Bruxism refers to the excessive grinding of teeth and/or the excessive clenching of the jaw. Bruxism is a common problem amongst teenagers and children, due to uncontrollable molar habits, such as the lack of symmetry between teeth, and gastrointestinal diseases.
Bruxism is identifiable by an often loud and long grinding sound, and can cause tooth damage, varying degrees of soreness in the gums, and disturb sleeping patterns. Bruxism can also be attributed to emotional or excessive stress, fatigue and ideological pressure. At Hui Kang Kin, we advocate specially designed TCM diets with delicately picked herbs in order to treat this condition.
Night terrors are often suffered by children, where sufferers will be roused from sleep with panic or fearful expression, screaming, rapid breathing and perspiration. Patients would dream of imminent threat or danger which they would try to defend themselves against, leading to elaborate movements such as punching, swinging or fleeing actions. Patients might have open eyes but not be awake, and often not conscious of the dream or the experience.
Nocturia is a condition categorised by frequent disturbances from sleep to urinate. Although reducing the intake of water before going to bed can reduce the necessity to urinate during sleep, this may not be a total cure for nocturia. Nocturia can severely affect the quality of sleep of sufferers, causing damage to health and tiredness throughout the day.
The main cause of this condition is known as nocturnal polyuria, and can be caused by dietary factors, drug toxicity or side effects, heart failure, diuretics, untreated diabetic conditions or renal failure.
Sleep Apnea is respiratory arrest lasting longer than 10 seconds during a nights sleep, resulting in the body going into a hypoxic state due to decreased oxygen in the blood. If sleep apnea occurs frequently, i.e. 5 to 30 times each hour over seven hours of sleep, there can be serious consequences.
The interruption to respiratory airflow occurring in sleep apnea will often lead to patients experiencing repeated arousal from sleep and endangers various body systems. In severe cases, blockages in the airway can also cause suffocations resulting in death.
We have used a combination of various TCM methods including herbal treatment to successfully treat several cases of sleep apnea.
Chronic insomnia, where the patient is unable to sleep for sustained and healthy periods of time, is a serious medical condition requiring suitable treatment. The lack of sleep can cause irritability and frustration over trivial issues, alongside health issues and severe tiredness. In TCM clinical practice, poor quality sleep can be the result of a person’s mood or emotional instability, and affect the operation of the liver.
Hui Kang Kin has a variety of solutions to insomnia, including herbs, acupuncture, voltaic acupressure transfer (VTA) and massage therapy. You can find out more on each of these practices by visiting their individual pages on our website.