Research: LINDE and colleagues,

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LINDE and colleagues, Gothenburg Migraine Clinic, Sahlgren Academy, Goteborg University, Gothenburg, Sweden,, have investigated the role of needling in acupuncture for migraine.


The aim of the study was to introduce a new method for placebo-controlled trials of acupuncture for headaches, and to examine the role of needling per se.


28 women with menstrually-related migraine were randomized to receive verum (15 women) or placebo (13 women) acupuncture for three months. Three standard size casts were moulded to secure the placebo needles in the head. Frequency and duration of migraine attacks, their intensity and the consumption of medication were measured.


No significant differences were found between the groups during treatment or at follow-up at three and six months post treatment in any of the parameters measured. The casts held the needles exactly in place despite movements of the head, and are validated as practical, hygienic and extremely durable.


This method is satisfactory for placebo-controlled studies of acupuncture for headache.


Linde M., Fjell A, Carlsson J, Dahlof C. Role of the needling per se in acupuncture as prophylaxis for menstrually related migraine: a randomized placebo-controlled study. Cephalalgia 25 (1): 41- 47, Jan 2005.

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