Fake or Sham Acupuncture Treatment For Migraines Works as
Well as the Real Therapy or Drugs – Research from Germany
March 2nd 2006
Researchers from Germany say that acupuncture works as well as standard
drugs for migraines. Apparently placement of the acupuncture needles is
not important either. The researchers compared fake acupuncture
treatments with drugs and real traditional acupuncture.
The fake or so called “sham” acupuncture involved placing the fine
needles in places that were not traditionally used by therapists.
Reuters reported that Dr. Hans-Christoph Diener said “This tells us that
Chinese acupuncture is not a very specific treatment”, since the sham
acupuncture worked just as well.
The researchers believe that acupuncture is a viable treatment for
migraines. Dr. Diener went on to say “The main finding is that Chinese
acupuncture is as effective as drug treatment for the prophylaxis of
Migraine sufferers can experience intense pain or throbbing on one side
of their head, distorted vision, nausea or vomiting. They may also be
sensitive to light, sound and smells.
Migraine attacks can last up to 3 days and can interfere with daily
activities. The study found that the migraine patients suffered fewer
days after being treated with either sham or real (verum) acupuncture.
Dr. Diener said in a prepared statement that “Ultimately, one could
argue that the efficacy of a treatment, especially a treatment with
almost no adverse events or contraindications, is more important than
the knowledge of the mechanism of action of this particular theory”,
according to HealthDay News.
The research was reported Wednesday online in Lancet Neurology.
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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