For sleep quality, Whole Systems Traditional Chinese Medicine (WS-TCM) offers a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceuticals. Many conventional drugs cause negative side effects—including headaches, fatigue, dry mouth, and dizziness. Alternatively, studies have shown that acupuncture enhances slow wave sleep (SWS), a type of deep sleep that occurs in the 3rd and 4th stage of REM sleep. Additionally, research is confirming that acupuncture and herbs in combination improve sleep quality relative to pharmaceuticals, including estazolam—a sedative with serious side effects.

Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years as a natural and gentle way to improve sleep. At Garden Acupuncture, we also specialize in pediatric sleep treatment, providing needle-free treatments for children as well as pediatric medical massage, dietary guidance, gentle herbs, and sleep hygiene recommendations. Adult and pediatric sleep-related disorders that may be treated with WS-TCM include:

  • Insomnia

  • Sleep apnea

  • ADHD

  • Restless leg syndrome

  • Stress

  • Pain

Sleep is essential for the rest and repair our bodies need. Lack of quality sleep affects your ability to think clearly, react quickly, and form memories, while chronic sleep issues can lead to mood disorders and illness—in both children and adults. We work with our clients to understand not only their symptoms, but the underlying patterns that may be inhibiting sleep. Treatment can include acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling. Relief may come within several visits, continuing to build over the course of treatment.

“I am a 32 year old married male who has suffered with bouts of insomnia most of my adult life. It usually comes on during times when my stress increases due to work, economic issues, or typical family concerns. Alex was able to explain the insomnia in a clear way so I could understand where my “imbalance” was, and then began treating me. It took several treatments to get me to start sleeping better (5 total), but I have been able to sleep much better and feel more rested when I wake-up.”

— David, Brooklyn


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