A nightmare is a dream that typically occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The dream results in feelings of fear, distress, extreme anxiety or strong terror. Nightmares can occur late at night, and can often awaken the sleeper. Nightmares are often a result of stress that occurs throughout the day, that is brought into consciousness at night.
Because acupuncture can work directly on stress, it is an excellent way to treat nightmares. In Chinese medicine, stress can be related to the Liver. The Liver’s function (in Chinese medicine) is to regulate the free movement of blood, emotions and nutrients throughout the body. When the Liver is properly functioning, the body can move blood, nutrients and emotions freely. If the Liver’s function gets impaired – which can happen due to stress, anger or repressed emotions – movement of nutrients and energy throughout the body is halted. Symptoms include increased stress, shoulder and neck tightness, insomnia and possibly nightmares.
Acupuncture is the insertion of small needles into certain acupuncture points on the body. There are about 365 acupuncture points on the body, and these points can be combined in countless ways to achieve desired results. Acupuncture can free up energetic and physical blocks, leading to ideal movement and function throughout the body. Patients typically feel a sense of relaxation after the needles are inserted.