Migraines and Acupuncture:

the evidence for effectiveness

For those of you who have experienced a migraine or regular migraine attacks, understand the significant pain that they cause which can last for hours, even up to days and can produce such severe pain that it prohibits you from being able to go about your normal, everyday activities.

 

Migraine causes are still widely unknown but can be linked to some triggers such as:

  • Genetics

  • Environment

  • Imbalances in brain chemicals

  • Hormonal changes – such as before or after menstruation in women

  • Foods and drinks – such as processed foods and alcohol

  • Stress

  • Sensory stimulants – such as loud sounds, bright lights or strong smells

  • Intense physical exertion and;

  • Some medications

 

Each migraine symptom can vary with each person as there are different types of migraines, however, the most common symptoms can include:

  • Throbbing or pulsing pain

  • Sensitivity to light and noise

  • Nausea and/or vomiting and;

  • Light-headedness, sometimes followed by fainting

Whilst with any medical concern it is always recommended to seek advice from your doctor, however, recently there has been evidence to suggest that adding acupuncture as a treatment option can reduce the frequency of headaches and proposes that acupuncture may be at least similarly effective as treatment with drugs and could be considered a treatment option for anyone who is willing to undergo this treatment. Link to study:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27351677

Another review also determined that acupuncture seems to be at least as effective as conventional drug preventative therapy for migraines and is safe, long lasting, and cost-effective and may prompt lifestyle changes that could be valuable in a person's recovery. Link to study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2568375.

 

If you are considering acupuncture treatment for headaches or migraines, call us on 5539 5998 to talk to our friendly receptionist or acupuncturist today

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