Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc.
A recent study comparing the efficacy of acupuncture combined with an herbal formula (Shen Zao An Shen Tang) compared to Estazolam (drug category: benzodiazopine) for the treatment of Insomnia found that acupuncture combined with herbs was statistically more effective. The Eastern medicine approach had an effective rate of 96.8% compared to the Western drug group, which had a rate of 74.2% efficacy.
Ji-you Kou, Yan Wei, Xin Tong, Long Yang. Effect of combined acupuncture and Shen Zao An Shen Tang on sleep quality of insomnia patients due to deficiency of the heart and spleen. Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science 12, no. 2 (2014): 96-100.