insomnia for one year with insidious onset. Consulted with western doctor and took Melatonin supplement for 10 months, but she still had insomnia if she didn’t take the pills.

Symptoms: The above client can fall to sleep easily but wakes up regularly at around 4am. She found herself easily agitated and always suffer constipation (hard and dry stool).

Pulse: Her pulse is wiry and rapid. Palpation found sensitivity over the right upper abdomen.

Tongue: The tongue body is thin and red, the coating was thin but yellow in color.

CM-diagnosis: Liver Qi stasis turning to heat

Treatment-principle: clear Liver heat and smooth the Liver Qi

Point-prescription: SJ 17 (excellent point for Liver heat in patients who always complaint with insomnia or headache)
PC 6
KI 6

Herb-prescription: Chai hu jia long gu mu li tang (Bupleurum and Dragon Bone Decoction)?????????)

Lifestyle-prescription: Emotional control, also learn deep-breathing exercise. Eat less spicy and deep-fried foods.

Results: 3 treatments of acupuncture and 15 days of the herbal medicine. The client slept well afterward.

  • William Lo
  • Master of Chinese Medicine
  • Atlas Chinese Medicine & Physiotherapy Centre
  • Flat 03 20/F, Righteous Centre, Nathan Road 585, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong
  • (852) 23866388
  • Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Physiotherapy, Pain management
  • Last modified: March 15, 2012   Posted in: Neurological