Acupuncture and Migraine Headaches
Updated: Jan 15
There is no denying the headache that is generally associated with migraines is excruciating.
Many people around the world suffer from it. However, despite widespread research, a definitive treatment for migraine headaches has not been formulated.
Acupuncture is one such modality that has gained popularity in recent times. Even the World Health Organization has approved it as a potent treatment for migraine headaches.
How does acupuncture work for migraines?
Acupuncture is one of the traditional modalities of Chinese medicine, which involves using needles in specific areas of the body known as pressure points that can relieve pain. These pressure points are generally closely associated with nerves and are the main reason for producing positive energy in the body and stopping negative energy flow.
This can fasten the pain-relieving process considerably. Moreover, the needles are used to release pressure from the nerves and trigger an increased production of the endorphin hormone. Thus, the body reacts to the triggering factor of migraines mildly and even relieves it.
What are the shortcomings of acupuncture for the treatment of migraine headaches?
Even though acupuncture has become a part of many treatment modalities for the treatment of migraines, there are a few reasons why it has not gained a lot of popularity. Firstly, the treatment is very technique-sensitive. If done improperly, it can lead to body bruising and even cause fatigue. Secondly, the needles can cause undue infection in the body.
Multiple incidents have been reported of using dirty needles for acupuncture, which has caused a lot of harm to the body. Lastly, it must be supplemented with certain pain medications and may not be considered the sole treatment option for migraine headaches.
If you want an acupuncture treatment look into the details before starting. A reputable acupuncturist will discuss the entire process and ensure that it is entirely safe to use acupuncture for the relief of your migraine problems.
Parkway Foot & Back Clinic is a full-service pain management facility.