Migraines affect 18% of women in the U.S., yet as common as they are, effective treatments aren't always easy to come by. People have sought costly prescription medications and adjustments in diet to combat dreaded migraines, but a new study highlighted by New York Magazine's Science of Us shows a traditional medicine practice could be an effective solution.
A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine and conducted by a group of Chinese scientists finds that acupuncture "significantly reduced" the frequency of migraines without auras. 249 patients between the ages of 18 and 65 who suffer from migraines without auras two to eight times a month were divided into three groups—one receiving true acupuncture, one receiving "sham" acupuncture, and the third on a waiting list for migraine treatment. Patients in the first group receiving true acupuncture experienced their migraine frequency decrease from nearly five times a month to just three. While these results seem promising, more research is required before acupuncture can be touted to treat migraines.