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Primary Care

Acupuncture for chronic headache in primary care: large, pragmatic, randomised trial

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:744

Rapid Response:

Re: Acupuncture as prophylactic treatment for 'chronic headache'


I think it only fair, and in the public interest, that any
respondents to this paper who have/have had a professional and/or
financial interest in remedies for headaches and migraine that 'compete
with' acupuncture should declare those interests. I have read that
Prof. Ferrari may have received funding from various pharmaceutical
companies including Glaxo Wellcome (1), and Prof. Goadsby has held the
position of Wellcome Senior Research Fellow (2), therefore
pharmaceutical companies that are involved in the production of headache
and migraine remedies.


John H.




Competing interests:
I am a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture & moxibustion

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 April 2004
John P Heptonstall
Director of The Morley Acupuncture Clinic and Complementary Therapy Centre
Leeds LS27 8EG