Effectiveness of true acupuncture for chronic tension-type headache

Takeaway

  • True acupuncture (achieving deqi sensation) reduced mean headache days per month in patients with chronic tension-type headache (CTTH).

Why this matters?

  • CTTH is one of the most common headache disorders and can impose a significant burden on the individual.

  • The study demonstrated that CTTH patients undertaking an intensive acupuncture protocol can achieve long-term symptom relief (~8 months after treatment initiation) and with further study may prove to be a valuable tool in the treatment of headache disorders.