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After reviewing 4,000 patients with migraine, tension headache and other forms of chronic headache, researchers from the Duke University reported that acupuncture worked better than drugs like aspirin in reducing the severity and frequency of these disorders.

Their study showed that that 62% of the acupuncture patients had headache relief in comparison to 45% of people who were taking medications.

The fact is that acupuncture is becoming more and more popular as an option for a variety of purposes, ranging from enhancing fertility to decreasing post-operative pain due to the significantly fewer side effects and lower costs.

In their report in Anesthesia and Analgesia, the researchers said 53% of patients given true acupuncture were helped in comparison to 45% receiving sham therapy with needles being inserted in non-medical positions.

Those who oppose to acupuncture treatments usually fear that acupuncture is a painful experience due to its use of needles. However, acupuncture is painless, it’s a method for releasing the body's own natural painkillers.

On average, it takes five to six visits for patients to report headache relief. Acupuncture was also found helpful in relieving pain in patients who had surgery for head and neck cancers, hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms and chemotherapy-induced nausea.

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This is good news for those patients who cannot take aspirin to relieve pain for medical reasons. I predict acupuncture will eventually become standard curriculum in western medical schools in the future.
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