For someone looking to relieve their insomnia, the idea of using acupuncture may not come to mind. However, employing traditional Chinese medicine is an excellent option to achieve a good night’s sleep.
Often acupuncture is a last ditch effort, preceded by anything from EEG Neurofeedback to honey-infused tea to pricey ‘smart’ medications. While some may experience these techniques with varying degrees of success, many people report consistent results from one treatment in particular – acupuncture for insomnia. Sometimes the treatments are combined with Chinese herbs for longer lasting results.
Chris Kresser, author of the book ‘The Paleo Cure,’ wrote that many people dismiss acupuncture as it has gathered an undeserving reputation for being a superstitious, snakeoil-esque practice with no solid scientific backing. This idea couldn’t be further from the truth. Acupuncture is not only backed by thousands of years of ancient Chinese medicine, but it also has numerous valid clinical studies backing up its claims of bringing relief to those suffering from insomnia.
Studies: Acupuncture for Insomnia Works
A report released in 2004 stated that acupuncture had been found to increase the production of melatonin and improve sleep time in patients suffering from varying levels of anxiety and depression. Patients undergoing acupuncture treatment were also shown to fall asleep faster, acquire more restful sleep, and were less stressed overall in their day to day activities. The study concluded with the researchers reporting that,
“Acupuncture treatment may be of value for some categories of anxious patients with insomnia.”
A similar study found that acupuncture greatly benefited patients with HIV, among whom restless sleep and sleep disorders are quite common. The study found that after five weeks of individualized sessions of acupuncture, the patient’s sleep quality and time were both dramatically improved.
Additionally, multiple other studies have shown that acupuncture is highly effective for those suffering just from insomnia and without additional medical problems. In 1999, one particular study found that chronic pain relief was another benefit of acupuncture, further extending acupuncture’s case as being a viable method for insomnia treatment.
So, are you wondering how you can start down the path to a restful night’s sleep? First, you must find a qualified acupuncturist. Lastly, give the attempt an honest effort. Try at least three appointments before deciding if it is working for you or not. Everyone’s experience will vary; sometimes the benefits are drastic and immediate, and other times it may take a few visits before you start to feel the effects.
Acupuncture may not be for everyone, but it could very well be the solution you’ve been waiting for to help address your insomnia. If you would like to know more about this issue, or other issues that acupuncture can treat, I welcome you to visit my website. Additionally, if you would like to ask a question directly, you can contact me through the link at the top of the page. I would welcome a conversation.
Dr. Laurie Binder, LAc RNCNP