Insomnia – Heat with the Gallbladder meridian type.

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People suffer from insomnia always have other symptoms like depression, anxiety, anger issue and anemia, and etc. When I see those insomnia patients, I have to differentiate insomnia types. Here is a typical insomnia case which has other symptoms.


She was in her early 30’s. She hardly fell in sleep and also waked up frequently during sleep. She felt fatigue all the time. Indigestion problem often happened. She had a feeling of oppression on the chest. Her hands and feet were cold. Her hair fell out a lot. I found palpitation on her abdomen and tenderness on hypochondriac area. I felt the tension in abdominal muscle with my hand. Her tip of tongue was little red.


This case is not a typical insomnia type but I often see this kind of insomnia lately. According to Eastern Medicine, the mind resides in the Heart. When the Heart is disturbed by heat, the mind cannot reside peacefully. The Heat floats upwards and it causes insomnia. This heat is often caused by energy stagnation of the Liver meridian or the Gall Bladder meridian. Her insomnia was caused by heat from the Gall Bladder meridian. Heat from the Liver meridian usually starts from anger. However, she did not complain about anger issue. Feeling of oppression on the chest, tenderness on hypochondriac area and falling hairs are typical symptoms of the Gall Bladder meridian.


I regulated her Gall Bladder meridian and Heart meridian with acupuncture treatments and prescribed formula herbs including such as Chai Hu, Ren Shen, Huang Qin, Long Gu. etc. In the beginning of treatment, her digestion got better and she felt easier to fall in sleep after 5th acupuncture session. She finally did not wake up during a sleep after 10th acupuncture session. I prescribed formula herbs for 10 days.

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