Acupuncture and Headache Pain
According to research appearing in the British Medical Journal (2004; 328(7442):744), acupuncture may be beneficial to headache patients. The study involved 401 subjects who regularly experienced headaches several times each week. Patients were divided into two groups. One group received 12 acupuncture treatments during a three month period. The other group did not.
The patients receiving the acupuncture experienced a reduction in the number of headaches—22 fewer, on average, over the course of a year. The acupuncture group also had a decreased number of doctors’ visits (by 25%), had 15% fewer sick days and took 15% less medication than the control group. There was also a reduction in the severity of the headaches for those who received acupuncture.