Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.AC., LAc.
A new study was published in the Journal of Indian Physiology and Pharmacology comparing electro-acupuncture and conventional medicine in the treatment of migraine patients. The conventional medicine group was given a drug called flunarizine, which is a calcium channel blocker commonly used to treat migraines (particularly one-sided headaches and migraines with aura), vertigo, and dizziness. At the end of the 30 day period there were significant improvements in both the acupuncture and the drug group, but the acupuncture group was found to have better responses and a more effective treatment than the drug group. To determine the effectiveness of the treatments a quality of life and a disability assessment questionnaire was given to the patients before and after the study.
Vijayalakshmi I, Shankar N, Saxena A, Bhatia MS. Comparison of effectiveness of acupuncture therapy and conventional drug therapy on psychological profile of migraine patients. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2014 Jan-Mar;58(1):69-76.