Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome (RLS). Do you have any suggestions for how to resolve these issues?
A: There are two distinct issues here, and they are both interrelated. In both cases, the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) approach is to deal with the stagnant qi. When the qi, also known as the essential energy of the body, stagnates it tends to cause neurological symptoms. With sleep apnea, excess weight can also play a role. I suggest you consult a licensed acupuncturist to determine applicable treatment protocols. You can locate one at www.acupuncture.com