Monday, March 19, 2007

Acupuncture Punishes Migraine Headaches

Migraine suffers: read this German study conducted to test how effective acupuncture is (or isn't) in reducing the misery of having a migraine.

If you have migraines and routinely take some of the strong perscription medications to control your discomfort, this article will give you something to consider, if you are contemplating whether or not to look into acupuncture for controlling your migraine patterns.

Here's the study, as posted on Web MD:

March 1, 2006 -- Acupuncture may be as good as prescription drugs in preventing migraines -- even if sham acupuncture is used, German researchers report.

Their study, published in The Lancet's online edition, included more than 400 people who had two to six migraines per month. Participants got one of three treatments:

  • Daily drug therapy, with beta-blockers as the first choice
  • Sham acupuncture, with needles placed in spots not used in real acupuncture
  • Real acupuncture

All three groups had fewer days of migraines during the 26-week study. Both types of acupuncture were similar to drug therapy in reducing migraine days...

(For the full article, please click this link, which will re-direct you to the WebMD webpage)

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