What We Treat

Sleep and Insomnia

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Better Health Starts with Restful Sleep

Hard to get out of bed because you didn’t sleep?! Ugh. Explore the benefits of East Asian Medicine (EAM) treatments for insomnia. EAM is a sophisticated system of holistic healthcare that can resolve sleep issues without side effects. Experience the benefits of natural treatments that are NOT habit-forming.

Find out for yourself the difference East Asian Medicine can have in your life. Let’s design a plan to get you back to normal sleep using methods that are safe, natural, and effective. Make an appointment today and start getting better sleep!

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Benefits of Natural Treatments for Insomnia

There are so many benefits of natural treatment for insomnia. We can help you get back to better sleep naturally using East Asian Medicine (EAM).

  • Lower stress & anxiety
  • Fall asleep easily
  • Stay asleep
  • Reduce sleep medications
  • Eliminate pain
  • Reduce bathroom use
  • Improve focus and concentration

Our Holistic Approach to Insomnia

We support you and your sleep with East Asian Medicine (EAM). We offer a holistic approach to your healing and health with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, and tuina massage — so your sleep can return to normal, safely and naturally.

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Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine offers natural, food-grade sleep remedies.

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Acupuncture successfully treats sleep disorders.

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Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy works fast for pain relief so you can sleep.

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Tuina Massage

Tuina massage melts away your tension so you can sleep deeply.

Sleep Disorders and Insomnia We Can Help You With

We offer a number of treatments to address insomnia and other sleep issues in a safe, natural, and effective way. Below is a list of stress-related disorders and other sleep disorders that we can help you with:

  • Anxiety Induced Insomnia
  • Depression Insomnia
  • Stress Induced Insomnia
  • Pregnancy Insomnia
  • Short-Term Insomnia
  • Chronic Insomnia
  • Sleep Onset Insomnia / Difficulty falling asleep
  • Sleep Maintenance Insomnia / Difficulty staying asleep
  • Snoring and Sleep Apnea
  • Hyperhidrosis / Excessive sweating at night
  • Excessive urination at night
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Pain disorders preventing sleep
  • Jet Lag / Circadian Rhythm Dysfunction

How We Heal

We offer an array of East Asian Medicine (EAM) modalities to provide you a holistic approach to address the root cause of insomnia and other sleep concerns. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, and tuina massage will greatly improve your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and feel well-rested — so that you can get back to your life again.

Acupuncture for Insomnia

Acupuncture can stop insomnia and get you back on track with better sleep. Acupuncture therapy helps lower stress, reduces anxiety, eliminates pain, and increases a deep state of relaxation. If you experience night sweats or have a tendency of frequent urination at night, acupuncture can also regulate your body fluids so that you can sleep through the night.

Acupuncture can help you to

  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Decrease sleep disruptions
  • Relieve pain
  • Reduce irritability
  • Balance body fluids such as sweat and urine
  • Stimulate melatonin production naturally
  • Create a deep state of relaxation
  • Calm and settle your mind

People are often impressed with how relaxed they feel and report how much better they sleep after treatment. Acupuncture therapy plans will vary, but you can experience results within a couple of weeks of consistent care (1-2 treatments per week) and sustained results within 3-6 months.

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Insomnia

Chinese herbal medicine addresses sleep issues associated with insomnia and other sleep disorders from an internal perspective. They supplement the body with added nutrients to nourish your blood, calm your mind, and make you feel anchored — so you can sleep and be ready to start your day.

There are several classical Chinese herbal remedies to help you fall and stay asleep naturally that are not addictive and have no pharmaceutical side effects. Chinese herbal medicine is often combined with acupuncture therapy for faster results.

Chinese herbal medicine can help you to

  • Fall asleep and stay asleep
  • Reduce irritability
  • Calm your mind
  • Nourish your heart
  • Nourish your blood
  • Balance hormonal levels

We use ethically sourced, highly-concentrated classical and modified formulas. Internal herbal remedies are compounded into a powder and are encapsulated into vegetable capsules, which make them easy to take and good for travel.

Cupping for Insomnia

Cupping therapy can improve your sleep quality and increase relaxation. Cupping alleviates tension and pain, improves circulation, and reduces anxiety. If pain is disrupting your sleep, cupping therapy is a good addition to your acupuncture treatment — so you can sleep again.

Cupping therapy can help you to

  • Relieve pain
  • Alleviate muscle tension
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Strengthen your lungs and improve your breathing
  • Boost your immune system
  • Relax
  • Improve your sleep quality

Cupping therapy is an add-on service done before an acupuncture treatment. In cupping therapy, you can expect oil to be applied to the skin before the cups are placed. Then the cups are manually suctioned and left stationary for 10-20 minutes. Your practitioner will likely leave and come back to reposition the cups to another area. While it doesn’t hurt, you will feel pressure.

Cupping is Not for Everyone

While cupping can be a beneficial practice, it’s not appropriate for everyone. For example, if you’re on blood thinners or are pregnant, then this is not for you. Discuss with your practitioner any questions or concerns that you may have.

Tuina for Insomnia

Tuina massage /twee-nah/ uses the same principles of acupuncture related to meridians (also known as pathways or channels) and acupuncture points. Instead of needles, the practitioner uses her hands to apply acupressure to these pathways and points. Kneading, rubbing, tapping, and pressing are some of the techniques involved.

Tuina massage improves sleep, reduces stress, and promotes relaxation. It also alleviates pain and improves circulation, which will help you to sleep better. As a result of better rest, you’ll experience more energy.

Tuina massage will help you to

  • Improve your sleep quality
  • Relax
  • Boost your immune system
  • Improve circulation
  • Relieve pain
  • Reduce tension, tightness, and irritability
  • Treat musculoskeletal disorders affecting muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  • Alleviate low back pain
  • Treat depression

If you’re feeling tired, stressed or burned out, imagine how relaxed you’ll feel after a tuina massage. We’ll design a plan to get you back on track naturally. You’ll get back to normal sleep and feel re-energized. With tuina massage, you can experience results within a couple of weeks. With consistent care of 1-2 treatments per month, you can experience long term results after 3-6+ months of treatment.

Tuina massage is an add-on service before an acupuncture treatment. If needles aren’t your thing, you can combine tuina massage and cupping therapy together.

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Normal Sleep is Possible

East Asian Medicine is a natural and elegant system of holistic medicine. Using modalities such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, there are multiple ways that we can treat your inability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Plus, we can do it naturally with no side effects. Find out for yourself how to reclaim your sleep and enjoy your life again!

We’re in-network with Aetna and BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS)/CareFirst. You can also use your FSA or HSA card. Ready to take the next step? Check your insurance benefits and then you go to our online scheduling page to make your first appointment.

Looking forward to seeing you!
Nicole McLaughlin Acupuncture

Nicole McLaughlin Acupuncture
Nicole McLaughlin Acupuncture
Tue: 9 am – 3 pm
Wed: 9 am – 3 pm
Thu: 9 am – 3 pm
Fri: 9 am – 3 pm

2000 P Street NW, Suite 620
Washington, DC 20036
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