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Acupuncture, Real Or Fake, May Help Migraines

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      ACUPUNCTURE, REAL OR FAKE, MAY HELP MIGRAINES
      PATIENTS RECEIVING EVEN SHAM TREATMENT REPORTED BENEFITS
      MSNBC
      May 3, 2005

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7722880/

      CHICAGO - A study found that acupuncture and a sham version of the same
      thing both helped reduce the frequency of migraine headaches, for reasons
      that are not clear, researchers said Tuesday.

      The findings from Technische Universitaet in Munich, Germany, seem to
      confirm other studies that acupuncture is a beneficial migraine treatment,
      but do not shed light on exactly why, the authors said.

      ³Conclusions must be careful, but in the end patients ‹ at least those in
      the study ‹ seem to benefit in a clinically relevant manner from repetitive
      needling considered by them as acupuncture,² said Klaus Linde, a physician
      who was the study¹s chief author.

      It¹s that time of the month Š for a migraine

      His study, published in this week¹s Journal of the American Medical
      Association, involved 302 migraine patients tested in 2002 and 2003. Some
      were given standard acupuncture treatments, while others were administered
      something that resembled acupuncture but was not: The needles were inserted
      not as deeply and not at regular acupuncture points on the body.

      A third group in the study got no treatment at all but were told they were
      on a waiting list for the research.

      The proportion of those who said their headaches were reduced by at least
      half was 51 percent in the acupuncture group, 53 percent in the sham
      treatment group and 15 percent among those waiting for treatment.

      ³We cannot be certain that the effects are only or mainly psychological
      although this might be an explanation,² Linde told Reuters in response to an
      e-mail query.

      ³There is, for example, evidence that expectancy modulates pain perception
      (not only reporting but true perception) and many patients in Germany have a
      very positive attitude toward acupuncture (and our study patients clearly
      had),² he added.

      But repeatedly sticking needles into the skin can possibly affect ³pain
      memory,² he said, so it could be a mixture of psychological and physical
      factors.

      Studies indicate that about 7 percent of men and up to 18 percent of women
      suffer migraines.

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