Acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis Review uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Migraine Disorders


  • In the previous version of this review, evidence in support of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis was considered promising but insufficient. Now, with 12 additional trials, there is consistent evidence that acupuncture provides additional benefit to treatment of acute migraine attacks only or to routine care. There is no evidence for an effect of 'true' acupuncture over sham interventions, though this is difficult to interpret, as exact point location could be of limited importance. Available studies suggest that acupuncture is at least as effective as, or possibly more effective than, prophylactic drug treatment, and has fewer adverse effects. Acupuncture should be considered a treatment option for patients willing to undergo this treatment.

publication date

  • September 18, 2009



  • Review



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC3099267

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/14651858.CD001218.pub2

PubMed ID

  • 19160193

Additional Document Info

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  • CD001218


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