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Chinese scientists have shown that needling active acupoints in migraine patients reduces pain and affects key disease-affected brain regions involving pain.
The results of a prospective interventional study carried out by American researchers suggests that acupuncture has persistent beneficial effects on both the frequency and intensity of migraines.
Acupuncture has been shown to outperform the drug valproic acid in reducing the pain intensity of migraine headaches, without any of the adverse effects associated with drug therapy.
NICE (the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has published new clinical guidelines on the treatment of headaches.
Chinese researchers have found traditional acupuncture to be more effective for pain reduction in migraine sufferers than a control acupuncture treatment and have correlated this effect to differences in activity in pain-related brain regions.
A Chinese group has found that acupuncture is significantly superior to sham for the treatment of acute migraines.
Acupuncture and sham acupuncture appear equally effective in preventing migraines, according to a large clinical study published by an international research team, although real acupuncture may have longer-lasting effects.
cupuncture compares favourably with the drug topiramate for reducing migraine frequency, according to Taiwanese investigators.
A Chinese multi-centre trial has found that acupuncture is as good as the drug flunarizine at reducing pain and improving quality of life for migraineurs, and more effective than the drug at decreasing the number days on which patients experience migraine attacks.
Another Italian study backs up the therapeutic specificity of auricular acupuncture points used in migraine treatment.