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Headaches, Acupuncture A Viable Treatment

Updated: Apr 18



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Headaches, Acupuncture A Viable Treatment

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific body points. It is commonly used for pain management, including headaches and migraines. While some evidence suggests that acupuncture may be beneficial for these conditions, it is essential to note that the research in this area is still evolving.



Here are a few references that discuss the use of acupuncture for tension headaches, migraines, and tonic-clonic headaches:


Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, et al. Acupuncture for the prevention of episodic migraine. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;6:CD001218. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001218.pub3


This Cochrane systematic review evaluates the effectiveness of acupuncture in preventing episodic migraines. The study includes several randomized controlled trials and concludes that acupuncture can be considered a valuable option for migraine prevention.


Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, et al. Acupuncture for migraine prevention. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;6:CD001218. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001218.pub3


This Cochrane systematic review focuses on acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis (prevention). The review includes randomized controlled trials and suggests that acupuncture may help reduce the frequency of migraines.


Vickers AJ, Vertosick EA, Lewith G, et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: update of an individual patient data meta-analysis. J Pain. 2018;19(5):455-474. doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2017.11.005


While this meta-analysis does not explicitly focus on headaches, it examines the overall efficacy of acupuncture for chronic pain. The analysis includes individual patient data from several trials and suggests that acupuncture is more than a placebo for chronic pain conditions.


Jena S, Witt CM, Brinkhaus B, et al. Acupuncture in patients with tension-type headache: a randomized controlled trial. BMJ. 2017;356:j697. doi:10.1136/bmj.j697


This randomized controlled trial investigates the effectiveness of acupuncture for tension-type headaches. The study suggests that acupuncture may positively affect the frequency and intensity of tension-type headaches.



It is worth mentioning that while these studies provide insights into the potential benefits of acupuncture for headaches, individual responses to treatment may vary. It is recommended to consult with a qualified acupuncturist to discuss your specific condition and determine the best treatment for you. (How To Choose An Acupuncturist, Seven Key Factors To Consider Before You Book) Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post. If you have any more questions or concerns, check out our Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find these help answer most people's questions.


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