Acupuncture outperforms drug for Insomnia
Recently published research by Zhejiang Chinese Medical University finds Acupuncture more effective than a powerful drug for improving sleep duration, quality, latency, efficiency, and daytime functioning. Acupuncture achieved a 92.9% total effective rate and the drug zopiclone achieved a 67.9% total effective rate.
Zopiclone is a central nervous system depressant used for helping patients fall asleep and maintaining sleep throughout the night. The Zhejiang Chinese Medical University research indicates acupuncture is more effective than zopiclone for improving these sleep parameters. Zopiclone is limited to short term use because patients develop dependence, risking possibility of addiction. Consequently, withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of benzodiazepines. The research indicates that acupuncture is an effective alternative without the adverse effects associated with drug intake.
A total of 112patients with primary insomnia were randomised into an acupuncture group and a zopiclone group.
Zopiclone was administered in 7.5mg doses, once per day for 30 days. Acupuncture had the following points inserted with 0.25mm diameter, 40mm length filiform acupuncture needles:
Primary points were Baihui (GV20), Sishencong (EX-HN1), Anmian (extra point of GB-20 and Yiming. Secondary acupuncture points were added based on diagnostic considerations.
Extract from an article published by healthcmi.com