Migraines are a debilitating neurological condition that can cause severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. According to the American Migraine Foundation, migraines affect over 39 million people in the United States.
While there is no cure for migraines, there are a number of treatments that can help to prevent or manage the symptoms. One of these treatments is acupuncture.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the body. It is believed to work by stimulating the body’s natural healing system.
How Does Acupuncture Help Migraines?
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for migraines. A 2016 review of 22 studies found that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture in reducing the frequency of migraines. The review also found that acupuncture was as effective as some preventive migraine medications.
It is not fully understood how acupuncture works for migraines.
However, it is thought to work by:
- Reducing pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers
- Improving blood flow to the brain
- Reducing inflammation
- Relieving stress
What to Expect During an Acupuncture Treatment
An acupuncture treatment typically lasts 30 to 60 minutes. During the treatment, the acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific points on the body. The needles will be left in place for about 15 minutes.
Most people do not feel any pain during an acupuncture treatment. Some people may feel a slight prickling sensation when the needles are inserted.
Acupuncture for Migraines: Is It Right for You?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for migraines. It is a good option for people who are looking for a natural alternative to medication or who have not had success with other treatments.
If you are considering acupuncture for migraines, it is important to find a licensed and experienced acupuncturist.
Here are some additional benefits of acupuncture for migraines:
- Acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment
- Acupuncture has few side effects
- Acupuncture can be used to treat other conditions, such as other types of chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and depression
Call today 410-847-4766 to begin with a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for our Migraine Relief Treatment Program.