Acupressure for insomnia: A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis

Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Nov;97(45):e13180. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000013180.


Background: Insomnia is a public sleep disorder defined as a deficiency of sleep quantity or quality. Acupressure is a low-cost treatment that has potential as an insomnia therapy.

Methods: Four databases will be searched from inception to date. The researchers will screen clinical randomized trials of acupressure and auricular acupuncture for insomnia. The screening of the study, data extraction will be carried out independently by 2 researchers. The specific process will refer to the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Review.

Results: The results of the study will be published in a scientific journal after peer-review. We integrate the latest study about acupressure for insomnia.

Conclusion: This systematic review will provide evidence for assessing the improvement of acupressure for insomnia.

Ethics and dissemination: The systematic review will be published in a peer-reviewed journal. The review will also be disseminated electronically and in print.PROSPERO registration: CRD42018104155.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Acupressure / adverse effects
  • Acupressure / methods*
  • Humans
  • Sleep
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / therapy*
  • Systematic Reviews as Topic
  • Treatment Outcome