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Acupuncture for migraine

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Migraine is a serious global health concern that imposed a huge economic burden on social health care. Over the past few decades, the analgesic effects of acupuncture have been widely recognized, and there is a growing body of research on acupuncture for migraine.

A research team from China analyzed the 100 most highly cited publications which covered studies on the pathogenesis of migraine, acupoints specificity, and the mechanisms of acupuncture. 493 publications on acupuncture for migraine were identified, among which 100 of the most highly cited publications published from 1984–2020 were cited 6142 times with an h-index of 44, and 84% were original articles. Interestingly, the most published studies came from the United States (n=36), followed by China (n=27) and Germany (n=26). Based on above results, the study demonstrated significant progress and emerging trends in acupuncture treatment for migraine.


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Song X, Wang J, Bai L, Zou W. Bibliometric Analysis of 100 Most Highly Cited Publications on Acupuncture for Migraine. J Pain Res. 2023;16:725-747.

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