A study done by Duke University shows how Acpuncture can aide in the relief of Headaches

Headaches

If you find headaches a part of your life, you are not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches; some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. Headaches have
many causes, or "triggers." These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). About 5% of all headaches are warning signals caused by
physical problems. The remaining ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. The headache itself is the primary concern.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been proven effective in the treatment of headache pain.

2 large reviews have concluded that acupuncture is as effective as prophylactic drugs for migraines and may also benefit some patients with frequent tension-type headaches. "The data suggest that in about half of patients, acupuncture decreases the frequency of migraine or frequent tension-type headache by about 50%, which is quite similar to other effective treatments
for these disorders," lead reviewer Klaus Linde, MD, from the Center for Complementary Medicine Research at Munich Technical University, in Germany, told Medscape Psychiatry. "Compared with drug treatments, acupuncture has fewer side effects. he added.

Additional studies that compared acupuncture with proven prophylactic drug treatments, demonstrated that patients reported greater improvements and fewer adverse effects with acupuncture. "Acupuncture seems similarly or possibly even more effective and has fewer side effects than medication," said Linde also noted