Since chronic tension headaches are often more difficult to treat, and the medications used have multiple potential side effects, the results are promising, 박사가 말했다. Mark Whealy, a neurologist who specializes in headache and facial pain disorders at the Mayo Clinic. He was not involved in the new study.
Li and the study team analyzed the effect of 20 sessions of either true or superficial acupuncture on 218 people who had experienced chronic tension headaches for an average of 11 years and had 22 headache days a month.
True acupuncture treatments involve achieving a “deqi” 감각, caused by placing and moving a needle 12.5 ...에 20 millimeters deep in the body to create a tingling, numbness or heavy feeling. Superficial treatments use the same points in the body but only insert the needles 2 millimeters deep and don’t achieve the sensation.
By the end of the study, 68% of participants who received true acupuncture and 50% of participants who received superficial acupuncture reported a reduction in the number of headache days a month by at least half. The results are comparable to outcomes in clinical trials for medications, Whealy said.
“To achieve a better treatment effect of acupuncture, deqi sensation is important,” Li said. “The care providers should try their best to achieve deqi sensation at each acupuncture point.”
The research underscores that not all acupuncture treatments are equal when it comes to providing pain relief, said Ayla Wolf, a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in neurological disorders, concussions and traumatic brain injuries. 여자 not involved in the study.
“When you go to an acupuncturist who is properly trained and has those techniques, you definitely are going to get better results than somebody who learns where a point is and kind of taps the needle and then doesn’t touch it again,” Wolf said.
Limitations of acupuncture treatments
For patients who do not want to use prescription pain medication, acupuncture offers a hopeful alternative. 하나, there are still some unknowns.
“The mechanisms of how acupuncture provides sustained relief of headaches are unclear,” Li said.
More research is needed on the cost-effectiveness of acupuncture as it can be expensive, especially in the United States. 추가로, acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in the sense that patients will get the best results by coming in for treatment multiple times a week, Wolf said.
A study published in 2017
발견했다, 일부 경우에, acupuncture was linked to organ and tissue injuries
, infection and other adverse reactions
. 하나, recent studies and data have made it more difficult to criticize acupuncture
, 박사가 말했다. Tesha Monteith
, associate professor of clinical neurology and chief of the headache division at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine
. She was not involved in the study
The side effects experienced by participants in the newly published study were mild and did not require treatment, 보고서는 말했다.
Since the study was conducted at a single hospital in China, the results may not apply to all populations. 하나, the thorough design and analysis of this study provides a springboard for further research to be done on the connection between acupuncture and chronic tension headaches, Wolf said.
“Several studies conducted in other countries showed also good effects of acupuncture, so we assume that the generalization of acupuncture to tension-type headaches might not be a big problem,” Li said.
Treating chronic pain is a multidisciplinary approach, and acupuncture is one of several treatment options that should be considered, Monteith said.
Many patients in the study have dealt with chronic tension headaches for at least a decade, meaning they have likely tried and failed to respond to other treatment, 그녀는 덧붙였다.
“I think this is one of several options,” Monteith said. “A tailored treatment regimen, possibly considering multiple interventions, is certainly something to consider, especially for these refractory patients that have been suffering for a long time.”