At our clinic, we specialize in headaches and migraine; we have seen firsthand how many chronic migraine sufferers have been able to reduce or eliminate medications and manage their condition solely with acupuncture and lifestyle adjustments.
How does acupuncture help alleviate chronic headaches and migraine?
Relieves pain by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues trigger the release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changing the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.
Reduces inflammation by promoting the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors.
Reduces the degree of cortical spreading depression (an electrical wave in the brain associated with migraine) and plasma levels of peptides implicated in the pathophysiology of migraine.
Affects serotonin levels in the brain.
Alleviates trigger points in the neck and shoulders.
Back to Emily. By using a multi-pronged approach to identify and address some of the underlying factors that contributed to her specific migraine pattern we were able to work together to drastically reduce her migraine frequency. She now gets a migraine once every three or four months. For a migraine sufferer who was having a migraine several times per week, this is life-changing. With the help of acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas, her cycle is now regular, PMS-free, and pain-free. Her life is no longer revolving around her migraines.
These results are entirely possible and you don’t just have to live with the cycle of pain. If this sounds like you, don’t give up. Try some of the tips in this article and do some research. There are so many options available to women suffering from migraines outside of prescription medications. Unfortunately, these options are not widely known and it takes some detective work to help you figure out the underlying root causes specific to your situation. While there is no single known cause and research is still needed to better help migraine sufferers, there is much that can be done to help you now. Your body is giving you clues if you know what to look for. A well-versed practitioner can greatly help you and guide you in this process. You can break the pattern even if it’s been going on for years.
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