By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos provided by Dr. Shiroko Sokitch, M.D.)
Interview: Dr. Shiroko Sokitch, M.D., Heart to Heart Medical Center, California.
How does Chinese medicine treat insomnia?
In the Chinese medicine’s perspective, when an organ is not in balance you have illness.
What are the reasons people have insomnia?
Each human being is completely different, there is not a one-size fits all remedy.
So many factors influence a bodies’ imbalance.
There are many reasons for insomnia or any medical problem.
One reason could be the patient’s Serotonin and GABA levels are high. These are two neurotransmitters that regulate your ability to relax and sleep.
I measure those neurotransmitters with a urine test.
Another reason for insomnia, if a patient’s liver, heart or brain chemistry levels are imbalanced.
We measure all of the different hormones to find which is affecting you.
When the progesterone levels go down it is difficult to sleep.
Many people cannot sleep during menopause.
What if your mind does not turn-off, you keep thinking and cannot sleep.
The cortozone level can affect that.
The body must have enough Seratomin.
One lady tried drugs, for years but could not sleep.
Her GAMA levels and Seratomin levels were very low.
She had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
Another patient’s cortisone level was too high.
What foods effect being able to sleep?
Food affects your sleeping.
Some people are not aware if they eat only carbohydrates, like pasta for dinner. If eat protein at bed time, blood sugar drops at 2 a.m.
A patient could not sleep, drink case diet Pepsi every day; he was not aware getting high dose caffeine;
Caffeine does not affect everybody but some people, cannot sleep after drinking coffee or other beverages.
Some people cannot sleep if drink wine. Wine affects the liver. Some people sleep better after drinking a little bit wine.
Other people are affected by wine making their liver agitated and could not sleep.
Some people like to have popcorn at night. My husband will do that. He is eating pure carbohydrates and a little bit of fat. That could possibly be a reason they wake up at 3 a.m. They do not have protein to sustain their blood sugar.
You have to pay attention to these patterns.
Heart to Heart Medical Center is located in Novato and Santa Rosa, California.
For information, call (415)-895-5068
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