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Effect of autogenic training on drug consumption in patients with primary headache.

05 Jan

Effect of autogenic training on drug consumption in patients with primary headache: an 8-month follow-up study.

Researchers from the Laboratory of Neurochemistry and Experimental Medicine, and the Department of Vascular Neurology at Semmelweis University Budapest, Hungary examined the effects of Schultz-type autogenic training on headache-related drug consumption and headache frequency. They compared patients with migraine, and patients with tension-type headache, or mixed (migraine plus tension-type) headache over an 8-month period.

Twenty-five women with primary headache (11 with mixed headache, 8 with migraine, and 6 with tension-type headache) were evaluated via an open-label, self-controlled, 8-month, follow-up study design. After an initial 4 months of observation, patients began learning Schultz-type autogenic training, modified for patients with headache. They practiced autogenic training on a regular basis for 4 months. Measures were based on data from headache diaries and daily medication records, headache frequencies and the amounts of analgesics, "migraine-specific" drugs (ergots and triptans), and anxiolytics taken by the headache patients in the three groups.

Within the first month of autogenic training, headache frequencies were significantly reduced in patients with tension-type and mixed headache. Migraine patients experienced significant reduction in frequency by the third month of autogenic training. Decreases in headache frequencies were accompanied by decreases in consumption of migraine drugs and analgesics.

The study concludes that Schultz-type autogenic training is an effective therapeutic approach that can lead to a reduction in both headache frequency and the use of headache medication.

Zsombok T, Juhasz G, Budavari A, Vitrai J, Bagdy G. Effect of autogenic training on drug consumption in patients with primary headache: an 8-month follow-up study. Headache. 2003 Mar;43(3):251-7.

Citation: Zsombok T, Juhasz G, Budavari A, Vitrai J, Bagdy G. Effect of autogenic training on drug consumption in patients with primary headache: an 8-month follow-up study. Headache. 2003 Mar;43(3):251-7
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Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award