Acupuncture is a cost-effective way of helping people with migraine according to new research.
Many people get relief from pain using acupuncture but doctors can’t always prescribe it because there is not much scientific evidence of its effectiveness. Doctors at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, report on a study of acupuncture and headache which looks very promising.
They identified a group of 401 patients who suffered from chronic headache, mainly of the migraine type. In other words, these people were reporting headache on several days each week. They were randomly allocated to receive up to 12 acupuncture treatments over three months or to usual care.
Those receiving acupuncture reported 22 fewer days of headache per year, used 15 per cent medication, made 25 per cent fewer visits to their doctor and took 15 per cent fewer days off work than those in the control group. In a separate analysis, the researchers were able to prove that acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment in terms of improved quality of life. This is the largest ever study to assess the impact of acupuncture under ‘real’ conditions and suggests it would be well worthwhile doctors offering it to people with chronic headache and migraine.
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