Migraine Relief

Migraine HeadacheDo You or Someone You Know Suffer from Migraine?

Migraine is a common and debilitating condition, and sufferers often don’t know where to turn for help.  Look no further!  Acupuncture can be an incredibly effective tool in the treatment and prevention of migraine headaches and associated symptoms.

Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world and it affects about 28 million women in the United States1.  The cost of migraine for individuals, families and employers reaches far beyond the financial.  While medication can be helpful in alleviating debilitating symptoms during a migraine, there are few treatments available to help prevent migraines.

Acupuncture is wonderfully effective for the treatment and prevention of migraine and can provide much needed relief for long-term sufferers.

There have been a number of controlled trials over the years, and the data is consistent: acupuncture is significantly better than basic care for managing migraine, and promises to be at least as effective as prophylactic drug therapy, with few contraindications or unpleasant side effects2.

In my own clinical experience with acupuncture to alleviate migraine, nearly every patient experiences some relief.  Some patients experience full relief from chronic and debilitating migraine, while others experience a reduction in the severity and/ or frequency of migraine headache symptoms.

According to researchers, acupuncture helps in the treatment of migraine by:

  • Providing pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurochumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.
  • Reducing inflammation – by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors.
  • Reducing the degree of cortical spreading depression (an electrical wave in the brain associated with migraine) and plasma levels of calcitonin gene-related peptide and substance P (both implicated in the pathophysiology of migraine).
  • Modulating extracranial and intracranial blood flow.
  • Affecting serotonin (5-hydroxytriptamine), which may be linked to the initiation of migraines, levels in the brain. 2

Acupuncture has very few side effects, and in addition to being an effective migraine treatment, patients usually experience additional health benefits such as reduced stress/ anxiety, more energy, improved sleep and a greater sense of well-being after receiving acupuncture treatment.

There is help out there for migraine!  Schedule an appointment today and start on the road toward a migraine free life!

References

  1. “Migraine Facts”, Migraine Research Foundation, accessed May 18, 2016, https://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/
  2. “Migraines”, British Acupuncture Council, last modified February 4, 2015, accessed May 18, 2016, http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/migraines.html
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