Acupuncture for Migraine

Updated: Jan 9, 2020

Acupuncture for Preventing and Relieving Migraine

Migraine Symptoms and Causes

Migraine is a type of headache which starts with a dull pain and usually begins in one part, but may spread to both sides of the temples and at the back of the head. It is usually persistent, and is marked by moderate to severe throbbing pain accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound or smell. There are various factors from environmental to genetic that may cause migraine. A few of such factors include hormonal changes in women, drinks, stress, sensory stimuli, sleep changes, etc. For adults, however, this may be caused by regular high levels of stress. And because of stress, some working adults would find comfort in drinking coffee at excessive amounts, some from drinking alcohol at the end of the day and some, on the other hand, in eating too much “comfort food”. Little do they know that habitual mixture of stress plus too much caffeine, or stress plus habitual drinking of alcohol and so on are some of the reasons why migraines occur.

Acupuncture for Migraine

Because of different everyday factors, however, migraine remains to be a problem to adults all over the world. Yet migraines can be prevented and relieved through acupuncture. According to a study published in 2012 in Canadian Medical Association Journal, it was found that acupuncture has beneficial effects on patients who experience acute episodes of migraine. The journal also discussed how some studies suggest that treating migraines with acupuncture is as effective as “using prophylactic drug treatment and has fewer adverse effects”. Aside from the immediate benefits of the treatment, some of the respondents in the study also reported lesser frequency of migraine, and the intensity of pain.

With the help of placing the needles in pressure points, the transmission of pain in the specific areas of the brain is deferred, and may be dulled throughout the process. Further, acupuncture helps in activating pathways for ease that will alleviate strain in the different parts of the body which may regulate the body’s overall blood flow.

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