Acupuncture and insomnia

There is evidence that acupunture helps the treatment of chronic insomnia.  A 2009 study, published in Sleep Medicine Review from Emory University in Atlanta, reviewed 30 studies or clinical trials on the effect of acupuncture and insomnia and found a positive treatment effect in terms of improving various aspects of sleep. This study recommends further high quality research, nonetheless.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture for several medical illnesses as complementary to western treatment. These conditions include  pain, headaches, allergies, cancer and alcoholism.

What is acupuncture—how does it work? It is a treatment in the traditional Chinese medicine that involves the use of very thin needles inserted at various points on the body that is believed to alter the flow of energy such that it treats a variety of illnesses.

It originated at least 2,500 years ago in China. Legend says that acupunture was developed because Chinese physicians noted desirable effects in punctured wounds in returning fighters or warriors. It is important to note that Chinese medicine includes not only acupunture but also herbal treatment, lifestyle changes exercise to produce the desired healthy effects. In the United States, there are nearly 9,000 practitioners with over 15 millions Americans using this therapy for a number of illnesses.