J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2009 Sep;20(3):327-334.

A Comparative Study on the Applied Effects of Auricular Acupressure Therapy on Insomnia in the Elderly by Sasangin Constitution: Based on Tae Yin In, So Yang In, and So Yin In

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University, Korea. 5977sok@khu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was to compare and examine the effects of auricular acupressure therapy on insomnia in the elderly by Sasangin constitution.
METHODS
This study was designed to compare three groups according to Sasangin constitution (Tae Yin In, So Yang In, and So Yin In) in terms of the changeful effects of auricular acupressure therapy on insomnia in the elderly. The subjects were 81 (Tae Yin In: 28, So Yang In: 26, and So Yin In: 27) persons aged over 65 years who were living in Seoul or Gyunggi Province. Data were collected from May, 2007 to July, 2008, and analyzed by SPSS/WIN 16.0.
RESULTS
1. The effect of auricular acupressure on insomnia in Tae Yin In was higher than that in So Yang In, and its effect in So Yang In was higher than that in So Yin In. 2. The effect was highest after the 4th treatment in Tae Yin In, after the 5th treatment in So Yang In, and after the 6th treatment in So Yin In.
CONCLUSIONS
The use of auricular acupressure therapy in consideration of individual elders' Sasangin constitution can maximize its effect to relieve insomnia in the elderly.

Keyword

Aged; Sleep; Constitution; Acupuncture

MeSH Terms

Acupressure*
Acupuncture
Aged*
Constitution and Bylaws*
Humans
Seoul
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders*
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