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).

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