Insomnia and reflexology treatment

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This is a disease of disturbed sleep. In mild insomnia, the patient may have difficulty falling asleep, is easily awakened, and finds it difficult to go back to sleep once awakened. In cases of severe insomnia, the patient cannot fall asleep all night. Insomnia in patients with neurasthenia, hypertension, cerebral arteriosclerosis, anemia, hepatitis, menopausal syndrome, and psychoneurosis in modern medicine can be treated by the following methods.
Applications of hand therapy:
Massage therapy:
Location: Head area, insomnia area, Shenmen (HT 7) and Zhongchong (PC9).
Method of manipulation: Both hands are rubbed to produce a hot sensation. Heavy pushing and rubbing maneuvers are applied to palm, and a pushing maneuver along radial and ulnar borders of fingers and continuous pinching, digit-pressing and
kneading maneuvers at Shenmen and palmar surface of fingers; digit-pressing and kneading maneuvers at head area and insomnia area; digit-pressing maneuver with nail at Zhongchong; and rotating and pulling fingers. Each manipulation is repeated
30-50 times.
Acupuncture therapy:
At regular and extra acupoints:
Location: Neiguan (PC6) and Shenmen (HT 7) acupoints.
Method of manipulation: The needles are inserted and retained for 30 minutes.
At reflective point:
Location: Heart point.
Method of manipulation: The needle is inserted for 1.6 cm and retained for five minutes.
At special acupoints beside the second metacarpal bone:
Location: Head acupoint, and lung and heart acupoint.
Method of manipulation: The needles are inserted for 1.6 cm and retained for 20 minutes.
Hand bath:
Recipe: Magnetitum (Cishi) 50 g, Semen Ziziphi Spinosae (Suanzaoren)">Semen Ziziphi Spinosae (Suanzaoren) 30 g, Semen Biotae (Baiziren) 30 g, Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Danggui) 20 g, Rhizoma Anemarrhenae (Zhimu) 10 g, and Yejiaoteng (Caulis Polygoni Multiflori) 30 g.
Function: To tranquilize the mind.
Method of manipulation: A hot decoction of these herbs is used to steam and then wash both hands for 30 minutes, once every night before going to bed.
Hand qigong: Kongjin exercise.
The hand is prone with palm facing downward and the fingers relaxed. The thumb, ring finger, and little finger are flexed 11 times, and after each repetition the hand resumes a ladder pattern. The index finger is extended upward and then flexed downward twice, then the hand again resumes the ladder pattern. The exercise is ended after a pole-standing exercise in a riding posture for five minutes.
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