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ACUPUNCTURE IN HEALTH NEWS
AND MORE, ACUPUNCTURE FOUND A VALUABLE
Acupuncture for the
treatment of headache pain has shown positive results in the past. Now, another
study recently completed at the University of North Carolina Headache Clinic
lends even greater credibility to the value of Acupuncture for Americans in
achieving headache pain relief.
patients already receiving medical treatment at the clinic were recruited to
participate in the study. Only persons who suffered headaches at least 15 days a
month qualified. Most of the patients in the study reported having headaches
almost every single day.
group of patients in the study continued to receive standard medical care for
their condition. The second group was randomly assigned to receive standard
medical care, plus receive a course of 10 Acupuncture treatments over the next
same Acupuncturist administered all treatments. Since each individualís body
and their needs arc considered to be different, the individual treatment regime
was varied from person to person.
During the course of
the six-week study, patients were instructed to maintain records of medications
used and headache pain severity. They also were asked to complete standardized
questionnaires designed to measure changes in quality of life, physical
function, bodily pain and general health. Vitality, social functioning and
general mental well-being were also noted.
The results were
analyzed at both six-weeks and 12-weeks. At six weeks, the results showed that
the Acupuncture group members were 3.7 times more likely to report less
suffering from headaches than the patients only receiving standard medical care.
Furthermore, patients who received the Acupuncture treatments reported
significant improvements in many of the quality of life measures. Beyond simply
feeling better, the vast majority of the Acupuncture group reported that their
headache conditions had improved during each of the six-week segments.
group that received medical treatment alone did not report improvements. Their
results remained essentially unchanged during the course of the study.
researchers noted that more study is definitely needed in this area, the
findings could be considered to be very encouraging to headache sufferers.
Acupuncture may very well help them achieve levels of relief that can contribute
to fewer days of pain and a higher quality of life.
us at 397-6333 for an appointment to discuss your health concerns.