Acupuncture Can Treat Insomnia
Studies show, and our experience supports, that acupuncture can treat insomnia. A 2009 article published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, titled Acupuncture for Treatment of Insomnia, evaluated randomized controlled trials for the effectiveness of acupuncture for insomnia. 46 randomized trials involving 3811 patients were reviewed. Randomized, blind, and intention-to-treat trials were included in the evaluation.
When comparing the following against the Pittsburg Sleep Quality index, these were the findings:
- No treatment – No notable improvement.
- Medication – Acupuncture paired with medication is more effective than medication alone.
- Acupuncture and medication – No difference between acupuncture and medications in average sleep duration.
- Acupuncture and herbs – Acupuncture paired with herbs is more effective than herbs alone.
- Acupuncture – It was determined that acupuncture was superior to medications when the number of patients with total sleep duration increased greater than 3 hours.
There were no serious side effects related to acupuncture in the trials. In light of that, we’d like to point out a common side effect we’ve noticed here at Louisville Acupuncture: Our patients report having a deep night’s sleep on the day of their treatment. This is true even when sleep isn’t the reason for their visit.