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Acupuncture use for the treatment of headache prior to neurological referral

The Journal of Headache and Pain20056:160

Received: 19 November 2004

Accepted: 16 February 2005

Published: 8 April 2005


Acupuncture is a popular complementary treatment for various pain syndromes. Some studies claim efficacy in the treatment of primary headache syndromes. However, data on the frequency of acupuncture use by patients with headache prior to neurological referral have not been identified. In this study, 12% of patients with headache attending general neurology outpatient clinics had already received acupuncture; of the remainder, 73% said they would be willing to try it.

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