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Minerva Medica 2008 December;99(6):535-7
Efficacy of HT 7 point acupressure stimulation in the treatment of insomnia in cancer patients and in patients suffering from disorders other than cancer
Cerrone R., Giani L., Galbiati B., Messina G., Casiraghi M., Proserpio E., Meregalli M., Trabattoni P., Lissoni P., Gardani G.
Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Milan, Italy
Aim. The induction of sleep would depend on interaction between gabaergic system and the pineal gland through its main hormone melatonin. Until few years ago benzodiazepines were the only drugs effective in the treatment of insomnia. Recently, however, both melatonin and acupressure have appear to be active in sleep disorders. The aim of study was to evaluate the efficacy of HT 7 point acupressure in insomniac.
Methods. The study enrolled 25 patients affected by sleep disorders, 14 of whom had a neoplastic disease. They were treated by HT 7 stimulation for al least two consecutive weeks using a medical device named H7 Insomnia Control®.
Results. An improvement in the quality of sleep was achieved in 15/25 (60%) patients, with a more evident efficacy in cancer patients (11/14 [79%]).
Conclusion. This study confirms previous clinical data showing the efficacy of acupressure in the treatment of sleep disorders, particularly in cancer-related insomnia.