Acupuncture can provide relief for people with severe chronic headaches, a new small Chinese study shows.
Tension headaches often create a feeling of pressure or tightness on both sides of the head. These headaches are not aggravated by physical activity and do not create a feeling of nausea. They are considered chronic when they occur at least 15 days per month. Not infrequently, sufferers resort to alternative medicine methods, and the new study shows that at least acupuncture can have a positive effect, reducing the average number of headache days per month.
The researchers, led by Dr. Ying Li of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who published in the journal Neurology of the American Academy of Neurology, studied 218 people diagnosed with chronic headaches accompanied by a feeling of tension an average of 11 years and for 22 days a month.
The participants were randomly divided into two groups, one that did real deep acupuncture and one that only did superficial acupuncture. Both groups received two to three acupuncture sessions a week in a hospital, a total of 20 over two months, and were then followed up for six months to see if there was a change in their headaches.
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