Acupuncture for Migraines

Acupuncture for Migraines

Acupuncture alone, if someone is able to come in right when they have a headache or migraine, can typically relieve it — if not completely, then dramatically — during the actual treatment. However, between migraines we need to work on prevention. It’s great to get a migraine to go away, but what a patient really wants is to be relieved of the imbalance that is causing them.  That is where Chinese medicine excels.

As you probably know if you’re reading this, migraines can be absolutely debilitating. More than most other non-disease related symptom, this issue affects people’s lives severely. For that reason, this is another complex health issue that I love to treat, as I’ve found treatment to be effective almost 100% of the time.  Seeing people free of not only their symptoms, but of their strong medicines, is truly wonderful.

Each person has the symptom for a unique reason, and we call that reason an “imbalance”. Through a thorough diagnostic intake, during which I ask many detailed questions about the rest of the body, I’m able to hone it down to a diagnosis that not only explains the migraines, but any other symptoms a person is having as well. From there, we start treatment with acupuncture.  Depending on the frequency and severity of symptoms, it will take some time to completely rid a person of migraines. But it is not uncommon for migraine meds to at least be able to be reduced within the first few weeks.  Typically, after a few months of acupuncture even the most severe patient is mostly symptom free, at which point we have backed down to maintenance treatment mode.

Chinese herbs for migraines

A few types of migraines lend themselves well to treatment with acupuncture alone, and often, that can be successful. However, most types require herbs to heal the imbalance that is causing them, and are difficult if not impossible to  treat if Chinese herbs are not brought into the mix.  Either way, I almost always like to include herbs in treatment if a patient is open to it, as treatment is generally faster and more successful.

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