Here is a new study just released comparing acupuncture to medication. Guess which one wins?
Acupuncture outperforms drug therapy for the treatment of insomnia. Hangzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers compared the efficaciousness of auricular acupuncture with estazolam drug therapy for the treatment of insomnia in senior citizens. Estazolam achieved an 82.9% total effective rate and auricular acupuncture achieved a 91.4% total effective rate. Acupuncture outperformed drug therapy for the improvement of sleep quality, duration, and daytime functioning. Results were determined by analysis of Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) scores.
Source: Acupuncture Beats Drug For Insomnia Relief
Insomnia is more common than you might think, at least 30% of people experience insomnia at some point in their lives.
Several facts to think about.
If you’re not sleeping you’re not healing.
In this part of the world, productivity is everything, often to our detriment. People work long hours, make lots of sacrifices and tend to be over-scheduled. It’s as if sleeping is a weakness to some degree. If I’m asleep, I’m not adding to my company’s bottom line. If I take a nap, my kids won’t be getting my attention. If I go to bed earlier, I’ll miss my favorite television series.
Think about this: in many parts of the world, sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture. Where we’re from, people are voluntarily depriving themselves of quality, restorative sleep.
Getting adequate sleep is key to health, but medication is not the answer.
A previous analysis of studies financed by the National Institutes of Health found that sleeping pills like Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata reduced the average time it takes to fall asleep by about 13 minutes compared to placebo, while increasing total sleep time by about 11 minutes. Interestingly, participants believed they had slept longer, by up to one hour, when taking the pills. This is thought to be due to anterograde amnesia, which causes trouble with forming memories. When people wake up after taking sleeping pills, they may, in fact, simply forget they’d been unable to sleep.
A startling study published in 2012 revealed that people who take sleeping pills not only have a 35 percent higher risk for certain cancers, they’re also nearly four times as likely to die as people who don’t take them.
• Sleep aids that contain Benadryl can have a half life of about 18 hours, so if you take them every night, you’re basically sedated for a large portion of the day as well, resulting in cognitive deficits and accident proneness
• Medications Increase the risk for dementia in seniors (anti-cholinergics)
Good sleep hygiene is the key to good health, there are also a number of natural remedies like Magnesium, Melatonin, Glycine, 5HTP, herbs, etc.. that can help get a deeper night’s sleep. Acupuncture can also be helpful. If you are having sleeping issues you should schedule an appointment so we can help you improve your health.