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Acupuncture for insomnia

Cheuk DKL, Yeung W-F, Chung K, Wong V
Published Online: 
12 September 2012

Although conventional non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments for insomnia are effective in many people, alternative therapies such as acupuncture are widely practised. This review was conducted to examine the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in treating insomnia. Thirty-three randomised controlled trials were eligible for inclusion in the review, involving 2293 participants. We considered all studies to have a high risk of bias. They were diverse in the types of participants, acupuncture treatments and sleep outcome measures used, which limited our ability to draw reliable conclusions. Currently there is a lack of high-quality clinical evidence to inform us about the efficacy and safety of acupuncture.

This record should be cited as: 
Cheuk DKL, Yeung W-F, Chung K, Wong V. Acupuncture for insomnia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD005472. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005472.pub3
Assessed as up to date: 
13 October 2011