Acupuncture for Mental Health

Acupuncture for Mental Health.

Chronic stress, anxiety and depression are the most common and disabling mental health concerns in modern society. They are often experienced as a complex set of emotional, physical and behavioural symptoms.

People with anxiety disorder frequently experience unpleasant feelings of worry or fear accompanied by physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, digestive complaints, trembling, irritability, sweating and hot flashes.

Depression is characterised by low energy, mood and low self-esteem, poor concentration, negative thoughts and emotions, and loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities. Appetite, body weight and sleep are also commonly affected.

What is our clinical experience?

Based on feedback collected from over 2,185 initial appointments for Stress, Anxiety & Depression, 88% of our patients reported improved quality of life after their first 4 appointments. See our detailed benchmarking statistics.

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What does the research say?

The following insights are obtained from systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for mental health.

Consult with our practitioners for personalised care and advice.

Although well-conducted clinical research can help members of the public to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, we cannot claim that any particular treatment may be effective for any individual person.

When you consult with our Chinese medicine practitioners, you'll receive personalised advice and treatment based on your symptoms and Chinese medicine diagnosis.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific clinical research on acupuncture for mental health.

It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.



Nutrients

2023, Apr 04

Vitamin D in Depression: A Potential Bioactive Agent to Reduce Suicide and Suicide Attempt Risk
Nutrients

Several studies have shown that deficiencies in this vitamin reduce the immunomodulation of inflammation and serotonin synthesis, two processes associated with depression and suicidal attempts. Therefore, it supports the potential benefits of vitamin D supplementation in reducing symptoms of depression and a possible indirect effect in the prevention of suicide and suicide attempts.

Somoza-Moncada MM, Turrubiates-Hernández FJ, Muñoz-Valle JF, Gutiérrez-Brito JA, Díaz-Pérez SA, Aguayo-Arelis A, Hernández-Bello J Full Article

Sleep Medicine Clinics

2023, Mar

Acupuncture as an Adjunct Treatment to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
Sleep Medicine Clinics

The study concludes that there is growing evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating insomnia and comorbid conditions, and further research is needed to explore its potential as an adjunct to CBT-I.

Kutana S, Mao JJ, Garland SN Full Article

Frontiers in Pharmacology

2022, May 05

Evidence and Characteristics of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Coronary Heart Disease Patients With Anxiety or Depression: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review
Frontiers in Pharmacology

Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) exhibited an obvious efficacy in treating coronary heart disease (CHD) patients with anxiety or depression, especially for improving the symptom of angina pectoris. The most active compounds of CHM could simultaneously act on the pathological targets of CHD, anxiety, and depression. Multiple effective components and multiple targets were the advantages of CHM compared with WM.

Wang B, Teng Y, Li Y, Lai S, Wu Y, Chen S, Li T, Han X, Zhou H, Wang Y, Lu Z, Li H, Ding Y, Ma L, Zhao M, Wang X Full Article

Research in Nursing & Health

2022, Dec 12

Efficacy and safety of acupuncture for depression: A systematic review and meta‐analysis
Research in Nursing & Health

Acupuncture, either in isolation or as an adjunct to pharmacological treatment, has clinical benefits and can be considered a safe option for managing depression.

Chen B, Wang CC, Lee KH, Xia JC, Luo Z Full Article

Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

2022, Dec 31

Effect of Acupuncture on Physical Symptoms and Quality of Life in Treatment-Resistant Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder: a Single-Arm Longitudinal Study
Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Medical Association of Pharmacopuncture Institute

Acupuncture may improve not only psychiatric symptoms but also physical symptoms and QoL in patients with treatment-resistant mood disorders. Further studies are required for confirmation of the preliminary data collected thus far.

Matsuura Y, Hongo S, Taniguchi H, Yasuno F, Sakai T Full Article

Frontiers in Pharmacology

2022, Aug

Research progress on classical traditional chinese medicine formula xiaoyaosan in the treatment of depression
Frontiers in Pharmacology

This review highlights the current evidence supporting the use of Xiaoyaosan as an antidepressant and provides an overview of the potential mechanisms involved.

Chen J, Lei C, Li X, Wu Q, Liu C, Ma Q, Chen J. Full Article

Medicine

2022, Jan 14

Can acupuncture improve sleep quality and anxiety among women during perimenopause?
Medicine

This study will provide new evidence on the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, and depression in perimenopausal women, and provide additional options for clinicians and patients to improve insomnia and anxiety.

Ping Y, Liang C, Fan X, Zhang L, Ying D, Wang Z Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2022, Apr 06

Evaluation of the Safety and Efficacy of Xiao Yao San as a Treatment for Anxiety: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The available evidence suggests that oral Xiaoyao San (XYS) alone or in combination with anxiolytic agents is more effective and safer than anxiolytic treatment alone when used for the treatment of anxiety disorders (AD).

Lin J, Ji Y, Si J, Wang G, Li X, Shen L Full Article

Annals of Medicine

2022, Jan 31

A network pharmacology approach to predict potential targets and mechanisms of “Ramulus Cinnamomi (cassiae) – Paeonia lactiflora” herb pair in the treatment of chronic pain with comorbid anxiety and depression
Annals of Medicine

This study preliminarily predicted and verified the pharmacological and molecular mechanisms of “Gui Zhi–Shao Yao” herb pair for treating CP with comorbid AD and MD from a holistic perspective. In vivo and in vitro experiments will be required to further investigate the mechanisms.

Pan HT, Xi ZQ, Wei XQ, Wang K Full Article

Natural Product Communications

2022, Aug

Screening Traditional Chinese Medicine Combination for Co-Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and Major Depressive Disorder by Network Pharmacology
Natural Product Communications

Taken as a whole, the current study indicates a TCM combination with positive advantages in the combined treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) .

Huang Z, Fang Y, Wang X, Wang Q, Wang T Full Article

Frontiers in Psychiatry

2022, Apr 15

The Role of Acupuncture in the Management of Insomnia as a Major or Residual Symptom Among Patients With Active or Previous Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Frontiers in Psychiatry

There is a low to moderate level of evidence supporting acupuncture as a safe and effective remedy alternative to or adjuvant to conventional pharmacotherapy (antidepressant and/or hypnotic) in improving insomnia and other depression symptoms among patients with active depression. Furthermore, the patients' complaint of disrupted sleep continuity is most likely to benefit from acupuncture. The benefit of acupuncture on residual insomnia associated with previous or partially remitted depression is limited. Future acupuncture studies need to consider applying optimal dosage and addressing deficiencies in trial quality.

Zhao FY, Kennedy GA, Spencer SJ, Conduit R, Zhang WJ, Fu QQ, Zheng Z Full Article

Plants

2022, Jan 19

Major Plant in Herbal Mixture Gan-Mai-Da-Zao for the Alleviation of Depression in Rat Models
Plants

The present study confirmed the antidepressant-like effects of Gan-Mai-Da-Zao (GMDZ). Additionally, licorice (Gan Cao) may play a key role in the effectiveness of GMDZ.

Li YX, Cheng KC, Hsu CT, Cheng JT, Yang TT Full Article

Frontiers in Neuroscience

2022, Jul 14

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Functional Dyspepsia With Psychological Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Frontiers in Neuroscience

The current evidence shows that CHM treatment has great potential and safety in alleviating the symptoms of FD and improving the psychological disorders of anxiety and depression in patients with FD.

Luo X, Wang L, Fang S, Qing X, Jiang T, Yang Y, Su X, Wei W Full Article

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

2022, Jul 11

The effect of vitamin D supplementation on depressive symptoms in adults: A systematic review and meta‐analysis of randomized controlled trials
Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

Notwithstanding high heterogeneity, vitamin D supplementation ≥ 2,000 IU/day appears to reduce depressive symptoms. Future research should investigate possible benefits of augmenting standard treatments with vitamin D in clinical depression.

Mikola T, Marx W, Lane MM, Hockey M, Loughman A, Rajapolvi S, Rocks T, O’Neil A, Mischoulon D, Valkonen-Korhonen M, Lehto SM, Ruusunen A Full Article

Frontiers in Pharmacology

2022, Jun 27

Modified Xiaochaihu Decoction Combined with Mirtazapine in the Treatment of Persistent Depression: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
Frontiers in Pharmacology

Modified Xiaochaihu Decoction combined with mirtazapine effectively treats persistent depressive disorder (PDD), and its curative effect is better than that of TCM alone.

Xin Li, Xiuyu Li, Man Gong, Chaoqun Li, Jing Li, Chao Zhou, Tingting He Full Article

Journal of Diabetes Research

2022, Mar 03

Vitamin D Supplementation for the Treatment of Depressive Symptoms in Women with Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Journal of Diabetes Research

There was no difference in the dosing effect of vitamin D3 supplementation for the treatment of depressive symptoms in women with T2D who present with significant symptoms and low vitamin D. Regardless of the dose, participants’ mood improved over time. Further study of vitamin D to target depressive symptoms in comorbid populations is needed.

Penckofer S, Ridosh M, Adams W, Grzesiak M, Woo J, Byrn M, Kouba J, Sheean P, Kordish C, Durazo-Arvizu R, Wallis D, Emanuele MA, Halaris A Full Article

Current Neuropharmacology

2022, Apr

Potential Mechanisms and Clinical Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Depression
Current Neuropharmacology

In summary, substantial evidence from animal and human researches supported the beneficial effect of acupuncture in depression.

Yang NN, Lin LL, Li YJ, Li HP, Cao Y, Tan CX, Hao XW, Ma SM, Wang L, Liu CZ Full Article

Journal of Ethnopharmacology

2022, Apr

The association study of chemical compositions and their pharmacological effects of Cyperi Rhizoma (Xiangfu), a potential traditional Chinese medicine for treating depression
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Cyperi Rhizoma (CR) could be a significant potential herbal medicine to develop antidepressant drugs with lower side effects.

Lu J, Li W, Gao T, Wang S, Fu C, Wang S Full Article

Annals of General Psychiatry

2021, Jan 30

Effectiveness of acupuncture on anxiety disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials
Annals of General Psychiatry International Society of Neurobiology and Psychopharmacology

The study suggest that acupuncture therapy showed beneficial effects in reducing anxiety in patients with anxiety disorder. It indicated that acupuncture is more effective than western medicine. It also further suggests that acupuncture works better in earlier stages.

Yang, Xy., Yang, Nb., Huang, Ff. et al. Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2021, May 24

Efficacy and Safety of Scalp Acupuncture for Insomnia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Scalp acupuncture is effective and safe in the treatment of insomnia, which is worthy of clinical application. However, due to the limited number of included literature, the methodology of some studies is slightly low and the quality of literature is slightly poor. In the future, we need to design rigorous, large sample, multiple center randomized controlled study to further verify the conclusion of this study.

Fu-gui Liu, Ai-hua Tan, Chao-qun Peng, Yun-xia Tan, Ming-chao Yao Full Article

Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

2021, Aug 13

Acupuncture Reduced the Risk for Insomnia in Stroke Patients: A Propensity-Score Matched Cohort Study
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

Acupuncture treatment reduced the risk of insomnia in stroke patients. Future research be conducted with increased sample sizes and further elaboration on the specific acupuncture protocols that were used.

Qiu X, Han NS, Yao JX, Yu FR, Lin YY, Zhuang X Full Article

Journal of Trauma Nursing

2021, Nov

Effects of Acupuncture and Acupressure on Burnout in Health Care Workers: A Randomized Trial
Journal of Trauma Nursing

Auricular seed acupressure was found to be associated with a reduction in burnout and secondary traumatic stress in health care workers, leading to improved professional quality of life and caring ability.

Afrasiabi J, McCarty R, Hayakawa J, Barrows J, Lee K, Plouffe N, Schomberg J Full Article

Nature and Science of Sleep

2020, Dec 10

Efficacy and Safety of Electroacupuncture for Insomnia Disorder: A Multicenter, Randomized, Assessor-Blinded, Controlled Trial
Nature and Science of Sleep

Ten sessions of electroacupuncture can improve the sleep quality of patients with insomnia without serious adverse effects. Thus, it can be recommended as an effective, safe, and well-tolerated intervention.

Lee B, Kim BK, Kim HJ, Jung IC, Kim AR, Park HJ, Kwon OJ, Lee JH, Kim JH. Full Article

Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment

2020, Dec

Long-Term Beneficial Effects of Acupuncture with Reduced Risk of Depression Development Following Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study
Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment

The systematic review and meta-analysis also concluded that the therapeutic efficacy of acupuncture is highly effective alone and combined with antidepressant medication.

Liao CC, Lin CL, Liao KR, Li JM Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2020, Jun 25

Effect of Acupuncture on Chronic Pain with Depression: A Systematic Review
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture has a promising application prospect due to its unique advantages for the treatment of chronic pain with depression comorbidity, which can be used in patients suffering from some certain chronic pain with depression comorbidity with poorer response to the conventional medication or suffering from serious side effects. High-quality RCTs are needed to support the current clinical application of acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain with depression comorbidity and to broaden the clinical application.

Yan B, Zhu S, Wang Y, Da G, Tian G Full Article

Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

2020, Nov 27

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease: An Overview of Systematic Reviews
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

This overview suggests that acupuncture is a promising complementary treatment for Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Huang J, Shen M, Qin X, Wu M, Liang S, Huang Y Full Article

Frontiers in Pharmacology

2020, Oct 15

Regulation of GABAA and 5-HT Receptors Involved in Anxiolytic Mechanisms of Jujube Seed: A System Biology Study Assisted by UPLC-Q-TOF/MS and RT-qPCR Method
Frontiers in Pharmacology

Jujube seed (SZJ) extract was found to contain 35 phytochemicals interacting with 71 anxiolytic targets. Protein-protein interaction and pathway analyses revealed the involvement of serotonergic and GABAergic synapse pathways in the anxiolytic effects of SZJ. RT-qPCR validation in human neuroblastoma cells showed SZJ's ability to modulate the mRNA expressions of GABAA and serotonin receptors, particularly up-regulating GABRA1, GABRA3, HTR1A, HTR2A, and HTR2B, while exerting inhibitory effects on GABRA1, GABRA2, HTR1A, and HTR2A in oxidative stress conditions. The findings suggest SZJ's potential as an anxiolytic agent through the regulation of GABAergic and serotonergic synapse pathways.

Chen L, Zhang X, Hu C, Zhang Y, Zhang L, Kan J, Li B, Du J Full Article

Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

2020, Dec 04

Acupuncture Treatment Reduces Incidence of Parkinson's Disease in Patients With Depression: A Population-Based Retrospective Cohort Study in Taiwan
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

The cumulative incidence of PD was significantly lower in the acupuncture cohort than in the non-acupuncture cohort. The results suggest that acupuncture treatment significantly reduced the development of PD in patients with depression; however, a future study should be conducted to provide more objective evidence.

Huang CH, Lin MC, Hsieh CL Full Article

Integrative Cancer Therapies

2020, Jan

Comparative Effectiveness of Cheonwangbosimdan (Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan) Versus Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Cancer Patients: A Randomized, Controlled, Open-Label, Parallel-Group, Pilot Trial
Integrative Cancer Therapies

There is no difference between treatment and control groups, but both groups showed tendency to alleviate cancer insomnia symptoms. However, treatment group score was highly lowered than control group score. The study can contribute to more attentive care for insomnia in cancer patients.

Moon SY, Jerng UM, Kwon OJ, Jung SY, Lee JY, Yoon SW, Shin WC, Byun JI, Lee JH Full Article

Aging

2019, Jun 14

Habitual tea drinking modulates brain efficiency: evidence from brain connectivity evaluation
Aging

Our study comprehensively investigated the effects of tea drinking on brain connectivity at both global and regional scales using multi-modal imaging data (i.e., functional and structural imaging) and provided the first compelling evidence that tea drinking positively contributes to brain structure making network organization more efficient. Our study suggests that tea drinking is effective in preventing (slowing) or ameliorating cognitive decline and that tea drinking might be a simple lifestyle choice that benefits brain health.

Li J, Romero-Garcia R, Suckling J, Feng L. Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2019, Jun 24

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain-Related Insomnia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture therapy is an effective and safe treatment for CPRI, and this treatment can be recommended for the management of patients with CPRI. Due to the low quality and small sample size of the included studies, more rigorously designed RCTs with high quality and large sample size are recommended in future.

Fushui Liu, Jianyu You, Qi Li, Ting Fang, Mei Chen, Nana Tang, Xiaojun Yan Full Article

Frontiers in Psychiatry

2019, Feb 12

The Effects of Acupuncture on Glutamatergic Neurotransmission in Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's Disease: A Review of the Literature
Frontiers in Psychiatry

We conclude that the treatment effects of acupuncture may be underpinned by its intervention in the dysregulated glutamate system. Further preclinical and clinical studies are needed to clarify the possible mechanisms of acupuncture in these neuropsychiatric disorders and to establish protocols for treatment guidelines.

Tu CH, MacDonald I, Chen YH Full Article

Current Medical Science

2019, Jun 17

Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Alzheimer's Disease: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Current Medical Science Huazhong University of Science and Technology

In most of the studies assessed in the current meta-analysis, acupuncture alone was better than conventional western medicines for the treatment of AD.

Huang, Q., Luo, D., Chen, L. et al. Full Article

Medicine

2018, Feb 23

Acupuncture for adults with overactive bladder: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Medicine

The combined results showed that electroacupuncture (EA) may be more effective than sham electroacupuncture (sham EA) in improving the 24-hour nocturia episodes and EA may enhance tolterodine for relieving voiding symptoms and enhancing patients’ quality of life. Acupuncture might have effect in decreasing the number of micturition episodes, incontinence episodes, and nocturia episodes.

Zhao Y, Zhou J, Mo Q, Wang Y, Yu J, Liu Z. Full Article

American Journal of Therapeutics

2018, Mar

Pilot Study of the Tart Cherry Juice for the Treatment of Insomnia and Investigation of Mechanisms
American Journal of Therapeutics

Cherry juice increased sleep time and sleep efficiency. Cherry juice procyanidin B-2 inhibited IDO, increased tryptophan availability, reduced inflammation, and may be partially responsible for improvement in insomnia.

Losso JN, Finley JW, Karki N, Liu AG, Prudente A, Tipton R, Yu Y, Greenway FL Full Article

Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine

2018, Jan

Antidepressant-like effects of Gan-Mai-Dazao-Tang via monoamine regulatory pathways on forced swimming test in rats
Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan

In conclusion, the antidepressant-like effects of Gan-Mai-Da-Zao-Tang (LWJ) might be mediated by the regulation of monoamine neurotransmitters.

Huang HL, Lim SL, Lu KH, Sheen LY Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2017, Jun 7

A Review of Dietary Ziziphus jujuba Fruit (Jujube): Developing Health Food Supplements for Brain Protection
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Jujube possesses neuroprotective activities, including protecting neuronal cells against neurotoxin stress, stimulating neuronal differentiation, increasing expression of neurotrophic factors, and promoting memory and learning. Flavonoid, cAMP, and jujuboside could be the potential bioactive ingredients to account for the aforesaid biological activities. These findings imply that jujube is a potential candidate for development of health supplements for prevention and/or treatment of neurological diseases.

Chen J, Liu X, Li Z, et al. Full Article

Sleep Medicine Reviews

2017, Jun 19

Complementary and alternative therapies for restless legs syndrome: An evidence-based systematic review
Sleep Medicine Reviews

The severity of primary RLS symptoms can be significantly ameliorated by exercise training, transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation, pneumatic compression devices, light therapy, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, and acupuncture.

Xu XM, Liu Y, Jia SY, Dong MX, Cao D, Wei YD. Full Article

Mindfulness

2017, Aug 29

The Effect of Mindfulness and Acupuncture on Psychological Health in Veterans: an Exploratory Study
Mindfulness

The combined treatment of iRest plus acupuncture resulted in significant psychological benefits for Veterans, particularly in reducing depression, psychological symptom severity, and emotional interference with life activities, with clinically meaningful changes noted. Additionally, the combined treatment was equally beneficial across different demographic factors such as age, gender, and race.

Wheeler MS, Glass CR, Arnkoff DB, Sullivan P, Hull A Full Article

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

2016, Jul 19

Acupuncture for insomnia after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

This clinical article showed high efficacy of acupuncture in treating insomnia post-stroke. Patients mainly experienced hyperactivities of sympathetic nervous system which resulted in disturb sleep patterns. Acupuncture reduced other post-stroke insomnia symptoms such as anxiety, depression and side effects from antipsychotic drugs. It was effective improving overall quality of sleep and lifestyle.

Lee SH, Lim SM Full Article

Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing

2015, Jul

Schizophrenia and Depression: A systematic Review of the Effectiveness and the Working Mechanisms Behind Acupuncture
Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing

From the evidence found in this study, acupuncture seems to be an effective add-on treatment in patients with depression and, to a lesser degree, in patients with schizophrenia, but large well-designed studies are needed to confirm that evidence.

Bosch P, van den Noort M, Staudte H, Lim S. Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2015, Jan

Prescription of Chinese Herbal Medicine in Pattern-Based Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Depression: A Systematic Review
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

We found that Xiaoyao decoction was the most frequently used herbal formula for the treatment of liver qi depression and liver depression with spleen deficiency, while Chaihu Shugan decoction was often used for liver depression and qi stagnation. Bai Shao (Paeonia lactiflora Pall.) and Chai Hu (Bupleurum chinense DC.) were commonly used across different TCM patterns regardless of the prescribed Chinese herbal formulas. The rationale underlying herb selection was seldom provided. Due to the limited number of studies on TCM pattern-based treatment of depression and their low methodological quality, we are unable to draw any conclusion regarding which herbal formulas have higher efficacy and which TCM patterns respond better to CHM.

Yeung WF, Chung KF, Ng KY, Yu YM, Zhang SP, Ng BFL, Ziea ETC Full Article

International Review of Neurobiology

2013, Jan

Acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia
International Review of Neurobiology

A number of studies have demonstrated that acupuncture may modulate a wide range of neuroendocrinological factors following stimulation of acupoints. Evidence has suggested that the clinical efficacy of acupuncture in treatment of insomnia is potentially mediated by a variety of neurotransmitters including norepinephrine, melatonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid, and β-endorphin.

Kaicun Zhao Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2013, Feb

Acupuncture for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials and Prospective Clinical Trials
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This systematic review indicated the efficacy of acupuncture for PTSD patients. Patients reported to have better outcomes compared to drug therapy in particular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). There were less side effects for non-SSRI group and considered a safe treatment for long term therapy.

Young-Dae Kim, In Heo, Byung-Cheul Shin, Cindy Crawford, Hyung-Won Kang, Jung-Hwa Lim, Full Article

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

2011, Sep 07

Acupuncture for autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Cochrane

This review found that acupuncture might result in improvement in some outcomes in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, the high heterogeneity of the result did not provide a firm conclusion.

Cheuk DKL, Wong V, Chen WX Full Article

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

2009, Nov

Acupuncture for Treatment of Insomnia: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Society for Acupuncture Research

Acupuncture appears to be effective in treatment of insomnia. Meta-analyses showed a beneficial effect of acupuncture compared with no treatment and real acupressure compared with sham acupressure on total scores of Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. Acupuncture was superior to medications regarding the number of patients with total sleep duration increased for >3 hours. Acupuncture plus medications showed better effect than medications alone on total sleep duration. Similarly, acupuncture plus herbs was significantly better than herbs alone on increase of sleep rates. There were no serious adverse effects with related to acupuncture treatment in the included trials.

Cao H, Pan X, Li H, Liu J. Full Article


Yin Tang
“It is by virtue of the twelve channels that human life exists, that disease arises, that human beings can be treated and illness cured. The twelve channels are where beginners start and masters end.” The Classic of Acupuncture
Circa 1st Century BCE