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Penetration needling on complementary acupoints for insomnia


To observe the comparison of the clinical efficacy between penetration needling from Nèiguān (PC 6) to Wàiguān (TE 5) and western medicine estazolam for insomnia.

Sixty insomnia patients were divided into 2 groups according to the random number table, 30 cases in each group. Penetration needling from PC 6 to TE 5 was mainly adopted in acupuncture group for once a day, 5 times a week, and treatment for 4 weeks was 1 course of treatment. Estazolam was orally given in medicine group before sleep every night in a dosage of 1 mg per time, and treatment for 4 weeks was 1 course of treatment. After 4 weeks, the clinical efficacy and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) score were compared respectively between the two groups.

The total effective rate was 90.00% in acupuncture group and 63.33% in medicine group, and the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). PSQI score in acupuncture group was (7.93±3.77), which was superior to that in medicine group (10.60±4.20), and the difference between the two groups was statistically significant (P<0.05).

The penetration needling of complementary acupoints from PC 6 to TE 5 was simple and convenient which can significantly improve the patients’ sleep quality.

Author links open overlay panel YuanYINa  Ya-pingZHANGb  Zhi-xinYANG  Jiao-yingLIa

https://doi.org/10.1016/S1003-5257(18)30004-7 Get rights and content