Here are a few of my favorite acupuncture points for sleep. There are different reasons why you aren’t able to fall asleep, stay asleep, waking up in the middle of the night. Talk to your practitioner if you are suffering from chronic sleep deprivation. In the meantime, try these points and essential oil combinations!
KIDNEY 1: Gushing Spring (Yongquan 涌泉) is used for insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, poor memory, rage, mania, hot flashes, night sweats. headaches, tinnitus, hypertension, epilepsy.
This point is found on the bottom of the foot. If you point your toes, it is in the depression the forms near the upper middle portion of the foot. Pointing the toes usually creates a nice sized divet which can make it pretty simple to find. This point is wonderful at helping people to get out of their head. You can massage this point while in happy baby yoga pose or right before you go to sleep at night with some lavender essential oil. It is often used because it is considered a ‘grounding’ point and can help pull energy downward. It works well for those people who suffer from insomnia, especially due to incessant thinking. This point also helps to calm the spirit and is often used to calm anger and irritability.
DU 24: Spirit Court (Shen Ting 神庭) is used for anxiety, panic attacks, fear, manic depression, as well as frontal headache, chronic sinusitis, nosebleeds, nasal discharge, excessive tearing, epilepsy, and dizziness.
DU 20: Hundred Convergences (Bai Hui 百會) is used for headache, dizziness, eye pain and redness, irritability, hypertension.
Located at the vertex of the head, can be found by drawing line from the upper most tip of your ears up to the top of your head. Also a great point for students to help mental focus and concentration if used with Rosemary Essential Oil.
Third Eye: Hall of Impression (Yin Tang 印堂) is used for calming the mind and is great for insomnia, anxiety, stress, as well as frontal headache, congestion, and sinusitis.
Located right between the eyebrows.
This point is known to calm the spirit (or shen). It is used to help calm anxiety and some people even use it to help with insomnia. It can also help to relieve headaches (especially those in the forehead region), and it can help clear nasal congestion or a runny nose. You can add a citrus essential oil to wake up or lavender essential oil to go to wind down.
Leave a note below to let me know if you’ve tried these combos!