Acupuncture for Migraines

When migraine headache is too much, you feel the piercing pain in your head and wish acupuncture for migraines will help.

Using acupuncture for migraines is considered effective because it does not only decrease frequency of migraine attacks but also give a lasting curing effect. This is according to a study revealed by the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study involved 500 adults who were treated with either the traditional Chinese acupuncture or a sham treatment where acupuncture needles are applied in nonspecific areas of the patient’s body. Migraine days as well as frequency and intensity of migraine of individuals who receive traditional Chinese acupuncture were reported to have been reduced while people who took sham treatment for their migraines did not show improvement.

Acupuncture may have physical effects on patients with migraines. Needles can scare off some people. Just imagine being pierced with needles twice weekly! But the good results of the treatment can cancel the negative physical effects.

Acupuncture for migraines is also considered more effective than the use of blood pressure drugs or beta blockers even if beta blockers are taken daily for six months.

Acupuncture is also a good option as a first line of treatment for migraines and is reliably a non-drug treatment options for migraines.

The use of acupuncture has been considered to treat primary headaches such as tension headaches and migraine headaches which are asymptomatic of another medical disorder.

Does acupuncture have side effects? It has definitely not harmful or virtually no side effects because it is less invasive. The insertion of fine needles into specific areas of the lower body is followed by a gentle manual or electrical stimulation of the needles. The small vessels surrounding the area of the needle is dilated resulting in increased blood flow in the tissues. At this point, the patient is made to assume recumbent position rather than a prone state to minimize dilation of the blood vessels during acupuncture.

Using acupuncture for migraines is also practiced in New York AcuHealth and is considered a technique that activates the parasympathetic nervous system while decreasing muscle tension. Acupuncture points are limited to the forearms and the lower legs. Inserted needles are used to reduce buildup of muscle tension in the neck and back; this is an integral part the migraine prevention technique. Blood flow is increased to the sore and tensed muscles to reduce tension and eventually prevent migraines.