What are Migraines?
Migraine is a neurological syndrome characterized by altered bodily perceptions, severe headaches, and nausea. Sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms can be severe enough to affect daily activities
Facts about Migraines
Migraine, or severe headache, is among the most common health complaints. 15 percent of adults experience migraines three to four times yearly. Adults ages 18-44 are almost 3 times as likely as adults 65 and older to report migraines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Environmental Factors (Weather Changes)
Acupuncture for Migraines
Increasing evidence indicates, Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for migraine pain which can be utilized as a primary or complementary therapy. Acupuncture can treat most types of headache, which are often a migraine, tension headache, or combination of the two.
Acupuncture for migraine prevention selects acupoints on the body which induces blood flow in the tissues and blood vessels located near the needle insertion. This increased blood flow relaxes tight muscles, which reduces muscle tension and stress. Improved circulation also removes stagnation, which aids in migraine prevention.
Acupuncture Vs Western Medicine
Those who receive acupuncture experience fewer days with migraines and reduced dependence on medication. Acupuncture can reduce the acute pain during migraine onset and can also preventatively treat migraine between migraine attacks. Acupuncture is most effective for the treatment of mild to moderate migraine pain.
Migraine onset pain is often associated with blood vessel dilation, which increases blood flow. Acupuncture for pain which occurs during migraine occurrence selects arm and leg acupoints which minimizes blood vessel dilation in the head and neck areas. Acupuncture activates the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing the body to relax.