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Role of acupuncture in the treatment of migraine.
Expert Rev Neurother. 2007 Sep; 7(9):1121-34.ER

Abstract

Since the last Cochrane review of acupuncture and headache in 2001, which found methodological and/or reporting shortcomings in the majority of the studies, several large, randomized trials on the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for headache have been published. Following a brief overview of the pathophysiology of migraine and possible action mechanisms of acupuncture, we look at current studies on acupuncture and migraine and discuss the results. From these results and our own studies on acupuncture and migraine, we conclude that a 6-week course of acupuncture is not inferior to a 6-month prophylactic drug treatment, but that specific Chinese point selection, point stimulation and needling depth are not as important as had been thought. The review suggests that acupuncture should be integrated into existing migraine therapy protocols.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Ruhr University Bochum, Department of Medical Informatics, Statistics & Epidemiology, D-44801 Bochum, Germany. heinz.endres@ruhr-uni-bochum.deNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Meta-Analysis
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17868011

Citation

Endres, Heinz G., et al. "Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Migraine." Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, vol. 7, no. 9, 2007, pp. 1121-34.
Endres HG, Diener HC, Molsberger A. Role of acupuncture in the treatment of migraine. Expert Rev Neurother. 2007;7(9):1121-34.
Endres, H. G., Diener, H. C., & Molsberger, A. (2007). Role of acupuncture in the treatment of migraine. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 7(9), 1121-34.
Endres HG, Diener HC, Molsberger A. Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Migraine. Expert Rev Neurother. 2007;7(9):1121-34. PubMed PMID: 17868011.
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