What about short term or acute insomnia? What are the factors? New York Times report that the following are major contributing factors to transient insomnia:
•Traumatic and stressful events; Pain
•Female hormonal fluctuations (menses, pregnancy, menopause)
•Jet Lag, travelling
•Change in light exposure and environment (change in temperature)
•Stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and medication
It’s interesting to see all these variables that contribute to insomnia in Western medicine because the Traditional Chinese medicine perspective have always approached all disease and health conditions in a holistic and individual basis. This means no cookie cutter treatments!
Coffee, coffee, coffee….Cha Cha Cha!! Energizing, exhilarating and stimulating. All properties of an amazing drink in one small sweet or bitter (depending on how you take) cuppa. Yet, is it really that good for you? Can it really energize/re-energize you? YES and NO!
We are all fascinated with the thought of being able to tell the future, we are familiar with the magical mystical powers of the crystal ball or having our palms read. Weather we believe these methods reveal the truth or not, it at the very least peeks our curiosity. The tongue according to Chinese medicine gives us a glimpse of the state of our health in the same way that palmists can read our futures. The tongue, a muscle we use to speak, eat and sing can tell a lot about our circulation, our metabolism, digestive concerns and much much more.