How acupuncture works to relieve migraines

Everyone knows migraines are terrible and can be debilitating.  Headache and migraine pain affects 25 per cent of all people and can impact on every aspect of their lives. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including acupuncture, is a natural, safe, and effective way to offer relief from migraine headaches permanently!

For those seeking natural drug-free pain relief, the ancient practice of acupuncture has become the alternative treatment of choice to help prevent and alleviate migraines and headaches.

What are migraines?

A migraine is a recurrent, usually one-sided headache, characterised by sudden acute onsets of throbbing, pounding, or pulsating pain. The more intense pain is usually concentrated around the temple,sides of the head, behind the eye and commonly lasts from 6 to 48 hours. Migraines may be accompanied by visual or gastrointestinal disturbances such as nausea and vomiting, dizziness, loss of appetite, fatigue, blurred vision, eye pain, and extreme sensitivity to light called photo-phobia.

Migraines occur as a result of changes in the diameter of blood vessels to the brain and surrounding structures. Initially, the blood vessels constrict (narrow), reducing blood flow to their areas and leading to visual disturbances. When these symptoms start before the actual headache, it is called an aura. Minutes to hours later, the blood vessels dilate, leading to an increased blood flow and a severe headache.

What are the common triggers for migraines?

  • Stress, physical and emotional, or overwork
  • Alcohol, caffeine, smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Certain foods can trigger a migraine like chocolate, peanuts and red wine
  • Hormones (for example, menstruation)
  • Missing meals causing blood sugar to drop

How acupuncture works to relieve migraine and headaches

TCM has been used for more than 4,000 years acupuncture. To treat migraines, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary & lifestyle advice is given. Chinese medicine aims to treat the root cause of an illness and not only the symptoms. The basic foundation of acupuncture is that there is energy flowing through the body, termed Qi.

This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. For migraines, acupuncture stimulates specific points, which helps your body regulate the blood flow in the small vessels that typically become constricted in a migraine attack. Acupuncture stimulates the release of neurotransmitters that relieve pain.

Acupuncture also works immediately to relieve migraine pain.  This is probably because acupuncture stimulates the release of neurotransmitters, which relax the body and decrease pain. Acupuncture releases endorphin compounds natural painkillers in the central nervous system.

This is the most commonly explanation of the effectiveness of acupuncture in relieving pain, relaxes tense muscle which can also help to relieve migraines.  Often there is an imbalance in the flow of qi, the body’s energy. The acupuncture treatment will focus on correcting that imbalance to relieve migraine headaches.

Most people feel very calm during the treatment and this lasts for a period of time afterwards.  Over time, treatment helps influence you to be a calmer person and increase your ability to deal with stress. This is because Chinese medicine does not separate the body and the mind we look at the body as a whole.  The mind influences the body, and the body influences the mind.  So in treating the body we also relax the mind.

If  you are suffering, or know somebody who is suffering, from migraine headaches make an appointment today – you no longer have to suffer in pain.

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