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Acupuncture for the Treatment of Chronic Daily Headaches

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

Summary

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

Description

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

Conditions

Headache Disorders

Intervention

Acupuncture

Location

Harvard Medical School
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Status

Completed

Source

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:54:17-0400

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Various conditions with the symptom of HEADACHE. Headache disorders are classified into major groups, such as PRIMARY HEADACHE DISORDERS (based on characteristics of their headache symptoms) and SECONDARY HEADACHE DISORDERS (based on their etiologies). (International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd ed. Cephalalgia 2004: suppl 1)

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