Prone to Migraines? Here’s How Acupuncture Can Help Fight Them
Your head is throbbing in pain, and you can’t perform daily activities to save your life. Medication isn’t cutting it and you feel like you might throw up any second. Ah yes, the dreaded effects of a migraine; perhaps a too-familiar topic to some readers.
If you suffer from migraines, you know that they don’t even compare to a typical everyday headache. In fact, when hit with an awful migraine, you may experience symptoms that last for hours or, in more severe cases, even days.
The most challenging part? Migraines can be so strong that they can be accompanied with a whole slew of other unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, numbness, vomiting, and difficulty speaking. Unfortunately, roughly 12% of Americans experience them and some have pain so intense that it keeps them from being able to continue their day.
Why Consider Acupuncture for Your Migraine?
Acupuncture has been used as alternative migraine treatment for years, and many studies have been done to measure the effects of acupuncture on those suffering from migraines, especially when they are moderate to severe in nature.
Those suffering are seeking new methods of treatment because often, over-the-counter medications offer no relief for ongoing migraines and the problem with prescription drugs is that they can add up quickly, costing patients more money than they’d like. Not to mention, much of these prescription drugs bring on their own unpleasant side effects as well; a good reason alone to try a different form of a relief.
An Interesting Study Reveals the Benefits of Acupuncture for Migraines
As a new study by the Canadian Medical Association Journal states, acupuncture can help ease days with migraines and may have lasting effects as well.
What did the study entail?
Close to 500 participants were treated with TCA or a sham treatment, where needles were inserted into non-targeted areas. The acupuncture points were formerly used to study migraines. All participants were unaware of the type of treatment they received throughout the month-long study. Following the end of the study, all participants revealed they had fewer days with migraines than before the study started.
Before the study began, most participants reported they were experiencing monthly migraines, lasting approximately six days at a time. This went down to only three days a month once the study was complete. A month after treatment, participants also reported a noticeable difference in the intensity and frequency of their migraines as well.
Acupuncture can do the following for your migraine:
- Reduce inflammation
- Limit the degree of cortical spreading depression
- Lessen plasma levels of calcitonin gene-related peptide and substance P
- Modulate extracranial and intracranial blood flow
- Affect serotonin levels in the brain
- Enhance local microcirculation
Other Natural Remedies to Reduce Migraines:
- Relaxation Training
- Ear Plugs
- Get Enough Sleep
- Keep Stress to a Minimum
- Pay Attention to Diet
At the end of the day, if you experience migraines on a regular basis, we encourage you to contact our office and speak to our Licensed Acupuncturist. Acupuncture is a safe and effective practice that reduces drug intake which has unwanted side effects. In addition, a personalized approach for treatment makes acupuncture and TCM better options for migraines.
We do not follow a cookie-cutter approach to care. We are focused on developing a long-term relationship to achieve your health and wellness goals together.
Reach out to our team to discuss your needs with us today!
November 6, 2019