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Acupuncture for migraines

There has been much debate on dealing with migraines and headaches with our patients. Does acupuncture for migraines really help or even cure these common uncontrollable attacks. 1 in 4 of the UK population are burdened with them.

With a whopping 2.5 BILLION pounds lost to migraines each year, 25 million school days and 25 million work days lost to this painful disability, why have we not found the answer to suit everyone yet?

It is thought that only 50% of the population is diagnosed with suffering migraines. This leaves many others self diagnosing and treating them with over the counter medicines.

One of the most common treatments is alternative therapies such as acupuncture.

Many of our patients are incredibly happy with the treatment they receive. Although this does not cure the migraines it does indeed ease the pressure of the migraine and reduces the fecundity.

So what do the studies say about acupuncture for migraines?

While some professionals say the treatment can help people who suffer these headaches, others suggest it may just be a placebo effect.

An investigative study¹ revealed that people who had a one course treatment of acupuncture showed a significantly higher response rate statistically to those who received routine care (over the counter pain relief etc). This included fewer migraines three to four months after treatment.

A longer term study² performed showed patients were found to have less migraines over a six month period.

Concluding that acupuncture can provide a greater additional benefit to routine care.

Reducing further attacks can also benefit you in other ways. For example; excessive and repeated use of over the counter pain relief can cause other long term health issues.

So how does acupuncture for migraines work?

Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin in order to balance the movement of energy (also called Qi) in the body. Stimulating sensory nerves around the body with these very fine needles help produce pain relieving endorphins.

Derived from ancient Chinese medicine and practiced for over 5,000 years. Acupuncture is used in the treatment of various mental and physical conditions. Traditional beliefs of acupuncture are based on the QI (Life force) which flows around the body restoring health.

This treatment could potentially reduce the severity and frequency of your migraines helping you to relax more.

If you would like to try this for yourself then you can book in to our clinic, or call for more advice on migraines and acupuncture.

Sources: ¹https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3155101/ ²https://www.nhs.uk/news/medical-practice/acupuncture-and-headaches/