Acupuncture for Insomnia

Insomnia Alleviated With Counseling And Acupuncture A brief counseling treatment consisting of two in-person sessions and two phone calls appears to alleviate insomnia in older adults for at least six months, according to a new Archives of Internal Medicine study. Counseling can also be combined with acupuncture to reharmonize sleep patterns. An estimated 15 to 35 percent of older adults have insomnia. Individuals with the condition have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, non-restorative sleep and symptoms during waking hours that include fatigue, concentration difficulties and mood disturbances. Insomnia is associated with falls and hip fractures among older adults. Even though pharmacologic and behavioral treatment are approximately equally effective, older adults are prescribed hypnotic agents at disproportionate rates and are also more likely than younger individuals to experience adverse drug effects. Daniel Buysse, M.D., of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and colleagues conducted a trial of a brief behavioral treatment involving 79 older adults with insomnia. Thirty-nine received behavioral instruction over four sessions. The other 40 received only general educational material about insomnia and sleep habits. After four weeks, a larger percentage of those receiving the behavioral treatment showed a favorable response than those who received only educational material (67 percent vs. 25 percent) or were no longer classified as having insomnia (55 percent vs. 13 percent). Pharmacologic treatment for insomnia may have adverse side effects, such as drowsiness, falls and injury, disorientation, and the risk of addiction. Acupuncture is a drug-free sleep therapy which can reduce the risk aid of dependence and tolerance. Acupuncture can be utilized as a primary or complementary therapy for the treatment of insomnia. Benefits of acupuncture for insomnia: • Better sleeping patterns. • Improved digestive abilities. • Strengthened immune system. • Reharmonizes the sleep-wake cycle. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for the treatment of insomnia as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Mapping The Effects Of Acupuncture On The Brain

Important recent research about the effects of acupuncture on the brain may provide an understanding of the complex mechanisms of acupuncture and could lead to a wider acceptability of the treatment in conventional health care. The study, by researchers at the University of York and the Hull York Medical School published in Brain Research, indicates that acupuncture has a significant effect on specific neural structures. When a patient receives acupuncture treatment, a sensation called deqi can be obtained; scientific analysis shows that this deactivates areas within the brain that are associated with the processing of pain. “These results provide objective scientific evidence that acupuncture has specific effects within the brain which hopefully will lead to a better understanding of how acupuncture works,” says Hugh MacPherson, M.D., of the Complementary Medicine Research Group in the University’s Department of Health Sciences. Neuroscientist Aziz Asghar, M.D., of the York Neuroimaging Center and the Hull York Medical School, adds, “The results are fascinating. Whether such brain deactivations constitute a mechanism which underlies or contributes to the therapeutic effect of acupuncture is an intriguing possibility.” Recent studies in the US have also shown that acupuncture affects the brain’s ability to regulate pain. Acupuncture increases the binding availability of mu-opioid receptors (MOR) in regions of the brain that process pain signals. Opioid painkiller medications, such as morphine, are believed to work by binding to these opioid brain and spinal cord receptors. The increased binding availability of these receptors stimulated by acupuncture is associated with reductions in pain. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

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