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Acupuncture for the Treatment of Chronic Daily Headaches

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Identifier:
First received: June 21, 2004
Last updated: June 8, 2007
Last verified: June 2007

The purpose of this study is to determine whether acupuncture can reduce pain in long-term headache sufferers.

Condition Intervention
Headache Disorders
Procedure: Acupuncture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Acupuncture for the Treatment of Chronic Daily Headaches

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

Estimated Enrollment: 74
Study Start Date: February 2002
Study Completion Date: June 2007
Detailed Description:

Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of some types of headaches, but the efficacy of acupuncture for chronic daily headaches has not been studied. The long-term goals of this study are to reduce the symptoms that are associated with recurrent headaches and to collect data that can be used for future acupuncture studies.

Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to receive 8 weeks of either standard care or ten acupuncture treatments in addition to medical care. Self-report questionnaires will be used to assess headaches and daily pain severity.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Presence of headache 15 or more days in the past month

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known intracranial mass
  • Recent surgery to the head and neck region
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00086021

United States, Massachusetts
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
United States, North Carolina
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, 27599
Sponsors and Collaborators
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00086021     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K23 AT001194
Study First Received: June 21, 2004
Last Updated: June 8, 2007
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
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