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:
• Parasomnias (sleep-walking, sleep-talking, sleep paralysis, night terrors)
• Sleep apnea
• Circadian rhythm disorders
• Restless leg
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
Dr. Farrell has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine and Channel Theory since 1996.
She 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. Dr. Farrell believes that self-cultivation, self-knowledge and critical thinking are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine.
To that end, she teaches dynamic, informative and thought-provoking live CEU courses and webinars through LA Herbs and Acupuncture and Healthy Seminars.
Yvonne earned her doctoral degree in 2007. Her first book, "Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels" was published by Singing Dragon in 2016. Book Two is in the works. She also contributes regularly to online journal Medicinal Roots Magazine.