Chinese Medicine (CM) has a long history of dealing with sleep disorders. Insomnia can have a variety of causes, from digestive dysfunction to interior heat or what Chinese Medicine refers to as Deficiency of the Yin or Blood.

CM has an elaborate system of diagnostic analysis that discerns the specific symptoms and body signs that any one person presents. From this a specific Pattern of Disharmony is established and an individualised treatment approach is enacted using the full range of Chinese Medicine skills including acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine.

Our Shen Adelaide team of Chinese Medicine practitioners has decades of experience treating patients with insomnia.


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Insomnia:  Level Two – Evidence of Potential Positive Effect 

Conditions with Level Two evidence have good support of efficacy, but require further research.


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