Auricular acupuncture (AA) may be useful in the treatment of paediatric migraines in the emergency department (ED), according to preliminary research from the USA. In a prospective cohort study, 19 paediatric patients presenting with active migraines received a single AA treatment using semi-permanent needles inserted at a maximum of three acupoints located according to electrical resistance or pressure along two auricular migraine lines. Fifteen minutes after the treatment all subjects reported improvement or resolution of migraine, with a clinically and statistically significant mean reduction in pain of seven points on a ten point scale.
Auricular Acupuncture for the Treatment of Pediatric Migraines in the Emergency Department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2016 May 2. [Epub ahead of print].

The results of a prospective interventional study carried out by American researchers suggests that acupuncture has persistent beneficial effects on both the frequency and intensity of migraines. Fifty-nine individuals with a diagnosis of migraine received acupuncture using a standardised set of points twice a week for four weeks, followed by treatment once a week for an additional four weeks. When pre- and post-intervention measurements were compared, migraine frequency and pain intensity were found to have decreased significantly after acupuncture. Migraine frequency and pain intensity had not returned to pre-intervention baseline levels at follow-up, 12 weeks after the last acupuncture session. The impact of migraine on patients’ quality of life also showed statistically significant improvement. (Standardized set-point acupuncture for migraines. Altern Ther Health Med. 2013 Nov-Dec;19(6):32-7).