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Can acupuncture help treat insomnia?

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Acupuncture is often used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of insomnia. This procedure involves the insertion of very fine needles (sometimes in combination with electrical stimulus or with heat produced by burning specific herbs) into the skin at specific acupuncture points in order to influence the functioning of the body.

The results of recent studies have shown acupuncture improved sleep quality in people with insomnia. However, additional research is needed.

From: Alternative Treatments for Insomnia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive database.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 11, 2017

SOURCES:  National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive database.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 11, 2017

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