Acupuncture, a traditional form of Asian medicine that has become popular in the United States over the last several decades, may provide relief to some patients suffering from migraine headaches.
The theory behind acupuncture is to use small needles inserted in the skin to increase the flow of the body’s chi, or natural energy. Chi can become blocked by a variety of causes. Allowing the energy to flow again can bring relief to areas of the body that are afflicted with painful conditions. Migraine headaches are severe headaches often lasting for more than a day with debilitating symptoms like nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and extreme pain.
Acupuncture can be used for migraine patients to help alleviate tension and pain and possibly prevent attacks.
Since emotional stress is one of the primary triggers of migraine headaches, the calming and meditative processes of acupuncture can help reduce tension and allow patients to feel more relaxed in general. This help patients return to their daily lives and possibly avoid the triggers that lead to this severe headache pain.
Medical professionals and acupuncturists still believe there is a lot of research that can be done to link the benefits of acupuncture to the relief of migraine pain. However, there are very few negative side effects to the procedure and the overall feelings of well-being created by acupuncture can only help patients feel better overall. However, it is also important to know that acupuncture isn’t a verified cure for migraines. While the treatment may help, it should not be relied upon as the only method for reducing the occurrence of migraine headaches.
Acupuncture works best when it is incorporated into a holistic health approach.
Patients with migraines should also be aware of the environmental and stress triggers that lead to the pain. They are encouraged to keep migraine diaries to begin to see the patterns emerge for what may be causing the migraines. This, in conjunction with acupuncture treatments, may be useful for many migraine patients.
Do you think that acupuncture can help alleviate the pain of a migraine headache for you?
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