Magnetic stimulation helps fight migraines

A British watchdog organization has endorsed the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may treat certain types of migraines, particularly when other treatments fail.

TMS uses a portable device that is placed on the scalp to deliver a brief magnetic pulse. In the trial, which involved 164 patients, TMS worked twice as well as fake therapy or placebo. In addition, about 40 percent of the participants were pain-free two hours after using the TMS device.

NICE, the watchdog group, acknowledged that more research is needed to gauge the long-term effectiveness of the treatment.  It also warns that patients should be aware of the treatment uncertainties, and that the reduction in migraines might only be moderate.

Sourced from: BBC, Migraine sufferers ‘may benefit from magnet therapy’