Wednesday, March 19, 2008

acupuncture shown to aid migraine prevention

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A small study published in the February 2008 Clinical Journal of Pain supports the efficacy of traditional acupuncture in preventing migraines.

The study compared traditional acupuncture with sham acupuncture in a randomized control trial of 37 patients to determine how many would experience a 50% or greater reduction in migraine attacks over six months.

Patients receiving traditional acupuncture experienced a greater reduction in migraines than patients receiving sham acupuncture at months two and three. At months four, five and six the results were similar. Larger studies are needed to learn more about the role of traditional acupuncture in migraine prevention.

I was treated with acupuncture under the care of an excellent practitioner, C.

C's work helped immensely with the symptoms of an acute attack, but did not seem effective in preventing my migraines. I stopped seeing her because she felt uncomfortable continuing to take my money when she was unable to help me to the extent she had desired.I think we can all agree my migraines have been extremely resistant to all strategies to prevent them, so I would hardly consider my experience a knock against the efficacy of acupuncture's role in migraine prevention.

In fact, I'd like to go back for more treatments. Not only do I respect C immensely for her honesty and her therapeutic gifts, but since I read about this study I would like to see if acupuncture could help me when combined with other preventative strategies.

You can learn more about traditional acupuncture from the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). The NCCAM, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, is an excellent, trustworthy source of information about any topic in alternative medicine.

An Introduction to Acupuncture

Acupuncture in Migraine Prevention: A Randomized Sham Controlled Study With 6-months Posttreatment Follow-up

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