Acupuncture May Help Prevent Migraines
Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from debilitating migraines—painful headaches that can be difficult to treat. A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that acupuncture therapy may help reduce migraine frequency in some patients.
The study compared true acupuncture administered by licensed acupuncturists with at least five years of training and four years of clinical experience and sham acupuncture. Study participants, who had been suffering from migraines for at least one year, received acupuncture five times a week. After 20 weeks, patients in the true acupuncture group experienced fewer migraine attacks—from 4.8 migraines per month to three per month—with no adverse effects.
Researchers, drug companies, and medical providers are working to develop new treatment options for migraines, which impact daily life for about 12 percent of people in the U.S. Migraines are a neurological disorder that is often hereditary.
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