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Treating Insomnia Using Acupuncture

They describe the clinical therapeutic effect of acupuncture regulating "double vitality" for treatment of insomnia, and to enrich the therapeutic principle and the idea of acupoint selection. The main symptoms and the syndromes of insomnia were assessed and analyzed. After treatment for 4 courses, the total effective rate was 88.2%, and the time falling asleep was significantly shortened and the sleeping time was prolonged and also the syndromes induced by insomnia were significantly improved. They concluded that Acupuncture for regulating "double vitality" can significantly improve the sleeping quality of the insomnia patients and the complications.

-- Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2009 May;29(5):371-3. Clinical observation on acupuncture regulating "double vitality" for treatment of insomnia.

The objective of this research was to determine the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in people with insomnia. Based on the findings from individual trials, the review suggested that acupuncture and acupressure may help to improve sleep quality scores when compared to placebo. However, the efficacy of acupuncture or its variants was inconsistent between studies for many sleep parameters, such as sleep onset latency, total sleep duration and wake after sleep onset. The combined result from three studies reporting subjective insomnia improvement showed that acupuncture or its variants was not more significantly effective than control. The small number of randomised controlled trials, together with the poor methodological quality and significant clinical heterogeneity, means that the current evidence is not sufficiently extensive or rigorous to support the use of any form of acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia. Larger high quality clinical trials employing appropriate randomisation concealment and blinding with longer follow-up are needed to further investigate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia.

-- Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007 Jul 18;(3):CD005472. Acupuncture for insomnia.Cheuk DK, Yeung WF, Chung KF, Wong V.

This study evaluated the therapeutic effects of needle-rolling therapy for chronic insomnia. The treatment course for both the two groups was 4 weeks. As compared with hypnotics of the second generation, the needle-rolling therapy may show better therapeutic effects for chronic insomnia patients.

-- J Tradit Chin Med. 2009 Mar;29(1):19-23. The needle-rolling therapy for treatment of non-organic chronic insomnia in 90 cases.Huang LS, Wang DL, Wang CW, Hu YP, Zhou JW, Li N.

The results of this review suggest that acupuncture may be an effective intervention for the relief of insomnia. Further research, using a randomized clinical trial design, are necessary to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture. More work is also needed to promote the long-term therapeutic effects of acupuncture and to compare it with other therapies for insomnia.

-- J Adv Nurs. 2003 Nov;44(4):375-84. Effects of acupuncture therapy on insomnia.Sok SR, Erlen JA, Kim KB.

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