The Best Acupuncture Points for Insomnia

by Martin Reed Patient Advocate

Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese practice, has been used for generations to treat insomnia without the side effects caused by sleeping pills. It involves the placement of needles along different points along the body - also known as meridians or pathways. Targeting these pathways helps to treat certain health issues. These are some of the more effective points.

The Spirit Gate

This point sits on the crease of the inner wrist. To find it, follow your pinky finger down to where the bones in your wrist and arm meet. This area is along the heart meridian, so it is targeted to treat those who have issues with their heart or blood. It can also help treat insomnia, anxiety, and fuzzy thinking.

The Inner Pass

The Inner Pass is located on the lower inner arm. Find it by moving two and a half finger widths up the inner arm from the wrist crease. This point is believed to relax and open the chest. It is also said to relieve stress, nervousness, mania, insomnia as well as carpal tunnel.

The Great Surge

This point is located on the top of the foot, in the depression between the first and second metatarsal bones (toes). Located on the liver meridian, it’s targeted to treat many things in addition to insomnia and anxiety. It helps treat anger, irritability, digestive issues, menstrual problems and even canker sores.

Yellow Emperor

The Yellow Emperor is a point located on the foot. In addition to insomnia and anxiety, it treats nervousness, as well as intestinal and chest pain. To find it, follow down the big toe until you get just below the ball of the foot.

No two treatments are alike

Unlike Western medicine, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to acupuncture. The Chinese believe that no two individuals are the same, and each has their own individual frequency and resonance. As such, your treatments will be targeted toward you.

What to expect

A visit to an acupuncturist will begin as any medical visit does, with an in-depth medical history being taken and a consultation with the practitioner. While needles are used during the process, acupuncture generally does not hurt or cause pain. The needles that are used are solid and generally the diameter of a human hair.

Insomnia benefits

Most people report a relaxed feeling during the treatment. Some individuals even report falling asleep during acupuncture. That knowledge alone should encourage insomnia sufferers to give the Chinese practice a chance.

Martin Reed
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Martin Reed

Martin is the creator of Insomnia Coach, an eight-week course that combines online sleep education with individual sleep coaching. His course helps clients improve their sleep so they can enjoy a better life with more energy and start each day feeling happy, healthy, rested, and refreshed. Martin also runs a free sleep training course that has helped over 5,000 insomniacs. He holds a master’s degree in health and wellness education and studied clinical sleep health at the University of Delaware.