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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

Dr. Farrell has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine and Channel Theory since 1996.  Her focus is on empowerment of students and patients so that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. She believes that self-cultivation, self-knowledge and critical thinking are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine.  

Yvonne is the author of two books: Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels and her latest, Acupuncture for Surviving Adversity published by Singing Dragon.  She has also written several articles for Medicinal Roots Magazine. She teaches continuing education courses in the US and internationally.


Learn more about Yvonne Farrell’s upcoming 8 month Mentorship (36 CEUs)




$250.00 USD

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