New research discovers that
New research discovers that acupuncture is effective for improving sleep quality and emotional issues for patients with schizophrenia.The researchers note that acupuncture effectively relieved both depression and anxiety levels in measures of psychopathology and emotional improvements. As a result, the investigators concluded “that acupuncture has beneficial effects as a treatment for insomnia and psychopathology symptoms among patients with schizophrenia.”
This recent study emerged as a joint effort between four prestigious Israeli institutions: Emek Medical Center, Israel Institute of Technology, Yezreel Academic College, Mazra Mental Health Center. The investigators note that acupuncture “is one of the oldest healing practices in the world” and “is considered to be safe and effective….” They cited prior research showing acupuncture’s positive influence in the treatment of depression, chronic pain and sleep disorders. This prompted this most recent investigation.
The subjects in the study suffered from schizophrenia with sleep disorders. They were treated with acupuncture at a rate of 2 times per week for a grand total of 16 acupuncture treatments. During the treatment process, sleep patterns were monitored with a wrist actigraph. An actigraph is a non-invasive method for monitoring human rest and activity cycles. It is useful in determining circadian rhythms and overall sleep patterns. This is an exam