American Migraine Association
“Based on a recent systematic review of 22 clinical trials involving 4985 people, there is evidence that acupuncture reduces the frequency of headache in individuals with migraine, and that the effect may be similar to that observed with preventive medications. The frequency of headache dropped by 50% or more in up to 59% of individuals receiving acupuncture and this effect can persist for more than 6 months.”
I have had great success in treating patients with migraine. Many patients just don’t believe how effective acupuncture can be – “My migraine frequency has dropped down to one a week and that one is really mild compared to what they used to be like. If I wasn’t experiencing it I simply wouldn’t believe it, but here we are.”
My first migraine patient turned up while I was in student clinic. Her uncle had suffered from migraines, had had acupuncture and was cured and kept urging her to try it. She was afraid of needles and kept putting it off until one day it got so bad that she turned up in the clinic and told her story. I put the first needle in and her comment was ‘ Is that it?'(ie it’s not painful) I replied ‘pretty much’. She said, ‘I was expecting it to be much more painful’. I treated her and she came back the next week saying that the frequency of her migraines had reduced considerably. Within 3 weeks she was down to one minor migraine a week. One of her parting comments was – I really wasted 10 years of my life. If I had come straight away instead of being afraid of something that wasn’t even painful I could have been migraine free for 10 years more, instead of which I was suffering migraines 5 days a week.
See also the British Acupuncture Council page on Acupuncture effectiveness for migraines: BACC Migraine