The central analgesic mechanism of acupuncture for migraine remains poorly understood. Acupuncture has been shown to become a recommended treatment for migraine sufferers. However, a single acupuncture stimulus cannot be indicative of the cumulative effects of acupuncture treatment. Prof. Fanrong Liang and colleagues from Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine recruited migraine sufferers receiving 1 month of acupuncture treatment and explored the central analgesic mechanism of the cumulative effects of acupuncture for migraine. The aim of their study was to examine changes in brain functional activity and central networks in subjects with migraine undergoing acupuncture at Shaoyang uncommon acupoints. This trial has been registered on http://www.
Article: " A central analgesic mechanism of acupuncture for migraine," by Lei Lan1, Yujie Gao2, Fang Zeng1, Wei Qin3, Mingkai Dong1, Mailan Liu1, Taipin Guo1, Fanrong Liang1 (1 School of Acupuncture and Tuina, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu 610075, Sichuan Province, China; 2 School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan 750004, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China; 3 Life Science Research Center, School of Life Sciences and Technology, Xidian University, Xi'an 710071, Shaanxi Province, China)
Lan L, Gao YJ, Zeng F, Qin W, Dong MK, Liu ML, Guo TP, Liang FR. A central analgesic mechanism of acupuncture for migraine: an ongoing functional MRI study. Neural Regen Res. 2013;8(28):2649-2655.