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Journal of Integrative Nursing ›› 2019, Vol. 1 ›› Issue (1): 27-34.doi: 10.35437/intnur.issn.2663-4481.2019.01.01.04

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Nursing Based on Syndrome Differentiation Combined with Auricular Plaster Therapy in Alleviating Insomnia

Ning WANG1, Shu-Li MA1,*, Xi LI1, Li-Xia YANG2   

  1. 1College of Nursing, Shanxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine,Taiyuan 030024, Shanxi, China;

    2TCM Department, Shanxi Provincial People's Hospital, Taiyuan 030012, Shanxi, China

  • Received:2019-03-31 Revised:2019-04-15 Accepted:2019-04-20 Online:2019-04-16 Published:2019-05-21
  • Contact: Shu-Li MA, Master tutor, Shanxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taiyuan 030024, Shanxi, China
  • Supported by:

    The study was approved by Shanxi Graduate Education Innovation Project (2018SY095).


Objective: To observe the effect of auricular point pressing combined with nursing bsed on syndrome differentiation in the treatment of insomnia patients.

Methods: Totally 92 patients with insomnia were randomly divided into the observation group given auricular point pressing combined with nursing care based on syndrome differentiation and the control group treated with auricular point pressing alone. The improvement of Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), TCM Syndrome Score and nursing satisfaction were compared between the 2 groups.

Results The time effect of PSQI total score and six factors in both groups were statistically significant (P<0.05). The time effect, interaction effect and inter-group effect of subjective sleep quality, PSQI total score were statistically significant (P<0.05); the four inter-group factors of sleep quality, sleep latency, sleep duration and daytime function were statistically significant (P<0.05). The total score of TCM syndromes in the observation group was lower than that in the control group (P<0.05), and the satisfaction rate in the observation group higher than that in the control group (80.43% vs. 60.86%, P<0.05).

Conclusion  Auricular point pressing combined with nursing based on syndrome differentiation can effectively improve the sleep quality of insomnia patients, and has significant advantages in improving TCM syndromes, as well as gained higher nursing satisfaction from patients.

Key words: Insomnia, Auricular-plaster therapy/Auricular point pressing, Nursing based on syndrome differentiation/Syndrome differentiation and nursing, Sleep quality, Nursing of integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine