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A study carried out in Austria has demonstrated the long-term benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of migraine. 26 patients were treated by local and distal body points, once weekly, for between 6 and 13 treatments. The...

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This German study compared the number of days of moderate headache experienced by two groups of chronic headache sufferers, one after 4 weeks of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment at a Chinese medicine hospital in...

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Acupuncture has demonstrated a clear long-term benefit for patients suffering from chronic headaches. 401 patients were randomly assigned to receive either individualised acupuncture treatment (12 treatments over 3 months), or...

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Women who opt for acupuncture instead of a drug to prevent migraines report feeling fewer initial symptoms, fewer attacks, and less side effects from the treatment, new study findings report. The study, carried out at the Woman's...

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Acupuncture (up to 15 sessions over 12 weeks) was compared with metoprolol (a standard migraine prophylaxis medication) for effectiveness and tolerability in 113 patients randomised to one of two groups. The number of days with...

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A German trial compared ‘true’ acupuncture, sham acupuncture and no acupuncture in 270 female patients suffering from episodic or chronic tension-type headache. The acupuncture protocol, which was carried out at 28 different...

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Laser acupuncture has a distinct advantage over needle acupuncture in clinical trials since it is considerably easier to apply a placebo intervention. In a study of the use of laser acupuncture in the treatment of chronic...

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Another large German study similarly compared the effects of randomly assigned acupuncture, self-elected acupuncture and non-acupuncture controls on chronic migraine and tension headache in a total of 15,056 patients. After three...

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Laser acupuncture can provide significant benefit in the treatment of children with headache. Researchers in Germany carried out a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of laser acupuncture in 43 children (mean age...

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A review of current studies on acupuncture and migraine concludes that a six-week course of acupuncture is not inferior to a six-month prophylactic drug treatment, but that specific TCM-based point selection, point stimulation and...

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