Acupuncture and Its Role in the Treatment of Migraine Headaches

AbstractAcupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that is performed by placing needles or pressure in specific locations on a patient ’s skin to achieve a therapeutic effect. Although used to treat a variety of disorders, one of the most common applications of acupuncture is to treat chronic pain, especially headache and migraine pain. Migraines are difficult to treat, and pharmacotherapies are often the first line of treatment, although these options have many unwanted side effects, such as exacerbation of headache pain in those with chronic migraine. Many complimentary and integrative therapies are available to treat migraine (including nutraceuticals, yoga, tai chi, and biofeedback), among which acupuncture as a treatm ent is gaining increasing attention. In this review, we provide an overview of the current understanding of both acupuncture and migraine and of current research investigating the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating migraine and chronic migraine.
Source: Neurology and Therapy - Category: Neurology Source Type: research

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Source: Current Pain and Headache Reports - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research
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Source: Current Pain and Headache Reports - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz Source Type: research
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Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Headache and Pain - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: American Family Physician - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Am Fam Physician Source Type: research
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