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41184 U.S. 6
Avon, CO, 81620
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(720) 638-6622

Growing our roots in Denver, Urban Herbs is the new standard in accessible Chinese Medicine, providing sliding-scale herbal consultations for the community and an unbeatable online Chinese herbal pharmacy for practitioners. With over 360 bulk and granular Chinese herbs for customization, two passionate practitioners, and a one-of-a-kind online formula creation system, Urban Herbs works to both support and unify its expansive network of herbalists with the ever-growing community of patients.


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How Can Chinese Herbal Medicine Help You Get A Better Night's Rest?

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One of the most common concerns we treat here in the clinic is insomnia.  Insomnia comes in all forms- difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, restless sleep, or not feeling rested in the morning- and each one significantly impacts your life.   Nearly 70 million people suffer from some form of insomnia each year and one study showed that employers are losing $18 billion dollars a year in lost productivity due to sleep issues.  This is an epidemic in the United States and we would love to tell you how Chinese medicine could help!! 
For centuries, Chinese medicine has been commonly used to help patients get a more restful, rejuvenating night’s sleep.  Insomnia is caused by and affects each individual differently, and thus, requires a unique treatment protocol to address it. One of our favorite aspects of Chinese medicine is that every person we see receives a unique herbal formula made just for them.  Your age, activity level, diet, and lifestyle habits all contribute to your night’s sleep so it is vital for us to speak with you to determine which systems in your body need balancing.
Therapy for insomnia in Western medicine has largely been based on prescribed medications such as benzodiazepines, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, or over-the-counter antihistamines.  However, these medications sometimes come with adverse side effects that make them unsuitable for long-term use.  There is also a high dependency risk associated with many sleep medications.  Patients often times become dependent on a medication to sedate their brain from the over-thinking or monkey-mind at night or a muscle relaxant to relieve pain that keeps them from staying asleep.  Chinese medicine does not simply sedate or numb your body; rather, it works to balance the organs that are not functioning at an optimal level.
Chinese herbs have many of the same properties of a lot of the Western medications used to treat insomnia.  For example, the herb Ye Jiao Teng has been reported to have an anti-inflammatory and anti-artherosclerogenic effect and exhibits neuroprotective effects in animal studies.  In a separate animal study, the Chinese herb Suan Zao Ren, was shown to have a sedative effect in higher doses and an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effect at lower doses.  There is also promising studies pointing to the main bioactive components of Suan Zao Ren, called saponins, prolonging the sleeping time induced by barbiturates.  Yuan Zhi and Dan Shen also have been shown to have sedative effects while He Huan Hua, Huang Qin, and Huang Lian have reported anxiolytic effects. 
Several studies show that Chinese herbal medicine has effectively improved sleep quality, prolonged sleep duration, and exhibited fewer side effects than Western medicines, but more studies are needed to determine the pharmaco-epidemiologic studies of Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of insomnia.  If you are interested in speaking with us about how a Chinese herbal formula could help you and your sleep patterns, please don’t hesitate and give us a call today!  We would love to help you on your journey to a healthier life, one great night of sleep at a time.
For more ideas on how you can start a healthy sleeping regimen at home TONIGHT, check out the infographic above and try out some of these better sleep suggestions!