Acupuncture can often be helpful in the treatment of insomnia


Insomnia is a very common sleep complaint .Approximately 10-20% of the general population suffer from some form of insomnia,which is often accompanied by distress and daytime impairment.The treatment of insomnia using drugs is a potential concern as abuse,dependence and adverse side effects are common.
Acupuncture alone or combined with ear acupuncture are amongst the safest and most popular of the complementary therapies used in the treatment of insomnia.
A recent clinical trial published by a group at the department of psychiatry in Hong Kong showed that acupuncture was safe, acceptable to patients and associated with improvements in insomnia,anxiety and depressive symptoms and daytime sleepiness for up to 13 weeks after treatment.