Acupuncture in headache treatment

Introduction
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By Chong-hao Zhao MD PhD and Mark J Stillman MD

In 1997 the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Panel suggested that acupuncture may be effective or useful in treating 14 disorders, including headache. The history of the practice of acupuncture in the United States and the theoretical framework for acupuncture in Chinese medicine are reviewed. The basic scientific background and clinical application of acupuncture in headache management are discussed.

In This Article

Introduction
Historical note and nomenclature
Scientific basis
Indications
Contraindications
Goals and endpoint
Description
Outcome
Adverse effects
Prognosis
Clinical vignette
Special considerations
References cited
Contributors