Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Acupuncture Effective in Preventing Chronic Headaches


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Medical researchers at Duke University examined data from more than 30 studies on acupuncture as a method of preventing chronic headaches and determined that more patients have success with it than have success with medication.

Acupuncture Offers Relief Over Medication

The studies included nearly 4,000 patients who reported migraines (17 studies), tension headaches (10 studies) and other forms of chronic headaches with multiple symptoms (four studies).

In 17 studies comparing acupuncture to medication, the researchers found that 62 percent of the acupuncture patients reported headache relief compared to only 45 percent of people taking medication. These acupuncture patients also reported better physical well-being compared to the medication group. In 14 studies that compared real acupuncture to sham therapy, 53 percent of acupuncture patients responded to treatment compared to 45 percent receiving sham therapy.

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