2009-06-22 Acupuncture relieves acute migraine pain


(Reuters Health) - There's scientific evidence that acupuncture may help migraine sufferers.

In a clinical trial involving patients with acute attacks of migraine, real acupuncture proved more effective than two different types of sham acupuncture in reducing the discomfort of acute migraine headache two and four hours after treatment, researchers from China report in the medical journal Headache.

Real acupuncture is also "clearly effective" in preventing migraine relapse and aggravation, report Dr. Li Ying from the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and colleagues.(Read entire article)

2009-01-21 Migraines, Tension Headaches Respond To Acupuncture



Two new systematic reviews have found that acupuncture therapy can provide patients who suffer from tension and migraine headache an alternative treatment for their pain.

Tension headaches are the most common headaches, and generally cause infrequent mild to moderate pain, but in a considerable number of patients, tension headaches are so frequent that they require treatment. Migraine headaches, on the other hand, can be disabling and severe. Accompanying symptoms can include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light.


The reviews appear in the current issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates research in all aspects of health care. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing trials on a topic. (Read entire article)