Acupuncturist Jeremy Rothenberg says goodnight to insomnia, sleeping pills

The San Francisco acupuncturist says that acupuncture and Chinese herbs are safer and more effective for sleep disorders.
(PR NewsChannel) / March 20, 2012 / SAN FRANCISCO 
Jeremy Rothenberg

Jeremy Rothenberg

Jeremy Rothenberg, a nationally certified diplomate in oriental medicine and a nationally licensed acupuncturist, says that amid increasing doubts about the safety of prescription sleeping pills, acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been found to provide a safe and effective treatment for insomnia and sleep disorders.

The New York Times (“New Worries about Sleeping Pills,” March 12, 2012), reported that a study at the Viterbi Family Sleep Center at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, found that those taking prescription sleeping aids on a regular basis were nearly five times as likely as non-users to die over a two and a half year period. Heavy sleeping pill users were more likely to develop side effects including cancer, severe allergic reactions, breathing problems, depression and affected judgment and behavior. The article didn’t just speak of heavy users either; individuals prescribed 20 pills or fewer per year were also at risk. 

Earlier studies in Canada (2010) and Norway (2007) have reported similar results.

Rothenberg, who treats patients with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, cites a study previously published in Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences (2008) which found acupuncture to be a “simple and useful treatment for insomnia, with a success rate of around 90 percent.” 

Acupuncture is also known to influence hormone production. According to a 2004 study reported by Psychiatry Online, five weeks of acupuncture treatment was associated with a significant increase in melatonin, an important hormone for sleep regulation. 

“According to Chinese medicine, insomnia is due to imbalances in the body’s energy system,” Rothenberg says. “This is generally brought upon by diet, stress and other lifestyle choices. Acupuncture regulates the body’s energy so that rest is achieved naturally.”

The San Francisco acupuncturist prescribes Chinese herbal medicines as a complement to acupuncture treatment in accordance with a patient’s particular diagnosis.

“Herbal medicines are not sleeping pills,” Rothenberg emphasizes. “They work in a holistic way to nourish what is weak and remove what is too strong in the body. There are no side effects from herbal medicine.”

Rothenberg’s “7 Steps for a Better Night’s Sleep” and more information about insomnia and sleep disorders may be found at

About Jeremy Rothenberg: Jeremy Rothenberg is nationally certified as a diplomate of oriental medicine (Dipl.OM) and a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the state of California. He received a master’s from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and two CMT certifications from the Institute of Conscious Bodywork and ACTCM. Rothenberg’s San Francisco-based practice offers acupuncture, Somatic Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese massage.

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