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In a randomised, controlled trial, 74 patients with chronic daily headache were randomly assigned to receive either medical management alone (headache medication) or medical management plus acupuncture (10 treatments over six...

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A positive response to acupuncture by migraine sufferers is associated with beneficial changes in the regulation of the autonomic nervous system. Thirty migraineurs were randomly allocated to two groups receiving either verum...

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Italian researchers have conducted a trial on migraine sufferers that attempts to separate the specific effects of a true TCM acupuncture treatment from the effects of both standard sham acupuncture and a mock ‘acupuncture healing...

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Tension-type headache (TTH), improves after acupuncture, but the difference between real and sham treatment is not significant, a new German study has found. The randomised, controlled, multicentre, patient-and observer-blinded...

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A systematic review has confirmed the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of chronic headache. The study, carried out by US authors, included 31 studies in its meta-analysis. The majority of trials comparing verum (true)...

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A large German study has compared the effectiveness of acupuncture in addition to routine care in patients with primary headache, to routine care alone. In a randomised controlled trial plus non-randomised cohort study, patients...

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A German study has assessed the costs and cost-effectiveness of additional acupuncture treatment in patients with headache. The randomised controlled trial of 3182 patients measured quality of life, cost differences between...

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Chinese researchers have found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for acute migraine. In a multicentre randomised controlled trial, they compared verum acupuncture with two different types of sham acupuncture. 175 patients...

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The addition of 12 additional trials (carried out since 2001) to the Cochrane Database Systematic Review of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis increased the number of trials meeting the inclusion criteria to 22, involving a...

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