Acupuncture compares favourably with the drug topiramate for reducing migraine frequency, according to Taiwanese investigators. Sixty-six chronic migraine patients were randomly divided into two treatment groups. The acupuncture group received 24 acupuncture sessions over 12 weeks, while the topiramate group received a four-week titrated dose of topiramate (25-100 mg / day) followed by an eight-week maintenance period at a dose of 100 mg / day. A significantly larger decrease in the mean monthly number of moderate to severe headache days (20.2 days to 9.8 days) was observed in a pilot randomized controlled Altern Complement Med. 2011 10):923-30).

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