Anxiety can have a profound negative effect on your life. It can destroy your happiness, your health, your relationships and your sleep quality. When you don’t get enough sleep, every part of your body suffers. You feel constantly fatigued, have difficulty concentrating and remembering things and your immune system weakens. Anxiety and insomnia often go hand in hand. If you’re looking for a way to lower your stress levels and get a better night’s sleep, Traditional Chinese Medicine might be able to help.
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There are two acupuncture points that can be used to treat insomnia, known as Heart 7 and Pericardium 6. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, these two points are closely related. Pressing on them helps calm the body and the mind to promote sleep.
Heart 7 is also known as Shenmen, which means Spirit Gate. Pressing on this point can help release negative feelings from the inside out, while allowing positive influences to flow into the body. Heart 7 can be located on the anterior side of the transverse crease of the wrist. Look for a small depression on the radial side of the ulnar tendon. Activating this point is best known to help with insomnia, irritability and chest pain. Lightly press and massage for several seconds to activate this point.
Watch the video below for a how-to: