Acupuncture for the Treatment of Chronic Daily Headaches

2014-08-27 03:54:17 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to determine whether acupuncture can reduce pain in long-term headache sufferers.


Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of some types of headaches, but the efficacy of acupuncture for chronic daily headaches has not been studied. The long-term goals of this study are to reduce the symptoms that are associated with recurrent headaches and to collect data that can be used for future acupuncture studies.

Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to receive 8 weeks of either standard care or ten acupuncture treatments in addition to medical care. Self-report questionnaires will be used to assess headaches and daily pain severity.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Headache Disorders




Harvard Medical School
United States




National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Results (where available)

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