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Auricular acupuncture versus sham acupuncture in the treatment of women suffering from insomnia
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences. (Omvårdnad)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3907-2197
Landstinget Västernorrland.
Landstinget Västernorrland.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, ISSN 1075-5535, E-ISSN 1557-7708, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 39-46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Improvement in sleep parameters in relation to acupuncture treatment is often found and referredto as being a positive side-effect in the treatment of other illnesses. There is a lack of randomized studies,which primarily study the direct effect of acupuncture on sleep.Objectives: To investigate whether or not auricular acupuncture has an effect on sleep parameters amongpeople with insomnia.Design: A single-blind, randomized pilot study where the treatment group received auricular acupuncturetreatment (AAT) on active points and the control group received AAT on sham points during a 6-week treatmentperiod.Setting: Participants were recruited from the psychiatric outpatient clinics in the geographical area connectedto a local hospital in central Sweden.Subjects: In all, 28 women were included in the study, with 14 in each group. Their mean and median agewas 53 years.Outcome Measures: Sleep parameters were obtained by using the Karolinska Sleep Diary.Results: No statistically significant differences were observed between the groups relating to parameters associatedwith the definition of insomnia. The treatment group experienced that it was easier to wake up in themorning compared with the control group (repeated-measures analysis of variance, p 0.04). Both groupsshowed a statistically significant recovery in subjective sleep parameters during the study period (weeks 1–6)compared with baseline values (week 0).Conclusions: Only modest evidence was found supporting the hypothesis that AAT may have an effect oninsomnia. Least improvements were found in total sleep time and number of awakenings, 2 parameters directlyassociated with the definition of insomnia. AAT may have a role in the treatment of insomnia, especially incombination with other treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy. This study provides an example of how to perform studies using alternative therapies for sleep disorders.

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Mary Ann Liebert Inc Publishers , 2008. Vol. 14, no 1, p. 39-46
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acupuncture, auricular, insomnia, sleep disorder
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-10566DOI: 10.1089/acm.2007.0544OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-10566DiVA, id: diva2:279800
Available from: 2009-12-07 Created: 2009-12-07 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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