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A Spirit at Rest: Treating Sleep Disorders with Chinese Medicine


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According to the NIH (National Institute of Health), “Sleep loss and sleep disorders are among the most common yet frequently overlooked and readily treatable health problems. It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity. (NHLBI, 2003). Failure to recognize sleep problems not only precludes diagnosis and treatment—it also precludes the possibility of preventing grave public health consequences.”

This course will cover both the TCM and biomedical understanding of the physiology of sleep.

• Phases of sleep

• The yin and yang of restorative sleep

• The 5 spirits and their relationship to sleep

• Sleep hygiene

We will investigate the use of acupuncture and herbal formulations for the major pathologies of sleep including:

• Insomnia

• Parasomnias (sleep-walking, sleep-talking, sleep paralysis, night terrors)

• Sleep apnea

• Circadian rhythm disorders

• Restless leg

• Hypersomnia

Learning Objective

Students will have a deeper understanding of the nature and importance of healthy sleep. They will be able to recognize pathologies of sleep and the patterns associated with them. They will explore several different approaches to the treatment of these disorders.

Introduction and overview. Personal and public health impact of lack of sleep.

Biomedical view of sleep. Stages of sleep, TCM view of sleep, 5 spirits

Pathologies of Sleep:

Insomnia: patterns symptoms, acupuncture and herbal formulations

Circadian Rhythm disorders: symptoms and treatments

Parasomnias: definitions, symptoms and treatment approaches based on insomnia patterns

Sleep paralysis: symptoms and treatments

Bruxism: symptoms and treatments

Restless Leg Syndrome: symptoms and treatments

Hypersomnias: pattern differentiation, symptoms and treatment

Breathing related sleep disorders: Obstructive sleep apnea, snoring

Conclusions, questions and answers

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Dr. Farrell has been involved in helping others to restore balance in their lives for 24 years. In 1996, she graduated from Emperor’s College with a Master’s in Chinese Medicine. She has been in private practice since 1997. She was a member of the faculty at Emperor’s College for 13 years. In addition to her faculty duties at Emperor’s, Yvonne was also a clinical supervisor.

Specializing in the use of the Secondary Vessels in treatment, Yvonne has been teaching channel theory to students for many years. She has developed proficiency with these systems because she feels they are very effective in the treatment of psycho-emotional and psycho-spiritual disorders.

Yvonne directs her teaching towards the empowerment of students with the hope that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. She believes that self-cultivation & self-knowledge are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine. To that end, she has also been on the leadership teams of many spiritual retreats and self-empowerment workshops.

In addition to teaching in the master’s programs of two schools, Dr. Farrell has been teaching CEU courses for several years. Her courses are lively¸ informative and clinically relevant. She is very passionate about the medicine and that is apparent in her teaching.

Yvonne received her doctoral degree (DAOM) from Emperor’s College in 2007. In 2009-2010 Yvonne was the Director of a team that was responsible for getting Yo San University’s first DAOM program up and running.

Although she has a general practice, her specialties include the treatment of psycho-emotional disorders or stress induced illness.

$250.00 USD

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