Acupuncture May Be Effective for Migraines – From – Orange Acupuncture

Jan. 12, 2012 — Acupuncture helps reduce days with migraines and may have lasting effects, according to a new study published in theCanadian Medical Association Journal.

In the study, almost 500 adults were treated with either traditional Chinese acupuncture or a sham treatment in which acupuncture needles were inserted in nonspecific points. The acupuncture treatment points were previously used to study migraine. Participants did not know which type of acupuncture treatment they were receiving during the four-week study.

After completing the study, all of the participants — including those in the sham group — reported fewer days with migraines than before the study began. Prior to the study, most suffered monthly migraines, on average six days of migraines a month. After the completing the study, they reported migraines on an average of three days in the month.

In the month following the treatment, all of the participants also reported improvements in the frequency and intensity of migraines.

However, lasting effects were seen only in study participants who received traditional acupuncture. Three months after treatment, people who received traditional Chinese acupuncture continued to report a reduction in migraine days, frequency, and intensity. People who received the sham treatment did not.

Although the study only showed a marginal benefit of real acupuncture over sham acupuncture, researcher Claudia Witt, MD, of University Medical Center Charité in Berlin, says previous research suggests that people who respond best to acupuncture treatments are those who have not been helped by other treatments and those who had past positive experiences with acupuncture.

Albrecht Molsberger, MD, a medical acupuncture specialist who wrote an editorial on the study, says that even in sham acupuncture, the simple insertion of needles into the skin, regardless of the exact points of insertion, can lead to fewer migraines and reduced pain.

“Putting needles in the patient twice weekly over six weeks does have a [physical] effect, but if we did it the Chinese way, we might be better off,” he says. (hahaha! That’s a funny conclusion) 

A previous study of 300 people showed that acupuncture is more effective than no acupuncture in the treatment of migraine. Another study of nearly 800 people showed that 11 acupuncture treatments over six weeks were at least as effective as the blood pressure drugs called beta-blockers — often used for migraine prevention — taken daily for six months, Molsberger tells WebMD.

Acupuncture should be an option for the first-line treatment of migraine to supplement other non-[drug] treatment options,” he writes in his editorial.





Orange Acupuncture, Winston Wang

Is acupuncture safe? What are the possible risks or side effects?

Yes, acupuncture is very safe. There is a reason why Acupuncture has been the default solution for thousands of years in China and have had such a success expanding into the science-oriented Western World.

Acupuncture is not only safe, it generally does not hurt either (often to the surprise of new patients). The needles are so thin that the nerve does not feel pain when it is applied through the skin. Some patients even wonder when will the needle be applied when the needle is already in the body.

Of course, we want to be fair and share about all the information and potential risks of acupuncture, however unlikely they are to happen.

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What are the symptoms, diseases, or disorders acupuncture can help with?

In America, Acupuncture is most known as an alternative medicine for pain control, but through thousand years of clinical practice and modern researches, Acupuncture has been proved to be able to treat on verities of symptoms and disease, including internal diseases and infection.


In article “Review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials” published on World Health Organization (WHO) web site has list of diseases and disorders that acupuncture has been proved, or shown to be effective: