Is acupuncture effective for migraines? Is acupuncture effective for headaches?

A large body of scientific studies say a very loud – YES!

If you’ve been suffering from migraines or chronic headaches without relief, acupuncture is not only a viable option but a simple and effective one. The Journal of American Family Physician states, “There is moderate-quality evidence that whole-body acupuncture is effective for migraine prevention. Compared with usual care, acupuncture is more effective at reducing headache frequency by at least 50%” (1). In addition, “Initial benefit of acupuncture over prophylactic medication was maintained at three-month follow-up” (1).

Initial benefit of acupuncture over prophylactic medication was maintained at three-month follow-up.

Even stronger evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture for migraines and acupuncture for headaches is the systematic review that included 4,419 participants, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Review states “there is consistent evidence that acupuncture provides additional benefit to treatment of acute migraine attacks only or to routine care…After 3 to 4 months patients receiving acupuncture had higher response rates and fewer headaches” (2).

There is consistent evidence that acupuncture provides additional benefit to treatment of acute migraine attacks only or to routine care.

If you’re a migraine or headache sufferer, you absolutely have nothing to loose and everything to gain by trying acupuncture! It’s a simple, natural, and effective solution to regain your life back.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cris del Rosario is an integrative licensed acupuncturist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He specializes in pain relief, preventive care, and chronic conditions. Cris has a private practice in San Diego, CA. Find Cris on Twitter @icrisdelrosario.
QUESTION: What methods have you used that you found effective for your headache or migraines?