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Am J Chin Med. 2008;36(1):37-44.

The efficacy of wet-cupping in the treatment of tension and migraine headache.

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Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Iran. ahmadiar1012@yahoo.com

Abstract

Wet-cupping is an ancient medical technique still used in several contemporary societies, but little empirical study has been devoted to test its efficacy to treat tension and migraine headache. Using a pre-post research design, 70 patients with chronic tension or migraine headache were treated with wet-cupping. Three primary outcome measures were considered at the baseline and 3 months following treatment: headache severity, days of headache per month, and use of medication. Results suggest that, compared to the baseline, mean headache severity decreased by 66% following wet-cupping treatment. Treated patients also experienced the equivalent of 12.6 fewer days of headache per month. We conclude that wet-cupping leads to clinical relevant benefits for primary care patients with headache. Possible mechanisms of wet-cupping's efficacy, as well as directions for future research are discussed.

PMID:
18306448
DOI:
10.1142/S0192415X08005564
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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