Americans are loving the TV personality, Doctor Oz. Why? He's become a source of easily understandable medical information. I appreciate that Dr. Oz brings up the subject of Alternative Medicine and alternative practitioners. I mean come on, Acupuncturists have been legal medical practitioners in California for some 30 years now. Nearly all states now have Licensed Acupuncturists (state license) or Certified Acupuncturists by a National Certification Commission.
Recently the Dr. Oz show did a segment on alternative health for sleep problems. Doctor Oz brought on his show, Dr. David Katz to represent traditional medicine, Dr. Hyla Cass- an Integrative Medicine Specialist, and Dr. Maoshing Ni (or Dr. Mao) – a doctor of Chinese Medicine. Dr. Mao is author of Secrets of Self-Healing: Harness Nature’s Power to Heal Common Ailments, Boost Your Vitality,and Achieve Optimum Wellness and Second Spring: Dr. Mao’s Hundreds of Natural Secrets for Women to Revitalize and Regenerate at Any Age. Dr. Hyla Cass is author of Eight Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women to Correct Imbalances, Reclaim Energy and Restore Well-Being.
In Dr. Mao's words a good night sleep can be had for those who learn how to bridge the mind and body gap. Dr. Mao has a breathing device that helps you reach a meditative state so that you can fall asleep.
Dr. David Katz talked about stress management and how that helps with sleep problems. Insomnia can be caused by anxiety disorders. Most MD's today will often send patients who cannot sleep to a formal sleep study so that things like sleep apnea and other disturbances in their sleep patterns can be detected.
Dr. Hyla Cass said that L-Tryptophan enhances serotonin, which helps you to sleep. Also, GABA which is a brain neurotransmitter that allows us to relax.
What Dr. Oz hasn't yet brought to his show is an expert to discuss Chinese herbal medicine. He skirted the issue a bit with Chris Kilham, The Medicine Hunter who made an herbal energy shake on the show. But I do believe that was as close as he came to discussing Chinese herbs or other herbs for health benefits. Dr. Mao is certainly more than qualified to discuss Chinese herbs, yet he didn't mention them for sleep aids even though he sells Chinese herb sleep aids in his clinic. These three experts Dr. Mao, Dr. Katz and Dr. Hayla all promoted falling asleep naturally without drugs. Quiet your mind, allow your body to relax and your release the stressed out state of anxiety. I'm surprised Dr Oz doesn't mention Chinese herbs can help you do all three of these suggestions. In fact, it's exactly what the herbs in iSleep Herb Pac help you accomplish.
I challenge Dr. Oz to go the next step and include some presentation on Alternative Medicine's on his show, not just Alternative Medicine Practitioners such as Acupuncturist. Surely he realizes that Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture also relies on the healing powers of Chinese herbal medicine?