In April 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated a requirement for a new boxed warning on certain medications that are used to treat insomnia. One of the most prominent warnings from the agency ensures medical professionals and patients have essential information before they use these medicines.
The boxed warning includes information from several reports including serious injuries - and even death - that resulted from complex sleep behaviors, including sleep driving, sleepwalking, and engaging in life-threatening activities unconsciously after taking these medicines.
Millions of Americans suffer from sleep deprivation and use prescription medication to treat insomnia. Along with the boxed warning, the FDA requires inclusion of contraindication. Certain drugs should not be used by patients who have experienced complex sleep behaviors after using the medicine.
Prescription medications like Ambien override the central nervous system. According to VeryWell, "Ambien promotes the activity of GABA receptors, a special type of neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that serve as messengers between nerve cells (neurons). The additional activity of the GABA receptors inhibits neuron activity that contributes to insomnia." Conversely, Chinese Medicine works with the body holistically, determines the imbalances, and then gently nourishes them to resolve symptoms like insomnia (which are often linked to other symptoms such as poor digestion, anxiousness, and mental fogginess).
Chinese Herbal Medicine for “Better Sleep”
There can be several reasons why people experience inconsistent sleep. However, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) divides these reasons into two main categories: "deficiency and excess".
Deficiencies usually cause chronic sleep issues that last for more than a month. On the other hand, occasional sleep situations that result from life changes and stress are generally considered excess conditions.
Regardless of the reason for your sleep problem, Chinese herbal medicines can help you sleep better at night. “May is Better Sleep Month and letting people know there are remedies outside of western, over-the-counter solutions is important,” said Dr. Eric Karchmer, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer for DAO Labs.
The formulas used in Chinese medicines are quite effective and have no side effects. “Rather than sedating your nervous system, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine corrects the underlying imbalance that results in poor quality sleep.”
“Rather than sedating your nervous system, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine corrects the underlying imbalance that results in poor quality sleep.”
TCM adopts a more holistic approach in contrast to Western medicine. Chinese Herbal Medicines examines the underlying cause and help treat your symptom while maintaining your internal balance. Your TCM expert would first examine the energetic deficiencies your body has, which is the root cause of sleep disturbances. Once the complete diagnosis is made, they recommend Chinese herbs that will help in improving your sleep problems along with addressing its root cause.
Lack of quality sleep adversely affects your ability to manage stress and boosts the production of cortisol - the stress hormone. These symptoms can further lead to other health problems including hormonal imbalances, allergies, increased anxiousness, and many more.
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