New recommendation from NICE: Acupuncture proven to treat tension-type headaches and migraine
Information released by NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) today reported medication overuse is one of the most common causes of headaches affecting about one in 50 people. Women are five times more likely to suffer from these.
NICE conclude that acupuncture is the only proven method to prevent tension-type headaches and migraine and that doctors should prescribe it.
Here is the quote from the report:
1.3.7 Consider aspirin, paracetamol or an NSAID for the acute treatment of tension-type headache, taking into account the person’s preference, comorbidities and risk of adverse events.
1.3.8 Do not offer opioids for the acute treatment of tension-type headache.
1.3.9 Consider a course of up to 10 sessions of acupuncture over 5–8 weeks for the prophylactic treatment of chronic tension-type headache.