Many people experience migraines or headaches at some point in their life, and those that suffer from them regularly know how debilitating they can be. Migraines are known to cause nausea, dizziness and even sensitivity to light, making it difficult to do anything but lay down and rest when one strikes. With some migraines lasting for multiple days, the last thing anyone needs is to lose such a large chunk of their week.
Fortunately, acupuncture can provide relief, allow you to get back on your feet in no time and even prevent future attacks. With June being National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, Modern Acupuncture is working to spread awareness on the use of this thousands of years old practice to relieve these incapacitating ailments.
A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed the efficiency of acupuncture for reducing the frequency of migraines. In this study, true acupuncture was tested against sham acupuncture to determine whether it is beneficial for reducing migraine attacks and symptoms. In participants who received true acupuncture, the frequency of their migraines was reduced from 4.8 per month to three per month. The study confirmed the findings of many previous studies that similarly tested the use of acupuncture for migraines.
Pain is a common condition treated with acupuncture as the practice increases blood flow and stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms. The holistic nature of acupuncture makes it an excellent method for treating pain throughout the entire body, and as headaches and migraines are often accompanied by neck and shoulder pain, this can be extremely beneficial for sufferers. Acupuncture is able to target all of these areas at the same time through the strategic placement of needles. Additional symptoms that come along with migraines such as nausea, nasal congestion and scalp or forehead tenderness can also be addressed with acupuncture. And because acupuncture is known to reduce stress and induce relaxation, the mind and body will both feel the benefits.
Acupuncture is a natural treatment option for migraines and headaches that eliminate the risk of side effects, unlike prescription medicines, which often don’t work or provide little relief. Many prescription medications lose their efficiency over time - the body becomes accustomed to a medication, and will require a higher dose to achieve the same effect. Eventually, the drug can stop working altogether. Additionally, medications may only mask the problem, while acupuncture activates the body’s natural healing mechanisms to promote ongoing healing.
Acupuncture provides a virtually pain-free and non-invasive option for those who suffer from migraines and headaches. The ease and efficiency of the practice for treating headaches may lead acupuncture to one day be as common a remedy as taking aspirin. Our licensed acupuncturists at Modern Acupuncture are well trained on treating these conditions and are ready to discuss your specific symptoms with you so you can start healing.