Why Use Acupuncture For Migraines?
Intense pain & throbbing in one area of the head, nausea, & extreme sensitivity to light & sound is not a fun way to live. Yet over 32 million Americans suffer from migraines, mostly whom are women. I’ve heard many stories from patients of how severe these symptoms can be, often sending people into a dark room for hours or days, home from work, or even into the hospital.
Migraines are caused partly by the dilation of blood vessels in the brain. There are no Western medicine drugs that cure migraines. Western medications provide temporary pain relief with anti-inflammatories, over-the-counter analgesics such as ibiprofen, to prescription narcotics, anti-depressants, or barbiturates. All of these options can have side effects such as sleepiness, nausea, and yes even more headaches!
What is the alternative? Acupuncture! In my experience, migraines are one of those conditions that are always responsive. I have had a patient who would literally be in the hospital every month due to severe migraine episodes. It would affect his work, travel, and family life. Since treating him once per week for two months, followed by maintenance treatments once per month, he is yet to have even a headache in the three years since I have been treating him.
Herbal medicine is also a great adjunct to acupuncture treatments. Herbs are the best way to get treated daily even though you are not in the office. I often prescribe custom herbal medicine formulas specific to each person. I’ve also had patients have success with herbs such as Butterbur or Feverfew.
Top 3 reasons why acupuncture is great for migraines:
Acupuncture for migraines is definitely a win-win. Less pain, quicker recovery, less episodes overall, no side effects, and overall better health are what you can expect. Life is short, the sun is bright, and you should be outside and with loved ones enjoying it.
Best in Health,