Acupuncture for migraine
Based on a 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.
Acupuncture is meant to keep the energy flow balanced along the meridians. An acupuncturist will place needles at specific points. Treatment takes about an hour, and patients are advised to get acupuncture once a week.
From a modern medical perspective, acupuncture stimulates various systems of your body. This may trigger a healing response.
Acupuncture needles are inserted into different acupuncture points, depending on your TCM diagnosis. The needles stimulates the nerves to release hormones, such as endorphins, a pain reliever, that trigger a response from your body.
Acupuncture by itself might not be enough to treat chronic headache pain.