Acupuncture for tension headaches: NICE says go for it!

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:

Tension-type headache
Acute treatment

1.3.7 Consider aspirin[7], 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.

Prophylactic treatment

    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.
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About Sue Kalicinska

Sue Kalicinska is a registered traditional acupuncturist, holding clinics in London and Surrey. Sue is a graduate of the International College of Oriental Medicine where she also trained in therapeutic massage. Subsequently she has added facial and restorative acupuncture and abdominal acupuncture to her skills. She is a founding member of the British Acupuncture Council and facilitates their continuing professional development programme in South-East England. In addition, Sue practices Colour Healing, being a graduate of the Maitreya School of Healing. Sue trained as a facilitator with Nikki Slade and facilitates classes and workshops in meditation, personal and business development, healing, and the Yi Jing (I Ching). Sue has been in practice since 1987 and founded her first Centre in 1990. She now holds clinics in Westminster and Surrey. Sue began her professional life in the field of medical physics and holds degrees in physics and nuclear technology as well as acupuncture. She has been an educator in science and maths both in the UK and in Tuvalu, Oceania and has worked in the field of student welfare. Her Specialties include: Traditional acupuncture, tailored to the individual and for all ages Facial and restorative acupuncture Abdominal acupuncture Colour healing Personal and business facilitation: 121 and workshops Yi Jing consultations "Health-Naturally" ..... Bespoke treatment and facilitation packages for you and your business at a venue of your choice. Master Classes for Professional Acupuncturists
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