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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter  Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2014-10b
Say Goodbye to Sleepless Nights

You settle into a warm, comfortable bed, close your eyes and nothing happens, you just can't fall asleep. Hours go by and still you're awake. The next day you feel tired, grouchy, and are unable to focus. Does this sound familiar?

Sleepless nights happen to almost everyone at some time, but ongoing insomnia can indicate a deeper issue and could lead to further health concerns. Unfortunately, a common approach to treating insomnia includes prescription sleeping medications, which can cause side effects or even dependence. That's one of the many reasons to consider an all-natural approach to treating your sleep problems. Acupuncture can be a very effective way to improve your sleep quality without side effects.  

One bad night...or an ongoing issue? Occasional insomnia is a very common problem, affecting about one in four Americans. It can happen to anyone, but is more common in older adults. Its symptoms include:

Difficulty falling asleep
Waking up during the night
Waking up too early
Daytime fatigue and irritability
Frustrations and moodiness

According to the theories of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), insomnia can stem from a number of causes such as stress, anxiety, medications, depression, and chronic pain. To determine the underlying causes of your insomnia, I would take into account many factors, including your lifestyle and emotional and mental well-being.

With this ancient form of healthcare, you can treat your symptoms, improve your overall health and well-being, and start looking forward to a great night's sleep, every night.
Mudra For Insomnia


Gyan Mudra is used for the treatment of mental disorders, insomnia, high blood pressure and depression.


This Mudra is useful in improving the memory and concentration power. Practice it for around half an hour every day.


Touch the tips of index and thumb. Other three fingers should be in relaxed state - slightly curved. 


Tips for A Better Nights Sleep

  1. Stick to a regular schedule.  Plan to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  2. Try not to nap.  If you really need a nap, try to keep it short, less than 45 minutes.
  3. Stay active. Exercise regularly, but not within a few hours of bedtime.
  4. Don't eat large meals before bed.
  5. If you choose to eat before bed, a light  snack should consist of mostly carbohydrates with a small amount of protein. This combination increases the availability of tryptophan to the brain. Try eating a small bowl of low sugar oatmeal along with low fat milk. A sliced apple with a few slices of cheese can also do the trick. Avoid large amounts of protein before bed, it may keep you from falling into a sound sleep.
  6. Yogurt - Yogurt contains tryptophan, an amino acid, that is essential to help your body produce neuro-chemicals to help you sleep.  
  7. Limit caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine. All of these can add to sleep problems.
  8. Relax. Try taking a warm bath, meditating, or reading to wind down before going to sleep.
  9. Soak Your Feet - Soaking your feet in hot water with a little Epsom salt, helps activate the "relaxation" response and prepares your body for a good nights rest. Do this about 15-minutes prior to going to sleep.
  10. You can also use an aromatherapy diffuser or add a few drops to water in a spray bottle to disperse the scent around your bedroom.
  11. Drink Tea - Drinking a relaxing mixture of herbal tea can help lull you into a deeper sleep. A mixture of Valerian root, Chamomile, Hops, and Passion flower have all shown to be helpful in regulating sleep. Other herbs may be: oyster shell, ziziphus, Chinese senega, lily bulb, China root and licorice.
  12. Spritz - Spritz a small amount of Lavender or Chamomile spray on your pillow at night for relaxed and sweet dreams.  You can also use an aromatherapy diffuser or add a few drops to water in a spray bottle to disperse the scent around your bedroom.
  13. Take a moment.  Make some time in your schedule for a pre-sleep relaxation ritual.  Taking a hot bath just before bed has been shown to promote a deep, restful sleep.  You can also add a handful of hops to the bathwater or place a small amount of dried hops wrapped in a cloth inside your pillow case.  Hops are used to reduce restlessness during sleep.
  14. Acupuncture Can Help:  Acupuncture has shown to help achieve a relaxing and sound sleep. Two powerful points in the ear can send you off to dreamland.


If you have any questions, please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner.  As always, check with your doctor before taking any supplements or herbs. 

The information contained within the newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions
Toni Eatros, Acupuncture Physician

Monthly Acupuncture Column Featured in SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine 

Toni Eatros, AP,

Acupuncture Physician, 
is the  featured acupuncture columnist in the popular SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine.
Be sure to check out October's issue, on stands now, which discusses headaches, migraines and treatment using acupuncture.
 about the Balance Method Style of Acupuncture.
Acupressure Points

Rubbing acupuncture points with your finger for 30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body, restoring health and well-being.



Pericardium 6 (P 6): 

On the inside of the forearm, in between the tendons, approximately 2.5 finger widths above the wrist crease.



Opens the chest, regulates Heart Qi, calms the Shen (Spirit), harmonizes the Stomach, 

relieves nausea 

and vomiting, 

opens and relaxes chest tightness.



Pericardium 7 (P 7): 

In the middle of the wrist crease, between both tendons.



Clears the Heart and calms the spirit, expands the chest, dispels fullness from the chest, 

reduces fire from heart and harmonizes the Stomach. 

Main point to treat insomnia.



Heart 7 (HT 7):

With palm facing up, on the inside of the wrist, on the little finger side of the crease where the hand meets the wrist.



Calms the Shen (mind), pacifies the heart, clears the channels, sleep disturbance, sedates and regulates the internal organs.


Breathing Exercise

Bedtime Breathing Meditation

Learning to relax at bedtime can be difficult for many people. Here is a simple breathing exercise that can help you relax both your body and mind.


1) Exhale completely through your mouth.

2) Inhale through your nose to a count of four.


3) Hold your breath for four more counts (or whatever feels comfortable).


4) Exhale through your nose for a count of eight. 


Repeat until you fall asleep.

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