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Intradermal acupuncture on shen-men and nei-kuan acupoints in patients with insomnia after stroke

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Title

Intradermal acupuncture on shen-men and nei-kuan acupoints in patients with insomnia after stroke

Journal Publication

The American journal of Chinese medicine

Date

2004

volume

32(5)

pages

771-778

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Fixed Acupuncture Protocol
Intradermal Needles
Non Penetrating Sham, Mechanical
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
TCM Acupuncture Style
Verum Acupoint Control
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorder

Abstract

This is the first study that focuses on the effects of intradermal acupuncture on insomnia after stroke. We enrolled hospitalized stroke patients with insomnia and assigned them into a real intradermal acupuncture group (RA group) or a sham acupuncture group (SA group) by randomization. The RA group received intradermal acupuncture on shen-men (He-7) and nei-kuan (EH-6) for 2 days, and the SA group received sham acupuncture on the same points. The effectiveness was measured by the Morning Questionnaire (MQ), Insomnia Severity Index (ISI), and Athens Insomnia Scale (AIS). These scales were examined by an independent, blinded neurologist before, and 1 and 2 days after treatment, repeatedly. Thirty subjects (15 in the RA group and 15 in the SA group) were included in the final analysis. The RA group showed more improvement on insomnia than the SA group. Repeated measures analysis detected that there were significant between-subjects effects in the MQ, the ISI and the AIS. In conclusion, we suggest that intradermal acupuncture on shen-men and nei-kuan is a useful treatment for post stroke-onset insomnia

Frequency of Treatment

N/A

Time in Treatment

2 Days

has health condition studied

Sleep Disorders

has study population number

30

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