Acupuncture is used to address a variety of health issues, including migraines. A few years ago, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a study about the use of acupuncture to treat migraines.
The study included nearly 500 adults who either received acupuncture according to traditional Chinese methods or a placebo acupuncture involving the insertion of needles at random points in the body. Participants remained unaware of which treatment they received over the course of four weeks.
All participants in the study, including those who participated in the placebo group, reported that they had fewer migraines per month than they did before the treatment. The average number of migraines dropped from six to three. However, patients who received traditional Chinese acupuncture continued to report long-term benefits while individuals in the placebo group did not. Three months after treatment, participants who received traditional acupuncture continued to have fewer and less intense migraines.