The modern practice of traditional Chinese medicine brings together many thousands of years of medicine practiced in China including the use of Chinese medicine for curing insomnia naturally. The term ‘traditional Chinese medicine’ is a relatively modern term first used by the People’s Republic of China during the 1950s when the country was attempting to build a substantial export trade for its time honored medicines and practices.Today, traditional Chinese medicine does not simply encompass medicinal products, but also includes such things as herbal preparations and a range of practices including acupuncture and massage. The basis of Chinese medicine is that the human body functions as the result of a number of interrelated processes which are in constant interaction with our environment. As long as these processes remain in balance you are healthy. However, if these processes are not running alongside one another smoothly, then your health will suffer.There are a number of different philosophies which govern the practice of Chinese medicine including such things as the theory of Yin-Yang, the role of the five elements (earth, water, fire, wood and metal), the flow of energy through the meridians of the body and the interaction between the organs of the body as described in the theory of Zang-Fu.For many years there has been considerable conflict between those who follow traditional Chinese medical practices and those who believe in the science-based practice of western medicine. Today however Chinese medicine, along with other forms of Asian and Oriental medicine, is increasingly being accepted in the west and today we commonly refer to such practices as alternative medicine.For many millions of sufferers, herbal remedies have long proved to be effective in curing insomnia, or in relieving insomnia symptoms, and such things as chamomile, lavender, lemon balm and passion flower have long been known for their medicinal properties. There cannot be many insomnia sufferers who have not taken a drink of hot honey with lemon balm before retiring for the night.An increasing number of people are also turning to acupuncture or, for those who don’t fancy the idea of needles, acupressure. Both arts have been practiced for centuries and the principles were born out of the traditional Chinese practice of adjusting the energy within the body by controlling its flow along the meridian lines.Despite its growing acceptance there are still many people who are wary of Chinese medicine but anyone who has experienced it in action, particularly those of us who have been fortunate enough to spend time living in the Far East, will certainly vouch for its effectiveness.If you suffer from insomnia then using Chinese medicine for curing insomnia naturally is one route which you should consider seriously.