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Migraines

 

I have been experiencing migraines for the past ten years. Can Acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture can help reduce the severity and recurrence of migraines. Studies have also shown that Acupuncture is just as effective as the standard drug treatment for migraines.

 

There are many causes of migraine in Traditional Chinese Medicine and alot of these can be related to lifestyle, diet or emotional stress.

It is always advisable to avoid excessive physical or mental activities that may cause fatigue which may bring on migraines. Certain foods and beverages such as alcohol, caffeine, dairy, chocolate, wheat and spices should also be avoided or moderated as they may trigger a migraine.

It would be ideal to monitor and log your daily routine (foods and beverages consumed and daily activities) to see if there is something that may be contributing to the problem.

During an attack of migraine there are some things you can do to help reduce the pain being experienced. Try some of the following:

  • Lie down in a dark room away from any bright lights.
  • Acupressure (Press or massage) the fleshy area between your thumb and forefinger.
  • Tilt your head to one side and then to the other side to stretch out your neck muscles. Try massaging any tight muscles you encounter.

Your Acupuncturist can work out the cause of your migraines during their diagnosis. Treating and alleviating the pain is usually part of the initial treatment. Depending on the individual and their symptoms your practitioner may recommend ongoing treatments to help maintain or control the symptoms. Your practitioner may find that the cause of your migraines is a deficiency in the body and this will be addressed in the ongoing treatments.

Research:

A recent study published on March 2 by The Lancet Neurology shows that Acupuncture is as effective as drugs for treating migraines. It was found 47% of those receiving traditional acupuncture, compared to 40% of those in the drug treatment group had been migraine-free for at least 50% of the time. Full details of this research can be found here.

Related research archive articles:

1.)  Acupuncture for tension-type headache.

2.)  Laser acupuncture in children with headache: a double-blind, randomized, bicenter, placebo-controlled trial.

3.)  Laser acupuncture in children with headache: A double-blind, randomized, bicenter, placebo-controlled trial.

4.)  Transient analgesic effect of electroacupuncture at Taiyang (EX-HN 5) for treatment of migraine with hyperactivity of the liver-yang

5.)  Randomized trial vs. observational study of acupuncture for migraine found that patient characteristics differed but outcomes were similar.

6.)  The impact of patient expectations on outcomes in four randomized controlled trials of acupuncture in patients with chronic pain.


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