Acupuncture for insomnia? An overview of systematic reviews

  title={Acupuncture for insomnia? An overview of systematic reviews},
  author={Edzard Ernst and Myeong Soo Lee and Tae-Young Choi},
  journal={The European Journal of General Practice},
  pages={116 - 123}
Abstract Background: Several systematic reviews of acupuncture as a treatment of insomnia have recently emerged. Their results are far from uniform. Aim: To summarize and critically evaluate these reviews with a view of defining the reasons for their discrepant conclusions and providing an overall verdict about the therapeutic value of acupuncture for insomnia. Methods: Thirteen electronic databases (Medline, Embase, Amed, CINHAL, Health Technology Assessments, DARE, Cochrane, six Korean… 
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A large number of systematic reviews on acupuncture exists, and what is most obvious from these reviews is the need for well-designed, larger clinical trials.
Acupuncture for insomnia.
The current evidence is not sufficiently rigorous to support or refute acupuncture for treating insomnia, and larger high-quality clinical trials are required.
A systematic review of insomnia and complementary medicine.
Acupuncture for treatment of insomnia: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.
Acupuncture appears to be effective in treatment of insomnia, however, further large, rigorous designed trials are warranted.
Auricular acupuncture treatment for insomnia: a systematic review.
AA appears to be effective for treating insomnia, and further clinical trials with higher design quality, longer duration of treatment, and longer follow-up should be conducted.
Effects of acupuncture therapy on insomnia.
It is suggested that acupuncture may be an effective intervention for the relief of insomnia and more work is also needed to promote the long-term therapeutic effects of acupuncture and to compare it with other therapies for insomnia.
Role of acupuncture in the treatment of insomnia: a comprehensive review.
[A systematic evaluation of randomized controlled trials for acupuncture and moxibustion treatment of insomnia].
Acupuncture is possibly effective for insomnia, however, because of lower methodological quality of all the trials, this conclusion has no enough evidence.