For centuries, the ancient Chinese healers have been using acupuncture to treat many types of health and wellness issues, including a sleep problem like insomnia. In Western countries, the use of this traditional Chinese medicine is slowly gaining ground and there have been some studies done to determine its effectiveness.
According to Sleep.Org, acupuncture has been proven to work against sleep apnea as it corrects the patient’s tongue position while in a state of sleep. It is, therefore, understood that the procedure may also help with insomnia since acupuncture relaxes the body and relieves the mind of anxieties.
A clinical trial is currently underway involving 84 menopausal women with insomnia who are getting acupuncture treatments at least two or three times a week for three months. Experts want to find out if acupuncture may indeed improve the quality of sleep in women of a certain age, especially when the National Institutes of Health cites that 40 to 50 percent of menopausal women experience insomnia.
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