Integrative Medicine Blog
Point of the Month: Migraine Headaches and Acupuncture
While migraines are something of a mystery to modern medical science, there are very good natural options available for migraine management.
Migraine headaches are still something of a mystery to modern medical science. We don’t know the mechanism, or the physical process that leads to the painful and disruptive symptoms of a migraine. There are drug treatments available, but they can be hit or miss because of our still incomplete understanding. Fortunately, there are very good natural options available for migraine management.
There is a growing number of studies showing acupuncture provides significant levels of relief. With regular acupuncture, migraines happen much less often, and are significantly less intense when they do happen. All without the unpleasant side effects experienced by many who take drug treatments to prevent migraines. We have worked successfully with migraines that seem to stand alone, as well as migraines that are related to hormone changes, dietary factors, stress, bright lighting, sensitivity to smells, and disrupted sleep patterns. People typically see significant and lasting improvement within six to eight weekly acupuncture sessions.
When a migraine patient arrives for acupuncture, we will often discuss with them the many positive benefits of meeting with one of our Nutritionists or Naturopathic Doctors. Combining healthy eating, a positive lifestyle, overall wellness and avoidance of possible triggers tends to provide faster and greater relief than one therapy alone.