Chinese investigators have found that acupuncture can contribute to a clinically relevant improvement in perimenopausal insomnia (PMI), both subjectively and objectively. Seventy-six perimenopausal women with insomnia received ten sessions of acupuncture at bilateral Shenshu BL-23 and Ganshu BL-18 with unilateral Qimen LIV-14 and Jingmen GB-25, or placebo needling at the same acupoints, over a three week period. After treatment, the decrease from baseline in sleep quality and insomnia severity scores was significantly greater in the acupuncture group compared with the placebo group. Acupuncture treatment also significantly improved sleep efficiency and total sleep time, and was associated with less waking after sleep onset, as well as a shorter transition from being awake to falling asleep. No significant differences from baseline to post-treatment were found in placebo-acupuncture group.
Acupuncture Improves Peri-menopausal Insomnia: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Sleep. 2017 Nov 1;40(11). doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsx153.