Acupuncture for Migraine Relief

Do you experience debilitating headaches or migraines?  Have you taken note of when they occur, where they are located, type of pain, any other harsh symptoms?  Most doctors will want you to keep a log  of these indicators to help in their assessment of your condition.


You may need to go to a neurologist for an evaluation and CT test to rule out a tumor.  Your gynecologist may think your headaches are due to flucuations in hormone levels.  Medications may seem to help the pain but leave you in a stupor for days and end up negatively impacting every area of your life.  Find relief from the devastating effects of headaches and migraines with acupuncture!

Accupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function.  This is done by inserting sterilized, stainless-steel needles (that are as fine as a human hair) into specific points located near or on the surface of the skin.   These points have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.

A typical treatment plan may include 30 minute sessions of acupuncture occuring twice a week for three weeks followed by once a week treatments for another four weeks.  The acupuncture points to treat headaches are located all over the body.  During an acupuncture treatment, tiny needles are placed along legs, arms, shoulders, and possibly even the big toe.  There may be a brief moment of discomfort when the needle penetrates the skin, but once the needles are in place, most people relax and even fall asleep during the treatment.

Look at these studies showing extremely positive results for effective treatment of migraines and headaches with acupuncture:

In a case study published in the June 2003 issue of Medical Acupuncture, doctors found that acupuncture resulted in the resolution or reduction in the frequency and severity of cluster headaches, and a decrease or discontinuation of medications.  It was concluded that acupuncture can be used to provide sustained relief from cluster headaches and to stimulate adrenal cortisol to aid in discontinuing corticosteroids.

A clinical observation published in a 2002 edition of the Journal of Traditional Medicine, of 50 patients presenting with various types of headaches were treated with scalp acupuncture.  The results of this study showed that 98% of patients treated with the scalp acupuncture experienced no headaches or only occasional, mild headaches in the six months following care.

In a study published in the November 1999 issue of Cephalalgia, scientists evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of migraines and recurrent headaches by systematically reviewing 22 randomized controlled trials.  A total of 1,042 patients were examined.  It was found that headache and migraine sufferers experienced significantly more relief from acupuncture than patients who were administered "sham" acupuncture.

Article contributed by Joseph R. Carter, D. C, Diplomate in Acupuncture, Florence, SC

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