Headaches are not all the same and can be defined as pain located inside the head or in the upper part of the neck.
Also known as a headache, it presents with a typical localized pain mostly caused by anxiety, fatigue and stress.
Tension headache is the most common type of headache and therefore is the most widespread. Despite this, it is the least painful compared to migraines. However, it is a chronic disease that can cause major problems. Among other remedies, a study found that acupuncture reduce the duration of tension headaches by a few days. Here are the details.
The headache could be reduced with this method that comes from afar and reduces the days of pain
The tension headache it is characterized by mild or moderate pain. It is described by patients as a vise or circle that squeezes the head. In addition, it can occur in the frontal region or in the occipital region (that is, in the nape of the neck).
She has no other symptoms such as nausea or difficulty with light, smell or noise. If the pain occurs for at least 15 days a month, this type of headache can be considered chronic.
And it is right on the duration of pain which focuses a study recently published in the journal Neurology (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000200670). Indeed, according to the authors it could be theacupuncture the alternative remedy to drugs reducing tension headache by a few days.
The research looked at 218 people who were diagnosed with tension headache. On average, patients had suffered from tension headaches for 11 years. Headache episodes occurred 22 days per month.
In random way some participants received true acupuncture, while others received superficial acupuncture. The early treatments involved patients achieving one DeQi feeling: tingling, numbness or heaviness. The latter, on the other hand, had received a more superficial treatment.
However, the duration of treatment for both groups was two months in total, and then they were followed up for another six months. In addition, each participant in a diary had to record the symptoms and duration of the headaches. But even if they had used drugs in the most acute phase of pain.
At the end of the study, the 68% of the participants that I had received thetrue acupuncture he had recorded in his diary a decrease in headache days. Specifically, from 20 days per month at the start of the experiment to 7 days by the end of the study.
In fact, even in the group that received thesuperficial acupuncturethe 50% of the participants had experienced a decrease in headache days. In fact, from 23 at the start of the search to 12 days a month by the end of the search.
Finally, according to the authors, the research, albeit with positive results right from the start, has yet to be completed to understand if the effectiveness of acupuncture is really lasting.
(The information in this article is for informational purposes only and concerns scientific studies published in medical journals. Therefore, it does not replace the consultation of a doctor or specialist, and should not be considered for formulating treatments or diagnoses)
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