Although it is relatively new to Western medicine, acupuncture has been used to improve circulation and reduce inflammation in the body for more than 2,000 years and is an increasingly common prescription for migraine pain and management. It can be an effective supplement or complement to other therapies, by helping to improve circulation in the body, boosting its immune and nervous systems.
Before getting into the specifics on how does acupuncture help migraines, we will discuss what a migraine is and its symptoms.
A migraine is an intense headache that is typically concentrated on one side of the head and accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and/or sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines may cause throbbing, pain, pressure or what feels like pulsing in the head, and without treatment, migraines can last hours or even days.
Migraines are a type of headache – but most often are much more severe, last longer, and result in other physical discomforts. Some people will even experience migraines without headache.
Migraines and cluster headaches are also separate – cluster headaches, while still usually felt on one side of the head, may be accompanied by watery eyes and a runny nose. They may last weeks to a month, or happen in intervals. Migraines tend to be more acute, lasting hours to days, and are coupled with nausea, sensitivity to light, and vomiting.
While it can be difficult to distinguish a migraine headache from a traditional headache, recognizing the difference can lead to faster relief, more effective treatments, and even prevention of future headaches. The following symptoms may indicate that you are suffering from a migraine:
If you are not sure if you are experiencing a headache or migraine, you may want to take advantage of a free consultation with a health care professional at Aligned Modern Health for an accurate assessment.
While the causes of frequent migraines aren’t completely understood or defined, a number of migraine triggers may contribute to the onset of pain and discomfort:
By regulating bodily imbalances and blood flow, acupuncture can be as successful as prescription drugs in reducing, preventing and, in some cases, completely halting migraines. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of tiny needles into specific areas of the body, which signals the brain to send blood, hormones, and pain killing responders to the affected area. In turn, the immune system responds and helps the body heal itself.
If your body is feeling fatigued, disoriented, under extreme stress or exhausted by the physical discomforts of migraines, acupuncture is an effective treatment.
Our acupuncturists at Aligned Modern Health bring together the best of traditional therapies and evidenced-based medicine using the latest science and technology available. Working as industry leaders, our acupuncturists are top-rated and proud to provide unparalleled health care in noninvasive, comprehensive migraine treatment.