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Article: Auricular acupuncture treatment for insomnia: A systematic review

TitleAuricular acupuncture treatment for insomnia: A systematic review
Authors
Issue Date2007
PublisherMary Ann Liebert, Inc Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.liebertpub.com/acm
Citation
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2007, v. 13, n. 6, p. 669-676 How to Cite?
AbstractObjectives: To review trials on the efficacy and safety of auricular acupuncture (AA) treatment for insomnia and to identify the most commonly used auricular acupoints for treating insomnia in the studies via a frequency analysis. Data sources: The international electronic databases searched included: (1) AMED; (2) the Cochrane library; (3) CINAHL; (4) EMBASE; and (5) MEDLINE.® Chinese electronic databases searched included: (1) VIP Information; (2) CBMdisc; and (3) CNKI. Study selection: Any randomized controlled trials using AA as an intervention without using any co-interventions for insomnia were included. Studies using AA versus no treatment, placebo, sham AA, or Western medicine were included. Data extraction: Two (2) independent reviewers were responsible for data extraction and assessment. The efficacy of AA was estimated by the relative risk (RR) using a meta-analysis. Results: Eight hundred and seventy eight (878) papers were searched. Six (6) trials (402 treated with AA among 673 participants) that met the inclusion criteria were retrieved. A meta-analysis showed that AA was chosen with a higher priority among the treatment subjects than among the controls (p < 0.05). The recovery and improvement rates produced by AA was significantly higher than those of diazepam (p < 0.05). The rate of success was higher when AA was used for enhancement of sleeping hours up to 6 hours in treatment subjects (p < 0.05). The efficacy of using Semen vaccariae ear seeds was better than that of the controls (p < 0.01); while magnetic pearls did not show statistical significance (p = 0.28). Six (6) commonly used auricular acupoints were Shenmen (100%), Heart (83.33%), Occiput (66.67%), Subcortex (50%), Brain and Kidney (each 33.33%, respectively). Conclusions: AA appears to be effective for treating insomnia. Because the trials were low quality, further clinical trials with higher design quality, longer duration of treatment, and longer follow-up should be conducted. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/199957
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.395
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.475
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dc.contributor.authorChen, Hai-Yong-
dc.contributor.authorShi, Yan-
dc.contributor.authorNg, ChiSun-
dc.contributor.authorChan, SaiMan-
dc.contributor.authorYung, Ken Kin Lam-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, QingLing-
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-26T23:10:57Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-26T23:10:57Z-
dc.date.issued2007-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2007, v. 13, n. 6, p. 669-676-
dc.identifier.issn1075-5535-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/199957-
dc.description.abstractObjectives: To review trials on the efficacy and safety of auricular acupuncture (AA) treatment for insomnia and to identify the most commonly used auricular acupoints for treating insomnia in the studies via a frequency analysis. Data sources: The international electronic databases searched included: (1) AMED; (2) the Cochrane library; (3) CINAHL; (4) EMBASE; and (5) MEDLINE.® Chinese electronic databases searched included: (1) VIP Information; (2) CBMdisc; and (3) CNKI. Study selection: Any randomized controlled trials using AA as an intervention without using any co-interventions for insomnia were included. Studies using AA versus no treatment, placebo, sham AA, or Western medicine were included. Data extraction: Two (2) independent reviewers were responsible for data extraction and assessment. The efficacy of AA was estimated by the relative risk (RR) using a meta-analysis. Results: Eight hundred and seventy eight (878) papers were searched. Six (6) trials (402 treated with AA among 673 participants) that met the inclusion criteria were retrieved. A meta-analysis showed that AA was chosen with a higher priority among the treatment subjects than among the controls (p < 0.05). The recovery and improvement rates produced by AA was significantly higher than those of diazepam (p < 0.05). The rate of success was higher when AA was used for enhancement of sleeping hours up to 6 hours in treatment subjects (p < 0.05). The efficacy of using Semen vaccariae ear seeds was better than that of the controls (p < 0.01); while magnetic pearls did not show statistical significance (p = 0.28). Six (6) commonly used auricular acupoints were Shenmen (100%), Heart (83.33%), Occiput (66.67%), Subcortex (50%), Brain and Kidney (each 33.33%, respectively). Conclusions: AA appears to be effective for treating insomnia. Because the trials were low quality, further clinical trials with higher design quality, longer duration of treatment, and longer follow-up should be conducted. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherMary Ann Liebert, Inc Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.liebertpub.com/acm-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine-
dc.rightsThis is a copy of an article published in the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine © 2007 copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.; Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine is available online at: http://www.liebertonline.com-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleAuricular acupuncture treatment for insomnia: A systematic review-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1089/acm.2006.6400-
dc.identifier.pmid17718650-
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dc.identifier.hkuros232079-
dc.identifier.volume13-
dc.identifier.issue6-
dc.identifier.spage669-
dc.identifier.epage676-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000249219400011-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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