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Self-administered acupressure has potential as a low-cost alternative treatment for insomnia, suggests a pilot study carried out in Hong Kong. Thirty-one subjects with insomnia were randomised to receive two lessons on either self-administered acupressure or sleep hygiene education. The subjects in the acupressure group practised self-administered acupressure (at Baihui DU-20, Fengchi GB-20, Neiguan P-6, Shenmen HT-7, Zhongwan REN-12 and Yongquan KID-1) daily for four weeks. The subjects in the other group were taught about sleep hygiene. Subjects in the acupressure group reported significantly lower insomnia scores than those in the sleep hygiene education group after eight weeks. Moderate between-group effect sizes were observed in sleep onset latency and waking after sleep onset, however the differences were not significant.

Self-administered acupressure for insomnia disorder: a pilot randomized controlled trial. J Sleep Res. 2017 Sep 8. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12597.

 

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