Headache in children: update on complementary treatments

Neuropediatrics. 2013 Feb;44(1):25-33. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1333435. Epub 2013 Jan 11.


Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used by both physicians and patients with primary headache syndromes. Despite a considerable number of articles addressing CAM in primary headache syndromes, the overall evidence for CAM is still poor. The aim of this review was to give an overview of the current evidence of the main alternative therapies used in the treatment of primary headache syndromes of childhood. MEDLINE and Cochrane Library were systematically searched for articles dealing with complementary and alternative treatment or prophylaxis of headache and migraine published within the past 20 years.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods
  • Acupuncture Therapy / trends
  • Child
  • Complementary Therapies / methods*
  • Complementary Therapies / trends
  • Headache Disorders / drug therapy
  • Headache Disorders / therapy*
  • Homeopathy / methods
  • Homeopathy / trends
  • Humans
  • Manipulation, Osteopathic / methods
  • Manipulation, Osteopathic / trends
  • Migraine Disorders / drug therapy
  • Migraine Disorders / therapy