A look at what your cravings say about your health. A TCM approach.
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!
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.
Chinese medicine considers diabetes to be a “Thirsting and Wasting” disease that is caused by deficiencies in the kidney/adrenal, pancreas, and lung organ/glandular systems. The key symptoms include thirst, weight loss or gain, fatigue, and sugar in the urine. Chinese medicine practitioners recommend a combination of Western and Chinese medicine to treat diabetes. The Chinese medicine practitioner focuses on strengthening the body and managing long-term symptoms with acupuncture and herbs. Acupuncture is also used to control blood sugar levels.