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Exploring the potential of acupressure in treating migraines and sleep issues


In this study, Iranian researchers examined the impact of self-administered acupressure on sleep quality and fatigue among patients with migraine. Their results were published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

  • Poor sleep quality and fatigue are two of the most common complaints associated with migraine. These problems contribute to the development of severe headaches.
  • This double-blind, randomized controlled trial involved 76 patients from the neurology clinic of Valiasr (PBUH) teaching hospital, all of whom suffered from migraine without aura.
  • The researchers randomly assigned these patients to either an acupressure group or a sham acupressure group.
  • They used a demographic questionnaire, the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index and the Fatigue Severity Scale to collect data from the patients.
  • Both groups were trained for four consecutive weeks to apply acupressure on acupoints and sham points, respectively, three times weekly at bedtime.
  • The researchers analyzed the data using Chi-square, independent-sample t, paired-sample t and ANCOVA tests at the significance level of less than 0.05.
  • After controlling sleep quality mean scores at baseline, the researchers found no significant difference between the sleep quality of the two groups after intervention.
  • On the other hand, the mean scores for fatigue significantly decreased in both the acupressure and sham acupressure groups.
  • The decrease in the acupressure group was significantly greater than the decrease in the sham acupressure group.

Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that acupressure is a non-invasive and non-pharmacological therapy that can significantly reduce fatigue in patients with migraine.

Journal Reference:

Vagharseyyedin SA, Salmabadi M, Bahramitaghanaki H, Riyasi H. THE IMPACT OF SELF-ADMINISTERED ACUPRESSURE ON SLEEP QUALITY AND FATIGUE AMONG PATIENTS WITH MIGRAINE: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. May 2019;35:374–380. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.10.011



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