New research shows acupuncture improves sleep and reduces stress and depression. This stress sleep acupuncture research study was published in the journal Neuroscience Letters. It was randomized and placebo controlled. The researchers concluded that “the rigorous methodology employed in this study ensured the reliability of the results concerning the improved sleep quality and relaxation effects involved with acupuncture.”
Stress Sleep Acupuncture Research
Acupuncture improved the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) scores, showing significant sleep quality improvements. In addition, the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) measured substantial clinical improvements.
Real acupuncture showed significant positive patient outcomes in sleep quality and reduction of both depression and stress. The researchers continued, “No significant changes were observed in the placebo group.” Strict controls were used during the study to “demonstrate the real effects of acupuncture.”
Acupuncture was administered to elderly patients in a hospital outpatient setting. Licensed acupuncturists performed the treatments while patients rested in a face-up position on a table. Acupuncture was given twice a week for 25 minutes each time. Each patient received 10 acupuncture treatments.
Sterile, single-use, hair thin acupuncture needles were applied to the following acupuncture points:
Raleigh Acupuncture Note: These acupuncture points are very effective in treating sleep and stress. We use them all the time in our clinic with great success.
Manual needle stimulation was applied to the needles during each acupuncture treatment. For the placebo-controlled sham (fake) acupuncture group, acupuncture needles were applied to areas of the body not associated with classic acupuncture points as defined by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In addition, the placebo-controlled group’s needles were applied to a superficial depth without needle stimulation.
Supports Similar Study Results
This acupuncture point prescription choice was similar to another recent study. The researchers note that Sun et al. used acupuncture points including ST36, SP6, PC6, and LV3 in an investigation of acupuncture’s effects on major depressive disorder (MDD). Sun et al. “found similar antidepressant effects of electroacupuncture (EA) as compared to Prozac-treated patients.”
The researchers commented that electroacupuncture “had a faster onset of action, better response rate, and better improvement rate than Prozac, indicating that acupuncture can be a good intervention method for reducing psychological distress and depressive symptoms, promoting relaxation and well-being.”
While Sun et al. used electroacupuncture and this stress sleep acupuncture research study employed manual acupuncture stimulation, the similar good results demonstrate that both techniques have positive therapeutic value in the treatment of depression.
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Zuppa, Carina, Carine H. do Prado, Andrea Wieck, Aline Zaparte, Andressa Barbosa, and Moisés Evandro Bauer. “Acupuncture for sleep quality, BDNF levels and immunosenescence: A randomized controlled study.” Neuroscience letters 587 (2015): 35-40.
Sun, Hua, Hui Zhao, Chi Ma, Fei Bao, Jie Zhang, Dao-hai Wang, Yun-xiang Zhang, and Wei He. “Effects of Electroacupuncture on Depression and the Production of Glial Cell Line–Derived Neurotrophic Factor Compared with Fluoxetine: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 19, no. 9 (2013): 733-739.
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I haven’t slept well for 20 years. That all changed when I was treated at Raleigh Acupuncture for my insomnia. They said it would take 12 treatments, so I took a leap of faith and tried it. I saw changes start to happen after just a few treatments. Over the course of three months I was able to sleep better and better. I weaned myself off of Ambien, and am now sleeping like a baby again. I never thought I’d see the day! It really worked. And guess what? I’ve got more energy now. Imagine that – a good night sleep gives you more energy! Rocket science! Thanks guys!
I was feeling depressed and stressed because I didn’t like my job and didn’t know what to do with my life. I started taking Lexipro but it really affected my libido so I stopped taking it. I tried acupuncture because my husband said it helped him when he was depressed years earlier (before he met me!) I went to Raleigh Acupuncture and started treatments. They were really knowledgeable about Chinese medicine and explained how the body gets stuck in depression, and how the acupuncture gets the body unstuck. They really listened to me and helped me figure stuff out. I started feeling less depressed. Then I actually started getting more clear about what I wanted to do with my life career-wise. I decided to go back to school and now I’m almost done with my degree. I haven’t felt depressed at all since I was treated and I’m really excited about my life. I’m very grateful to them for being such great healers and such a great support to me when I really needed it.
Thank you for your gentle healing spirit. May God bless you as you help others in the healing methods of acupuncture.. My sessions for stress relief were very helpful. In gratitude.
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