More evidence that acupuncture helps prevent migraines

This sham–controlled trial involved 100 adults who had failed to achieve a 50% reduction in migraine attacks on preventive medication. Each patient was treated with 12 sessions of either real or sham (pretend) acupuncture. After one month the frequency of headaches in those treated with real acupuncture reduced from a little over five a month to a little over three a month. Improvement continued up to 4 months which was the longest people were followed up in the study.Acupuncture also has less side-effects than medication. As the benefit declined over time may be necessary to continue treatments over the longer term though at less frequent intervals.