Acupuncture And The Treatment Of Insomnia by Judith R. Peterson, MD
This is an interesting article. It reviews a number of clinical projects and trials that have treated the condition of insomnia. Its conclusion positively supports and advises that clinicians (practising registered doctors in the USA / Canada) should be aware of the use of acupuncture as a treatment pathway for this condition. It also points out that it is safer rather than medicating someone on potentially addictive medication such as the tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines or melatonin, which has no current safety data. The style of acupuncture is defined by the individual assessment of the client involved, but so far reviews offered in this article focus upon the positive results obtained regardless of style. Importantly follow-up in these small studies have shown therapeutic effect continued past 3 months and up to 18 months in another study. As the author suggests this area requires further research with a good peer to peer review, which we look forward to in the future.