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Pain Med. 2012 May;13(5):623-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2012.01376.x. Epub 2012 Apr 26.

Efficacy of acupuncture for acute migraine attack: a multicenter single blinded, randomized controlled trial.

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Acupuncture and Moxibustion Department, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Affiliated to Capital Medical University, Beijing, China. wlp5558@sina.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We aim to investigate the efficacy of acupuncture for acute migraine attacks comparing with sham acupuncture.

DESIGN:

The study was designed as a multicenter, single-blinded, randomized controlled clinical trial.

SETTING AND PATIENTS:

From March 2007 to February 2009, 150 patients were randomly allocated to verum or sham acupuncture group in a ratio of 1:1.

INTERVENTIONS:

Every patient received a verum or sham acupuncture treatment when having a migraine attack and, medications were allowed if the pain failed to be relieved two hours after the acupuncture.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

The primary outcome was visual analog scale (VAS) scores for pain, ranging from 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain ever).

RESULTS:

The mean VAS scores 24 hours after treatment decreased from 5.7 ± 1.4 to 3.3 ± 2.5 in the verum acupuncture group, and from 5.4 ± 1.3 to 4.7 ± 2.4 in the sham acupuncture group. Significant differences existed between the two groups (P = 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

This trial suggested that verum acupuncture group was superior to sham acupuncture group on relieving pain and reducing the usage of acute medication.

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