Acupuncture could reduce tension headaches by half

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About two-thirds of those given true acupuncture experienced at least a 50 percent reduction, compared with half of those given the superficial type.


(Linda Searing/ Washington Post) — People who have chronic tension headaches might be able to reduce the frequency of those headaches by as much as 50 percent with acupuncture, according to research published in the journal Neurology.

Tension headaches, which are the most common type, are sometimes described as feeling pressure as if you had a tight band around your head. They are considered chronic if they regularly occur at least 15 days a month.

The study involved 218 people who had experienced tension headaches for an average of 22 days a month for 11 years. They were randomly assigned to one of two groups, either to be given what the researchers describe as “true acupuncture” or “superficial acupuncture.” (…)

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