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Acupuncture may be safe option to reduce migraine headaches, claims study

Acupuncture may reduce migraine headaches compared to usual care, claims a study that suggests doctors should provide information about the traditional Chinese therapy as an option when discussing preventive treatment strategies with patients. More than one billion people worldwide are affected by migraine, the researchers from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, said. For people with frequent migraines, preventive treatments to reduce headache frequency are available, but not all patients respond well to drug therapy and many prefer to avoid it, they said. The study, published in The BMJ, set out to compare the effectiveness of manual (real) acupuncture with sham (placebo) acupuncture or usual care. Their findings are based on 147 patients with average age of 37 and a history of migraine without aura, who were recruited from seven hospitals in China from June 2016 to November 2018. None of the patients had received acupuncture before, and all were instructed not ..


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