In a prestigious Cochrane review of 22 trials which investigated whether acupuncture is effective in the treatment of migraine it was found that those patients who received acupuncture had fewer headaches. In trials in which acupuncture was compared to a proven drug treatment, patients receiving acupuncture mainly reported more improvement and fewer side effects. Collectively, the studies show that migraine patients benefit from acupuncture. Long-term follow up saw that there was continued benefit 9 months after treatment.
The review summary stated “there is consistent evidence that acupuncture provides additional benefit to treatment of acute migraine attacks only, or to routine care. Available studies suggest that acupuncture is at least as effective as, or possibly more effective than, drug treatment, and has fewer adverse effects. Acupuncture should be considered a treatment option for patients.”