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Is Acupressure for Insomnia Effective?

Is Acupressure for Insomnia Effective?

ANSWER:

Numerous studies have proven the efficacy of using acupressure in treating insomnia.

The problem of insomnia or habitual sleeplessness is widespread among adults, with almost forty percent of adults having this condition. Hence, the need to diagnose the various types of insomnia became necessary, as was the need to provide alternative treatments for this condition apart from over-the-counter and prescription medication, which often have side effects.

How Acupressure Works?

Acupressure stimulation is a highly recommended treatment for insomnia sufferers. Not only is it a natural form of treatment, but is a very effective one as well. Insomnia is often related with anxiety, and acupressure is an effective way to treat both anxiety and insomnia.

Recent Studies

Study Title:Acupuncture for insomnia

Journal:Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; 2007 Jul 18;(3):CD005472

Study Group: University of Hong Kong, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China

Results: Individuals who suffered from insomnia and between the ages of fifteen to ninety-eight were given acupressure treatments, along with other kinds of acupuncture such as auricular magnetic and seed therapy and transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation. The results of the study show that the acupressure treatments helped to improve the subjects’ sleep quality scores. The benefits of using acupressure therapy in treating insomnia were not only immediate, but long lasting as well. The participants in the above-mentioned study were able to improve their sleep quality scores beyond the treatment period for up to two weeks.

Study Title: Efficacy of HT 7 point acupressure stimulation in the treatment of insomnia in cancer patients and in patients suffering from disorders other than cancer.

Journal: Minerva Medica; 2008 Dec;99(6):535-7.

Study Group: Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Milan, Italy

Results: Sixty percent of all the patients who were given acupressure therapy were able to improve their quality of sleep, particularly those who had insomnia due to cancer. A third study shows that patients who received “H7-insomnia control” treatments, wherein an acupressure device was positioned on the patients’ HT7 points, showed lower levels of anxiety after the acupressure treatments. Apart from improving reducing the patients’ anxiety levels, the incidence of insomnia in the subjects was reduced as well.

 

REFERENCES:

Cheuk, D. K., and W. F. Yeung. “Acupuncture for Insomnia.”Cochrane Database System Review 18.3 (2007). PubMed.gov. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Web. 22 Nov. 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17636800>.

“Acupressure Found Effective for Addressing Insomnia.” Massage Magazine Exploring Today’s Touch Therapies. Web. 22 Nov. 2010. http://www.massagemag.com/News/massage-news.php?id=9980&catid=acupressure-found-effect ive-for-addressing-insomnia&title=.

Cerrone, R., L. Giani, and G. Messina. “Efficacy of HT 7 Point Acupressure Stimulation in the Treatment of Insomnia in Cancer Patients and in Patients Suffering From Disorders Other Than Cancer.” Minerva Medicine 99.6 (2008): 535-37. PubMed.gov. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Web. 22 Nov. 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19034252.

Ringdahl, Erika N. “Treatment of Primary Insomnia.” Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 17 (2004): 212-19. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Web. 22 Nov. 2010. http://www.jabfm.org/cgi/content/full/17/3/212.

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