Acupuncture benefits sleep

Monday, December 17, 2018

Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers find acupuncture effective for the treatment of insomnia. Their controlled laboratory investigation finds acupuncture effective for the regulation of sleep latency and duration. In addition, the researchers identified important biological responses elicited by acupuncture responsible for its effective actions.

In a quantification of acupuncture’s mechanisms, the research team of Wu et al. identified biochemical responses elicited by the application of three acupuncture point prescriptions. Baihui (GV20) plus Shenmen (HT7), Baihui plus Sanyinjiao (SP6), and Baihui plus a non-acupuncture point increased levels of 5-HT 1a receptor mRNA while decreasing levels of 5-HT 2a receptor mRNA in the hypothalamus of insomnia model rats. The researchers conclude, “Although all three acupuncture prescriptions produced positive outcomes, Baihui plus Shenmen produced the most significant results.”

Acupuncturist Angela Wallis has more than eight years experience successfully treating a wide range of health problems. Clinics in Eastbourne and Polegate.

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