Research - The role of acupuncture in the treatment of migraine

migraineMost of Canadian local news stations recently reported treating migraines by acupuncture after Dr. Molsberger, MD, of the Canadian Medical Association wrote “acupuncture is more effective than no acupuncture” and is at the very least “as effective as a B-blocker (beta blocker)” on treating migraines.

Acupuncture is “effective and safe”, it is “more effective than flunarizine in decreasing the duration of migraine attacks.” Although acupuncture and sham acupuncture (where the needles are inserted only to a superficial depth in the skin, or into sites that are not considered acupuncture points in traditional medicine) appear equally effective in treating migraines.

Dr. Albrecht Molsberger later on told Reuters Health "sham acupuncture is not a true placebo -- and may have real physiological effects".

There are much debate and discussions regarding acupuncture and sham acupuncture. The truth is, they all are acupuncture.

Dr. Benny Xu pointed out that:

  • Acupuncture points not associated with meridians are common, and those un-named points called A-shi points in acupuncture. 
  • Regarding of the depth of the needle insertion, those are relative to patients size, weight, skin thickness, muscle density, size of the needle, patients sensitivity to pain, etc.

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