is a common symptom in a variety of
mental illnesses and in China, patients
are often described as suffering from
insomnia or restlessness when in the
West, the condition might be diagnosed
as chronic depression or schizophrenia.
according to Chinese Medicine is considered
to be connected with the heart, kidneys,
liver and stomach, but particularly
with the heart, which houses the Shen,
or spirit. The Chinese Medicine view
is that the spirit cannot rest, either
because there is heat in the heart,
or as a result of weakness in the kidneys
caused by fire and water being out of
balance. The heart is the organ of fire,
while the kidney is the water organ.
Water normally subdues fire, but if
the kidneys are weak there is not enough
water to do this and the fire can get
out of control.
or indigestion caused by a weak stomach,
can also lead to insomnia. In Chinese
Medicine, patients will never be given
tranquillizers of sleeping pills. Instead,
the doctor will try to find out the
particular cause. Herbs regularly used
are fleece-flower stem, poria, wild
jujube seed. The herbs do not sedate
the patient, but appear to have a beneficial
effect on the nervous system.
on a gypsum pillow is a familiar Chinese
do-it-yourself remedy for mild cases,
and there is an effective do-it-yourself
acupressure, massage and exercise routine
which a doctor can demonstrate to patients.
Acupuncture is widely and often very
effectively used in the treatment of
insomnia caused by depression and related