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Does acupuncture reduce migraine headaches?

Key clinical point: Manual acupuncture is more effective than either sham acupuncture or usual care in reducing migraine headaches.

Major finding: Manual vs. sham acupuncture showed a significantly greater reduction in migraine days at weeks 13 to 16 (mean, 3.5 days vs. 2.4 days; P = .005) and 17 to 20 (mean, 3.9 days vs. 2.2 days; P less than .001) and significantly reduced migraine attacks at weeks 17 to 20 (mean, 2.3 days vs. 1.6 attacks; P less than .001)

Study details: Randomized clinical trial conducted in 7 centers in China included 150 acupuncture-naive patients with episodic migraine without aura.

Disclosures: This study was supported by a grant from the National Natural Science Foundation of China and a project grant from Hubei University of Chinese Medicine/Hubei Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center of Preventive Treatment by Acupuncture and Moxibustion. The authors declared no conflicts of interest.


Xu S et al. BMJ. 2020 Mar 26. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m697.