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Research: Insomnia

September 2012
A Comparison Between Acupuncture Versus Zolpidem in the Treatment of Primary Insomnia
Asian Journal of Psychiatry, September 2012, Volume 3, Issue 231, Page 5
BACKGROUND: To determine the relative efficacy of acupuncture and zolpidem in the treatment of primary insomnia, we administered a sleep quality scale to thirty-three patients with primary insomnia randomly chosen to receive one of the two therapies at a psychosomatic clinic. METHODS: A study in the psychosomatic clinic at a teaching hospital in southern Taiwan from November 2007 to November 2008. The 19 patients in acupuncture group underwent one acupuncture session a week. The 14 patients in the control group took zolpidem 1# (10mg) every night. Members of both groups returned to our clinic once a week for four weeks. The main outcome measure was the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). RESULTS: Both groups were found to have improved significantly... [and] both groups improved over time at a similar rate. CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture might be used as an alternative strategy compared to zolpidem for the treatment of primary insomnia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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