Acupuncture effective for perimenopausal depression and insomnia

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for perimenopausal women experiencing depression and insomnia. In a study conducted by Australian and Chinese researchers, 70 perimenopausal women with comorbid perimenopausal depression (PMD) and perimenopausal insomnia (PMI) were randomly assigned to receive real-acupuncture (RA) or sham-acupuncture (SA) treatments. The RA group received acupuncture at nine acupoints, including Yintang M-HN-3, Baihui DU-20, Guanyuan REN-4, Yinjiao REN-7, and bilateral Neiguan P-6, Taixi KID-3, Taichong LIV-3, Sanyinjiao SP-6 and Zigong M-CA-18. Both the RA and SA treatments were delivered in 17 sessions over eight weeks. After the end of the treatment period and at eight-week post-treatment follow-up, the RA group showed a significantly greater reduction in insomnia scores compared to the SA group. While the reduction in depression scores in the RA group was significant, it was not statistically different from that of the SA group. Additionally, there were no significant between-group differences in serum reproductive hormone levels.

Acupuncture for comorbid depression and insomnia in perimenopause: A feasibility patient-assessor-blinded, randomized, and sham-controlled clinical trial. Front Public Health. 2023 Feb 6;11:1120567.