Acupuncture is an amazing at treating migraines. Acupuncture is rooted in a clinical history of over 2500 years during which physicians and scholars wrote and discussed the best way to heal their patients. Clinical research also has shown that acupuncture provides both immediate relief for an acute migraine and also prevents future migraines.
Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches
In my 17 years of acupuncture practice I have helped many people with migraine headaches. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment that treats the symptoms of migraines and also can lead to long term reduction in headaches.
Migraine headaches are addressed by balancing the flow of Qi through the body’s acupuncture meridians. Stress causes the circulation of qi to slow down or stagnate, which is why stress can be a trigger of migraines.
The meridians cover specific areas of your body and can be used to relieve pain on specific areas. If you have migraines which are one sided it may be the Gallbladder channel is affected. Acupuncture points along this channel help get the qi flowing. If your migraines are on the forehead the stomach channel would be most involved. If the headache is behind your eyes, then the kidney channel is involved. Acupuncture points on those specific channels can be used to relieve the pain.
Studies of acupuncture for migraines show that acupuncture works to regulate pain centers of the brain associated with migraine headaches. Using an fMRI scan of the brain, researchers have shown that acupuncture actually changed the way the brain perceived pain and regulates parts of the brain that are in charge of controlling pain. So in fact acupuncture changes the way we perceive the pain.
Acupuncture also works immediately to relieve migraine pain. This is because acupuncture stimulates the release of neurotransmitters which relax the body and decrease pain.