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Acupressure Device Effectively Reduces Insomnia

INSOMNIA, SLEEP DISORDER, ANXIETY - Acupressure, Acupuncture, HT-7, Shen Men

In a double-blind study involving 40 patients with insomnia, treatment with a device which applies pressure to an acupuncture point on the wrist, known to help reduce anxiety and alleviate insomnia, HT-7 (Shen Men), was found to improve quality of sleep and reduce anxiety. Subjects wore the device to sleep for 20 nights (or a placebo). In addition to improvement in symptoms, a higher percentage of subjects who wore the device were found to have normal 24 hours urinary melatonin metabolite rhythm, as compared to those who wore a placebo device. Considering the prevalence of insomnia, and its significant impact on decreasing quality of life, these results are promising, suggesting that wearing this acupressure device may be a safe and effective method for improving quality of sleep in persons with insomnia.

"Efficacy of wrists overnight compression (HT 7 point) on insomniacs: possible role of melatonin?" Nordio M, Romanelli F, et al, Minerva Med, 2008; 99(6): 539-47. (Address: Department of Medical Physiopathology University of Rome ''Sapienza'', Rome, Italy. E-mail: ).

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Acupuncture Relieves Insomnia: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial

Topic: Acupuncture Relieves Insomnia: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial

Keywords: INSOMNIA, SLEEP DISORDERS - Acupuncture, Abdominal Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine

Reference: "Abdominal acupuncture for insomnia in women: a randomized controlled clinical trial," Wang XY, Yuan SH, et al, Acupunct Electrother Res, 2008; 33(1-2): 33-41. (Address: Department of Gynecology, Second Affiliated Hospital, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou 510000, PR China. E-mail: ).

Summary: In a randomized, single-blind study involving 44 women (between the ages of 22 and 56 years) experiencing insomnia, daily treatment with acupuncture for 3 days followed by treatment every three day for the next 11 days was found to significantly relieve insomnia (lowering the score on the Leeds Sleep Evaluation Questionnaire by 26 points). Subjects were randomly assigned to receive either acupuncture or medication (estazolam) plus sham acupuncture. Acupuncture treatment consisted of needling the following abdominal acupuncture points: CV-17, CV-10, CV-4, CV-6, KI-17, ST-24, Xiafengshidian, and Qipang. Even after controlling for potentially confounding factors, the effects of acupuncture continued to be statistically significant. The authors conclude, "Results indicate that short-term abdominal acupuncture is more effective than pharmacological treatment for relieving insomnia in adult women and has few adverse effects."

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