Here’s how acupuncture works as a natural remedy for snoring. It unblocks Qi, and can help you (and your partner!) fall asleep fast and sleep the whole night through.
In this fascinating article, several acupuncturists and Chinese herbal medicine specialists describe acupuncture as a remedy for snoring, as well as other ways to fall asleep at night.
Before the tips, a quip:
“A use has been found for everything but snoring,” said Mark Twain.
If you have no use for snoring, you’re not alone! I have no use for it either, but have learned to sleep through my husband’s rumbles.
Many snorers find a mouthpiece to be very helpful; the Doctor’s Nightguard Advanced Comfort is one of the most popular snoring remedies. It’s not as relaxing or healthy as acupuncture, but it works.
How Acupuncture Helps People Stop Snoring
Acupuncture can treat sinusitis and allergic reactions, which cause snoring.
“I’ve treated clients with sinusitis caused by allergic reactions with good results,” says Ontario-based acupuncturist and herbalist Nancy Winlove-Smith. “ If the source of the snoring is an obstructed nasal passage due to chronic sinusitis, acupuncture can effectively help snoring. Many people have chronic nasal congestion due to allergies; acupuncture could relieve and even reverse the condition. When the nasal cavity is constantly obstructed by edema (the by-product of inflammation), the tissue is starved of oxygen and nutrients and becomes dysfunctional. Acupuncture dilates blood vessels, allowing oxygen and nutrients in to help support and repair the tissue. Acupuncture also allows edema to enter into the lymphatic system to be removed. Voila: reduced congestion!”
Winlove says some causes of snoring are hormonally driven. If so, acupuncture won’t help people stop snoring. Instead, try these natural sleep remedies.
Acupuncture stops snoring by opening blocked nasal passages
“Acupuncture can help open nasal passages for patients who have chronic allergies, and help re-establish balance within the systems of energy in the body,” says licensed acupuncturist Beth Kohn of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. “To help people stop snoring, I recommend a daily sinus wash using warm water, epsom salt and perhaps a diluted grapefruit seed extract solution. I may use traditional Chinese herbal remedies to help balance the underlying patterns related to the chronic inflammation. I also review their diets to see if decreasing certain mucus producing foods (eg, dairy products and others) helps improve their health.”
For more tips for stopping snoring: 6 Ways to Stop Snoring – From Changing Sleep Positions to Acupuncture.
Environmental irritants cause snoring; acupuncture removes irritants
“Sinuses can swell as a result of environmental irritants,” says Kohn. “Some people also have odd shaped sinuses which don’t allow for proper drainage, thus causing recurrent infections. Also if their diet is rich in mucus producing foods, they may also have issues with chronic sinus problems. For more serious issues related to sinues (eg, polyps, etc) they should see their doctor or a specialist, such as an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT).”
If snoring is due to a structural problem related to the tongue slipping to the back of the throat during sleep, then acupuncture won’t be as effective.
Acupuncture decreases mucus in airways, which cause snoring
“Anything that blocks the air flow can cause the vibration that is snoring,” says licensed acupuncturist Ruth Krill, founder of Arlington Acupuncture and Wellness in Arlington, MA. “Sinusitis, for instance, is the inflammation of the sinuses that blocks the narrow channels connecting the sinuses to the nose. The mucus cannot drain properly and can easily become infected. The inflammation is usually the result of the common cold. People with low immunity get frequent colds that can cause recurrent sinusitis. Acupuncture works for snoring by improving the circulation in the nasal cavities, allowing the body to heal itself quicker.”
Acupuncture also improves and regulates the immune system.
Qi Deficiency can lead to snoring; acupuncture unblocks Qi
“Qi Deficiency is having a weakened immune system that over-responds to everything,” says licensed acupuncturist Becca Seitz, of To The Point Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic in Portland, OR. “The swelling associated with sinusitis or allergies is created by two mecanisms: either a blockage of the normal flow of Qi due to Qi Deficiency or Wind Invasion (think of it as a traffic jam on the freeway), or heat in the nose, drying the nasal tissues.”
An acupuncturist will choose acupuncture points to Tonify Qi, Dispel Wind or Clear Heat, as needed. Often, herbal formulas will speed the process.
Breathe Right Nasal Strips are also an effective way to fall asleep faster — depending on the cause of the snoring.
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