Migraine is a common disorder, characterized by moderate to severe headache attacks, typically localized on one side of the head.
Different groups of medications, such as NSAIDS, beta-blockers, triptans and valproates are successfully used in the management of migraine. However, in order to avoid their side effects, alternative methods of treatment such as acupuncture are also applied.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture exercises its beneficial effects for patients with migraine as it:
1. Yong Zhang, Kuang-shi Li, Hong-wei Liu, Cai-hong Fu, Sheng Chen, Zhong-jian Tan, and Yi Ren. “Acupuncture treatment modulates the resting-state functional connectivity of brain regions in migraine patients without aura.” Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine (2015): April 2016, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 293–301
2. Klaus Linde, Gianni Allais, Benno Brinkhaus, Yutong Fei, Michael Mehring, Emily A. Vertosick, Andrew Vickers, and Adrian R White . Acupuncture for the prevention of episodic migraine. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016.
3. Naderinabi B, Saberi A, Hashemi M, et al. Acupuncture and botulinum toxin A injection in the treatment of chronic migraine: A randomized controlled study. Caspian J Intern Med 2017; 8(3): 196-204
4. The persistence of the effects of acupuncture after a course of treatment: A meta-analysis of patients with chronic pain. (MacPherson H1, Vertosick EA, Foster NE, Lewith G, Linde K, Sherman KJ, Witt CM, Vickers AJ; Acupuncture Trialistsʼ Collaboration.) Pain. 2016 Oct 17
5. Klaus Linde, Gianni Allais, Benno Brinkhaus, Yutong Fei, Michael Mehring, Emily A. Vertosick, Andrew Vickers, and Adrian R White. Acupuncture for the prevention of episodic migraine. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016
6. Traditional acupuncture in migraine: a controlled, randomized study. Facco E1, Liguori A, Petti F, Zanette G, Coluzzi F, De Nardin M, Mattia C. Headache. 2008 Mar;48(3):398-407. Epub 2007 Sep 12
7. British Acupuncture Council. Migraine