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Clinical Studies

Migraines and Headaches

One of the most common questions we can asked is "does acupuncture actually work?" The answer is a definitive yes! But like all other therapies, including western medicine and surgery, not all outcomes are the same.

Below is a list of high quality clinical trials using acupuncture for a variety of health conditions.

The summary provides a quick look at their findings, with links to the studies. We will be updating this page as we find other good quality studies. 

A German study of 794 participants with migraines, found that providing 11 acupuncture treatments within 6 weeks was at least as effective as a prescription drug. 

A 2009 Cochrane review of over 20 high-quality trials involving 4419 participants found that there is "consistent evidence that acupuncture is beneficial in the treatment of acute migraine attacks."

Click link for study here

Stress & Anxiety

In 2017, The Acupuncture Evidence Project, co-authored by Dr John McDonald, PhD and Dr Stephen Janz,4 was published.  Their evidence included a 2016 systematic review with over 400 randomised patients that concluded that ‘the effects from acupuncture for treating anxiety have been shown to be significant as compared to conventional treatments.’

Clink link for study here

Electro Acupuncture & Arthritis

In this single blind, randomized controlled trial with 301 patients, various electro acupuncture intensities were used to determine which was most effective for pain relief. Strong EA is important to elicit the benefit of pain relief. 

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