Integrative Medicine for Insomnia

Med Clin North Am. 2017 Sep;101(5):865-879. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2017.04.005. Epub 2017 Jun 20.


Difficulty initiating and/or maintaining sleep is a common issue. Patients experiencing insomnia symptoms frequently self-treat their symptoms with sleep medications. However, there remains concern regarding the short- and long-term health impacts of sleep medications. This article discusses the evidence supporting integrative approaches to insomnia treatment, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and mind-body therapies (mindfulness meditation, yoga, tai chi), as well as emerging data for use of other less well supported approaches (dietary supplements, acupuncture).

Keywords: Alternative therapy; Complementary medicine; Insomnia; Integrative medicine; Sleep disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Humans
  • Integrative Medicine / methods*
  • Mind-Body Therapies / methods
  • Phytotherapy / methods
  • Sex Factors
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / diagnosis
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / epidemiology
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / therapy*