Acupuncture is a great way to treat insomnia without the harsh side effects caused by pharmaceutical drugs. There are many different reasons why one may suffer from insomnia. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) each individual has their own pattern which describes how the body is out of balance. From here we are able to treat the imbalance using fine hair like needles at specific points along the different meridians that run through the body.
Two very effective acupuncture points used to treat insomnia are Heart 7 and Pericardium 6. Both of these points are closely related in many ways. From the anatomical location and the Qi sensation one feels when needed to their close relationship between the “Shen” aka spirit and the calming effect is has, make these points a great duo for promoting sleep.
The TCM named Heart 7 as Shenmen which means Spirit Gate. Pericardium 6 was named Neiguan meaning Inner Gate. In some cases both of these points need to be open in order to receive the positive influences from the outside as well as to release everything bad from the inside.
The point Heart 7 can be located in the transverse crease from the anterior side of the wrist. Its location may have a little depression on the ulnar tendon from the radial side.
In order to achieve the same result and be more pleasant for the patient, it is better to needle the point from the ulnar side under the ulnar tendon.
Pericardium 6 is located on the anterior side of the wrist, about two finger widths from the transverse crease of the wrist. It can be also found between the two tendons running up the arm. Just like Heart 7, this point can also offer radiation sensation when activated.
Although there are many other acupuncture points used during a treatment, these two are a good place to start. Any healing process requires a full mind-body approach, but stimulating these points can be extremely helpful for those struggling with sleep.