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Acupuncture can reduce the frequency of migraines

This past week, CNN highlighted the results of a clinical study verifying that acupuncture can reduce the frequency of migraines and prevent future attacks.

From CNN:

"A study published Monday in The Journal of the American Medical Association said acupuncture may be helpful in reducing the frequency of migraines and preventing attacks.

Researchers in China found that properly administered acupuncture therapy may reduce the frequency of the most common types of migraines. The research, which builds on a body of knowledge from smaller studies, looked at how true acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture in reducing migraine attacks and symptoms in those who have been battling the condition for at least a year.

All treatments were administered by trained and licensed acupuncturists who trained for at least five years and had four or more years of clinical experience. Recipients of 'true acupuncture' were treated in four acupoints chosen by clinical experts. The four points used for the 'sham' group were chosen to avoid migraine relief.

Twenty weeks after receiving treatment at five times a week, patients in the true acupuncture group saw a reduction in the average number of migraines from 4.8 per month to 3 per month, with no adverse events reported requiring 'special medical intervention."