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Acupuncture As Good As Drug Therapy In Migraine Treatment

by Medindia Content Team on March 2, 2006 at 4:27 PM
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Acupuncture As Good As Drug Therapy In Migraine Treatment

A German study has now proved that acupuncture, even sham acupuncture may be as effective as drug when it comes to treating migraine. A comparable level of treatment efficacy has been documented with both forms of acupuncture and similar results were obtained with respect to reduction in migraine days.

More than 400 people with a diagnosis of migraine were included for the study. The study participants who had two to six migraines per month, received either drug therapy using beta-blockers, real acupuncture or sham acupuncture, where needles are placed in areas not used in real acupuncture. They were required to undergo the treatment for a period of 26 weeks.

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The percentage of patients who had a 50% reduction in the migraine rate was 47%, 39% and 40% in those who underwent real acupuncture, sham acupuncture and drug therapy respectively. A corresponding 2.3, 1.3 and 2.1 reduction in migraine days could be observed in the three categories.

A significant reduction in the migraine frequency was observed at the end of the treatment. The results of this study appear in the online edition of The Lancet. Acupuncture, a form of alternative therapy that is based on use of needles for manipulation of the energy flow (chi) in treating various disorders, is widely practiced in Germany.
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The reasons for effectiveness of the therapy remain unclear. It is believed that patient belief in the treatment modality could have contributed to a successful outcome. After demonstration of such promising results, perhaps may be it is time for doctors to recommend to their patients, acupuncture treatment as well.

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