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December 09, 2008

Acupuncture More Effective Than Drugs for Chronic Headaches

Duke University researchers report that acupuncture works better than drugs (like aspirin) to reduce severity and frequency of chronic headaches.

The Duke team analyzed data from 30 studies which included 4,000 patients. The results of the meta-study were that 62% reported relief with the treatment of acupuncture, while with drugs only 45% reported relief.

The Duke team, led by anesthesiologist Tong Joo Gan, said data demonstrates clearly the efficacy of acupuncture.

"Acupuncture is becoming a favorable option for a variety of purposes ranging from enhancing fertility to decreasing post-operative pain because people experience significantly fewer side effects and it can be less expensive than other options," Gan told Duke University News Service. "This analysis reinforces that acupuncture also is a successful source of relief from chronic headaches."

Abstract: Analgesia and Anesthesia December, 2008

Posted by mpence at December 9, 2008 02:05 PM