Acupuncture is Effective
Treatment for Headaches
July 29th 2005
Acupuncture can relieve suffering
from tension headaches, according to researchers in Germany. The
British Medical Journal reports that by applying fine needles to
specific body locations cut the rate of headaches in half with 270 test
Patients receiving acupuncture had
fewer “headache days”. Dr. Wolfgang Weidenhammer of the Center for
Complementary Medicine Research at Technische University in Munich
compared the difference between those with tension headaches under the
treatment with those that received no treatment.
Acupuncture was administered for 8
weeks and the subjects were observed for a total of 12 weeks (including
4 weeks after the study). The study showed that the rate for tension
headaches among the acupuncture subjects dropped in half compared to
those that received no treatment. The traditional acupuncture group
experienced 7 fewer headache days over the first 8 weeks.
The treated group also experienced 7
fewer headache days for the 4 weeks following the treatment.
"Acupuncture was well tolerated and improvements lasted several months
after completion of treatment" according to Wolfgang.
Patients who had
minimal acupuncture experienced fewer headaches as well. This
procedure is different from traditional acupuncture. In minimal
acupuncture the needles are inserted superficially in the skin. This
group had 6.6 fewer headache days while the control group with no
treatment had 1.5 fewer headache days. "The lack of significant
differences between acupuncture and minimal acupuncture in our study
indicates that point location and other aspects considered relevant for
traditional Chinese acupuncture did not make a major difference,"
Weidenhammer said in a report in the British Medical Journal.
The patients received 16 half hour
sessions over the 12 week period. Side effects were reported in some of
the acupuncture patients. One of the side effects was
side effects included dizziness and bruising.
Dr. Seidman (www.Hunyuan.org)
told Best Syndication "Acupuncture is a very effective and natural
treatment for many ailments. This study indicates the effectiveness of
such a gentle treatment on headaches instead of consuming drugs. One of
the prevalent problems in our time is the excessive consumption of
pharmaceutical drugs. This obviously is where medicine should develop
its path and increase effort, if indeed the patient's benefit is the
main goal. The study here indicates that traditional Chinese acupuncture
works as well as acupuncture without any traditional principles of point
location. This proves that the knowledge of the Doctors performing the
traditional acupuncture was yet limited. From my experience, traditional
acupuncture helps in relieving headaches in a much higher rates then
reported in this study."
Acupuncture is believed to prevent
many ailments including excessive sweating, nausea, stress, arthritis
pain and pelvic pain during pregnancy.
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