Migraine headaches are the most common form of debilitating headaches. A growing number of migraine sufferers are turning to acupuncture for relief because acupuncture can offer powerful release from migraine pain without the side effects that medications can cause.
There are many triggers for migraines, including food, lifestyle, hormone fluctuations, lack of sleep, bright lights, anxiety, stress, and even changes in the weather. Family history and personal constitution also influence susceptibility and frequency of migraine headaches. Whatever the triggers, when you have a migraine, it can become impossible to participate in the daily activities of life.
From a Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) perspective, migraines are the result of unbalanced, or blocked energy. The cyclical life energy, or Qi, (pronounced “chee”) flows through channels, called meridians to the organs. When this energy becomes unbalanced, stagnation and resulting pain occur. Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system, releasing neurotransmitters which relax the body and decrease the sensitivity to pain. Acupuncture restores the balance of energy and allows the body and mind to repair itself. The acupuncturist seeks to identify the acupuncture points most closely associated with the pattern of migraine symptoms, and customizes treatments to target those symptoms. Acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle modifications can prevent or significantly reduce the occurrence of migraine headaches.
If you suffer from migraine headaches, and you have not tried traditional Chinese medicine to treat the condition, you should make an appointment to explore acupuncture treatment options. Schedule your appointment today!
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