Insomnia and Acupuncture Research Update

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In a study published by the Journal of Sleep Medicine showing acupuncture is safe and effective treatment for insomnia sufferers. There was 72 patients that composed the group with primary Insomnia. The patients were given 3 treatments for about 4 weeks while wearing a sleep monitor, along with a complete regular questionnaire. The outcomes were measured by the Insomnia Severity index, sleep efficiency, sleep awakenings and total sleep time. The Insomnia sleep index of the patients showed great improvement as did the sleep efficiency and total sleep time. The study provides evidence that acupuncture can be of great help to insomnia sufferers.

Insomnia affects an estimated 32 million people in the US alone. Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by the inability to obtain sufficient sleep, due to difficulty falling asleep or difficulty staying asleep. Insomnia can be acute or chronic. Acute insomnia is brief and can happen because of certain stressful life situations. Chronic insomnia is where sleep is disrupted at least 3 times a week and continues for 3 months or more. Chronic insomnia is the worse of the two to experience. It can lead to fatigue, mental sluggishness, brain fog, irritability, depression, anxiety, excessive worry, difficulty focusing, accidents and even weight gain.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acknowledges the importance of adequate sleep as vital to our bodies and mind. TCM views insomnia as a imbalance of Qi in the body. There are multiple Qi meridians (lines) that run through the body. A person that suffers from insomnia could have an imbalance in one or more meridians. More often then not the imbalance occurs along the heart, liver and kidney meridians. Stress, poor diet and lack of exercise can produce a blockage or stagnation of Qi in the body. This stagnation can create heat and deplete fluids or yin in the body. One of the ways to bring balance back into the body is through acupuncture.


Acupuncture is very effective treating different types of insomnia with none of the toxic side effects associated with medication or sleep aides. The reason is because Acupuncture is customizable to the individual, there may be other benefits you will notice from getting acupuncture.

If you or somebody you know is suffering from insomnia, it might be worth the time to call us at Master Lu’s Health Center in Salt Lake City or come in to help get a better night sleep.