Approximately 28 million
Americans suffer from migraine headaches – about 12% of the entire population. While they affect
both young and old, migraine headaches are most common among those
20-40 years old.
Your doctor has probably
prescribed one of many different conventional medications available
for migraine, but they can cause many side effects including
confusion, shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, nausea,
depression, hypertension, insomnia, cramps, muscle spasms, mood
swings, hair loss and many more.
Acupuncture Can Help
The pain that headache and
migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives.
Acupuncture can offer powerful relief without the side effects that
prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause. Acupuncture and
Chinese herbal medicine have been used to relieve headaches and
migraines, as well as their underlying causes, for thousands of
years and is a widely accepted form of treatment for headaches in
There are acupuncturists
that specialize in the treatment of headaches and migraines and can
help you manage your pain with acupuncture and Chinese herbs alone,
or as part of a comprehensive treatment program.
How Acupuncture Works:
The basic foundation for
Oriental medicine is that there is a life energy flowing through the
body, which is termed Qi (pronounced Chee). This energy flows
through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of
our major organs.
According to Chinese medical
theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of qi in the meridians
becomes unbalanced. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific
points located near or on the surface of the skin that have the
ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in
order to achieve the desired effect.
The Acupuncture Treatment:
Acupuncture points to treat
headaches are all over the body. During the treatment, tiny needles
will be placed along your legs, arms, shoulders, and perhaps even
your big toe. There seems to be little sensitivity to the insertion
of needles. Occasionally, there is a brief moment of discomfort as
the needle penetrates the skin, but once the needles are in place,
most people relax and even fall asleep for the duration of the
The length, number and
frequency of treatments will vary. Typical treatments last from
5-30 minutes, with the patient being treated 1-2 times a week. Some
symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe
or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.
The style of acupuncture that your acupuncturist
has been trained in will play a role in length of treatment, number
of points used and frequency of visits.