Acupuncture insomnia (poor sleep) therapy
Acupuncture insomnia treatment has moderate level evidence supporting the use of acupuncture insomnia therapy to help correct poor sleep patterns.
What is the history behind acupuncture insomnia therapy and what is the Chinese medicine diagnosis?
Acupuncture insomnia therapy is well covered in the classical texts which underpin Chinese medicine.
Chinese medicine diagnosis relies on careful identification and classification of signs and symptoms of your insomnia or poor sleep. Chinese medicine diagnosis involves the asking of specific questions around the type of insomnia you are experiencing.
These questions may include whether you fall asleep and wake up, have trouble falling asleep but then sleep alright or whether you wake in the wee hours of the morning. Other considerations may include stressors in your life.
The precise physiological mechanism behind the effectiveness of acupuncture insomnia therapy remains unclear.
Does acupuncture directly treat my poor sleep or insomnia
Acupuncture for insomnia and poor sleep involves the practitioner constructing the Chinese medicine diagnosis and then applying acupuncture to support that diagnosis.
The Chinese medicine diagnosis for poor sleep and insomnia is unique to the individual and specific to the signs and symptoms. It is this patterns of signs and symptoms to which acupuncture is targeted.
What is the source of evidence to support acupuncture insomnia and poor sleep therapy?
Across 2016 and early 2017, Australian researchers conducted a review of the highest evidence possible to support the use of acupuncture insomnia therapy [i]. This evidence included systematic reviews and meta analyses which are the highest form of available evidence.
What evidence is there to support acupuncture for insomnia and poor sleep?
There is moderate evidence to support acupuncture therapy for people presenting with:
- Insomnia of a general nature which may be due to a variety of factors including stress, anxiety, depression or even blocked sinuses or indigestion at night
- Insomnia associated with the peri menopause
- Insomnia associated with the post menopause
What if my condition isn’t listed on this page?
All that means is that there hasn’t been enough research to officially say, “yep it helps”. Before deciding whether acupuncture insomnia therapy is for you, feel free to give Peter a call to chat about your individual circumstances and his experience or knowledge of your problem
[i] MacDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (revised evition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017. [accessed 21 February, 2018 from https://www.acupuncture.org.au/resources/publications/the-acupuncture-evidence-project-a-comparative-literature-review-2017/]