Efficacy of Yamamoto new scalp acupuncture versus Traditional Chinese acupuncture for migraine treatment.

Rezvani M, Yaraghi A, Mohseni M, Fathimoghadam F.
J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May; 20(5):371-4.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/acm.2013.0120. Epub 2013 Dec 28.

A new form of acupuncture can effectively treat migraines.

A recent study by Rezvani et al. (2014) compared Yamamoto new scalp acupuncture to traditional Chinese acupuncture in a study of 80 patients with migraine headaches. Patients received a total of 18 acupuncture sessions, each of which was 30 minutes in length. Results were published in the May 2014 issue of theJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Both types of acupuncture treatment significantly reduced patients’ frequency and severity of migraines, decreased work absences and need for rescue treatment, and improved their ability to return to daily activities. Authors suggest that although both styles of acupuncture can help treat migraines, Yamamoto new scalp acupuncture may be more efficient and feasible, because it uses fewer points.

The authors write, “Both Yamamoto new scalp acupuncture and traditional Chinese acupuncture can effectively reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks and improve the response to rescue treatments.”


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