What are Migraines?

Migraine is a headache disorder characterized by recurrent headaches that are moderate to severe. Typically affecting one side of the head that are pulsating in nature and last from two to 72 hours. Migraines are often accompanied with nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, or smell. The pain is generally made worse by physical activity. Most people will have floaters (dots in their visual field) or say they see what is described as an aura indicating the onset of a migraine.

Facts About Migraines

Migraines are believed to be due to a mixture of both environmental and genetic factors. About two-thirds of cases run in the family. Changing hormone levels also play a role, migraines affect slightly more boys than girls before puberty and two to three times more women than men in adulthood. The risk of migraines usually decreases during pregnancy. The underlying mechanisms are not fully known. It is believed to involve the nerves and blood vessels of the brain.

Migraine Triggers

  • Allergens
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Diet
  • 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 acupuncture points 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

In Western Medicine the typical treatment for migraine headaches is usually some sort of painkiller. Sometimes anti nausea medication is prescribed to help prevent migraine headaches from developing. When these methods prove ineffective, stronger pharmaceutical medication is prescribed. Long term use of these pharmaceuticals are damaging to the internal organs and have harmful side effects.

Those who receive acupuncture, experience fewer days with migraines and reduced dependence on medication. Acupuncture can reduce the acute pain during a migraine and can also reduce and eliminate future migraine attacks. Acupuncture is most effective for the treatment of mild to moderate migraine pain. With acupuncture and Chinese Herbs we can regulate the flow of qi and blood to the head and remove obstructions causing pain.