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Journal of Integrative Nursing ›› 2019, Vol. 1 ›› Issue (1): 21-26.doi: 10.35437/intnur.issn.2663-4481.2019.01.01.03

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The Application of the Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Relieving Insomnia for Cancer Patients

Juan LIAO1, Bu-Xin HAN2,*, Ling TANG3,*, Dong CAO4, Nan ZHAO1   

  1. 1Department of Oncology, Xi Yuan Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100091, China;

    2 Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100012, China;

    3Nursing Department, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China;

    4The laboratory Animal research center, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China

  • Received:2019-03-31 Revised:2019-04-15 Accepted:2019-04-16 Online:2019-04-16 Published:2019-05-21
  • Contact: Bu-Xin HAN, Ph. D supervisor. Professor, Boffin, institute of psychology, Chinese academy of Sciences, Beijing 100012, China E-mail:; Ling TANG, Chief superintendent nurse, head of Nursing Department of the Third Affiliated Hospital of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China E-mail: E-mail:Bu-Xin HAN, E-mail:; Ling TANG, E-mail:


Objective: To observe the curative effect of mini-needle therapy combined with traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) five elements music in relieving insomnia caused by qi stagnation of liver in patients with advanced cancer.

Method: According to the principle of randomization, with meeting the inclusion criteria, the 60 patients who were diagnosed as insomnia caused by liver qi stagnation were randomly divided into the control group and the intervention group. The intervention group (30 individuals treated with mini-needle therapy combined with TCM five elements music), the control group (30 individuals who were treated with single mini-needle therapy), the body buried needle 24 hours/time, 5 times for a course of treatment, interval of 2 days between 2 courses, a total of 8 needles embedded.  Pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI) scores of 2 groups were analyzed using SPSS 19.0 statistical software.

Results: The total effective rate was 86.1% in the intervention group, and 75.9% in the control group, the difference was statistically significant between 2 groups (P<0.05). The comparison of the PSQI score between the 2 groups pro-post treatment showed that there were statistically significant differences (P<0.05). The reduction rate of PSQI in the intervention group was 31.7%, indicating that 31.7% was effective, while 23.1% in the control group was ineffective. 

Conclusion: The mini-needle therapy combined with TCM five elements music could relieve insomnia caused by qi stagnation of liver in patients with advanced cancer. 

Key words: TCM five elements music, Mini-acupuncture, Insomnia, Qi stagnation of liver, Advanced cancer