Several recent studies show that acupuncture is an effective treatment for migraines. Dr. Molsberger, MD, of the Canadian Medical Association writes “acupuncture is more effective than no acupuncture” and is at the very least “as effective as a B-blocker (beta blocker).” These conclusions were directly taken from studies showing the efficacy of acupuncture care. He also reports that acupuncture is “effective and safe.” Also reported was that acupuncture is “more effective than flunarizine in decreasing the duration of migraine attacks.” He follows reports of these studies with other studies showing the efficacy of acupuncture for treating headaches, arthritis, lower back pain and shoulder pain.
Dr. Molsberger’s report is not without controversy. He citied a study showing that true acupuncture and sham acupuncture are both effective in the treatment of migraines in the short term. However, the same study also notes that true acupuncture is more effective measured 8 weeks after the acupuncture treatment.
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