Natural and Alternative Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea) Treatment Options

Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea) Treatment {introduction}

Sleep disorders are conditions that cause an individual to experience poor quality or a lack of sleep. These disorders include insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome.
Insomnia is a condition characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep, causing fatigue and sleepiness. Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that prevents the brain from distinguishing sleep-wake cycles. This causes an individual to have urges to sleep throughout the day. When a narcoleptic person submits to the urge, he/she can fall asleep for seconds or minutes at a time.
Sleep Apnea is a chronic condition characterized by periods of shallow breathing or pauses in breath during sleep. Sleep Apnea is categorized as either obstructive or central. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway collapses or is blocked during sleep. Central sleep apnea is a neurological condition in which the brain doesn't send the proper signals to the breathing muscles. People with Restless Legs Syndrome experience unpleasant creeping or tingling sensations and discomfort in the legs while lying down.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for sleep disorders.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea)

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".

There are no tcm differential pattern diagnoses listed for this pattern at this time.


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Herbal Formulas

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Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Listed below are articles describing related TCM diagnoses and acupuncture treatment points. These generally require an understanding of basic TCM Theory, however, general readers may find the protocols illustrative of how Chinese Medicine views and treats this condition.

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Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea) related articles

Below are articles related to this condition submitted by our practitioner members. See our practitioner member section for all articles.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 11/01/2011 - 9:36am

    Researchers from the School of Nursing and Midwifery within the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran recently conducted a study observing the effects of Tai Chi on the quality of sleep within a geriatric population.  Knowing that insomnia and poor sleep are very common among older adults, meditative, relaxing and strengthening exercises such as Tai Chi that are easily performed by older adults would seem to be a good intervention.

Forum posts related to Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea)

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  • MaxBlau's picture
    Submitted On Wed, 01/09/2013 - 11:51am
    Contributor ~ MaxBlau

    Have any acupuncture practitioners visiting this site had experience in treating sleep apnea and what have your results been?

    Comments on this post (2)

  • congoman1978's picture
    Submitted On Mon, 10/31/2011 - 4:22pm
    Contributor ~ congoman1978

    Does anyone know of the causes (according to TCM) and an effective treatment for sleep apnea?

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  • Gecko's picture
    Submitted On Mon, 02/14/2011 - 3:55pm
    Contributor ~ Gecko

    I've just had my second acupuncture treatment (had first one ever a week before this) and I feel terrible. I am normally full of energy after work, zooming around trying to be as productive as possible and feeling pretty positive while...

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  • bsmith89's picture
    Submitted On Sat, 08/28/2010 - 6:36am
    Contributor ~ bsmith89

    Hello Everyone,

    I am planning to get an octopus tattoo on my back and I thought it would be a good idea to have the tentacles run over some acupuncture meridians.  I know this isn't the same as treatment, but thought that...

    Comments on this post (15)

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    Acupuncture Points for Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea)

    Below you will find acupuncture points relevant to this condition. The points listed below are by no means the only relevant points, rather we list empirical or commonly used points as well as those applicable to use with acupressure as a self-help remedy.

    There are no points listed for this condition at this time.


    Professional Practitioner Information

    Below you will find links to technical information largely of interest to professional practitioners.

    TCM Herbs and Formulas for Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea)

    TCM Herbal Formulas for Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea)

    There are no tcm formulas for this condition at this time.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea)

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs relevant to this condition. See our TCM Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no tcm herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Western Herbs and Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea) Medical Information

    Western herbs for Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea)

    Below you will find Western herbs relevant to this condition. See our Western Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no western herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea) - Western Medicine Information

    At this time no Western Medicine information has been completed for this section.