Have you suffered with a severe throbbing headache? It may or may not be accompanied by visual disturbances, nausea, dizziness and other symptoms. This could be a migraine, which are vascular in nature, involving excessive dilation or contraction of the brain’s blood vessels. Migraine headaches may occur anywhere from once a week to once or twice a year, and they often run in families. These headaches have no age barriers, as the most common ages is between twenty and thirty-five, hopefully declining with age, however children get migraines as well.
How acupuncture may help with migraines…
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice based on the belief that health is determined by qi (pronounced chee) that is energy that flows through every living being. This energy is thought to flow through the body along pathways called meridians, each linking to a specific organ. If something obstructs the flow, various problems including pain can set in. A practitioner who specializes in Oriental Medicine must perform this alternative treatment. In the United States, acupuncture is used widely to relieve pain, including backaches and migraines.
During treatment, hair-like needles are placed into the skin superficially on specific points along the meridian pathway. These needles are placed in many places, not just the head and face. Through the method of acupuncture, congestion is cleared via stimulation, allowing energy to flow freely into these meridian areas. The altering of biochemical and physiological changes can reduce pain and lets healing occur. The process of acupuncture can be used as an analgesic, a sedative and a muscle relaxant. Some patients feel relief with only one treatment where others may need a series of sessions.
The bottom line…
“While not a cure-all, acupuncture is remarkably effective when used in conjunction with other therapies, such as diet, herbs and homeopathy,” states Gary Null, Ph.D. in his book "The Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Healing." Research claims that acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins, which are the body’s own painkillers. Dr. Null also explains that the Chinese believe that a single symptom, like headache pain, is a result of wider problems, hence the entire body needs to be treated. This alternative therapy seems completely safe, with no known side effects.
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This author is not a licensed medical professional. This article is not intended to replace medical advice.