called insomnia, concerning 30 to 40% of the population. Inadequate treatment of insomnia can easily transform an occasional insomniac into a chronic insomniac who quite often will become dependent on the regular use of medication. Obviously any effective drug-free therapy such as acupuncture would therefore be a preferable treatment option.
The many laypeople books on insomnia prove that sleeplessness is a big problem and that people are looking for help aside the Western pharmaceutical possibilities of treatment.
This books offers a lot of information about an only poorly understood problem and a lot of treatment possibilities. It describes a unique treatment approach, using a simple model and a palpational diagnosis based on a channel theory concept. (The TCM pattern differentiation still has its place but secondary.)
The book gives the necessary background, discusses "normal" sleep and sleep disorders, other sleep pathologies, and how to treat these.
Sleep disorders of all kinds are extremely frequent, in particular those