Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medicine practice, based on inserting thin needles to the body’s pressure points to relieve pain and treat other conditions, such as migraine. While Western medicine has been skeptical about the effects of acupuncture before, a lot has changed in the perception of this treatment option following clinical trials done in the last decade.
One study, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, involved almost 5,000 patients who underwent regular acupuncture to reduce their migraine frequency. According to the experts, some 59% of the patients saw improvements in their condition when their migraine episodes dropped by as much as 50% after getting acupuncture. The effects of the procedure supposedly lasted for more than 6 months.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed acupuncture as a treatment option since the late ’70s.
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