Treatment of migraine by Acupuncture
Journal/Book: Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Researche Int J. 1979; 4: 137-147.
Abstract: Twelve patients suffering from either common or classical migraine were treated by acupuncture receiving, on average,six 2-weckly treatments and then follow-up treatments at 1-6monthly intervals. A significant reduction in the severity and frequency of migrainous episodes occurred, in all but one patient, after the initial courscoftreatrnent.The improvement was then maintained during the period of follow up. Seven patients were able to stop anti- migraine medication and four found that smaller dosages were required to control the milder headaches which occurred following treatment. Three of the patients were treated during acute attacks of migraine, with almost complete relief of headaches and nausea within 10-20 min. The possible mechanisms of action of acupuncture in this condition are discussed.