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Is Acupuncture Effective for Migraines?

Migraine pain is a type of pain that even thinking about is deadly. Many migraine sufferers have learnt to live with this deadly pain. Looking at alternative methods to heal migraine, one thing that comes to our mind is acupuncture and whether it works or not, we will find out in this article.

Acupuncture treatment for Migraine- what do I need to know

Acupuncture is complimentary or alternative medicines that have evolved from Chinese medicine (traditional). This treatment for treating pain includes inserting needles in certain part of our body and these points are called as “acupuncture points”. The needles are manipulated gently.

Acupuncture treatment for preventing migraine between attacks

If you opt for acupuncture for migraine between migraine attacks, and have consulted an acupuncturist who can differentiate between prevention of migraine and treatment, you tend to get SES acupuncture treatment for your migraines.

You will get SES treatment while you are in a sitting position. Fine needles (acupuncture) are inserted shallowly into the skin. Usually the acupuncturists choose your lower legs or forearms as acupuncture points for SES treatment. The needles are manipulated gently, pushed in back and forth fashion with the help of hand while you are exhaling.

Acupuncture treatment migraine during attacks

When you opt acupuncture for treating your migraines during your migraine attack, you will get a typical treatment wherein fine needles are inserted in chosen acupuncture points throughout your body. The needles are then pushed in back and forth fashion very gently. When the needles are moved, the needles help the blood vessels around it open. This in turn helps proper blood circulation throughout the tissues present in your body.

Your acupuncturist might try a different way, as the migraine pain is normally believed to be connected to the opening of blood vessels present in our head, he/she may insert needles in neck or head area. While doing this your pain worsens temporarily. For this your acupuncturist might start the treatment targeting acupuncture points on your legs and arms only.

As per the research conducted by Great Britain on the treatment of Acupuncture for migraines they found that patients opting for acupuncture treating to get rid of migraines experienced less painful headaches compared to those who opted for other common treatments. Also people who took acupuncture treatment had to take few days off from their work and less medication and had to visit their doctor less as compared to the ones who took standard treatments.

Does Acupuncture for migraines hurt?

Are you among those who are suffering from migraine and consider acupuncture treatment as a treatment that will give you pain through insertion of needles? If you have fear of needles here is how you can get rid of your fear

  1. Look out for a professional and qualified acupuncturists and getting recommendation in this case would help. Make sure the acupuncturist is certified and licensed as per the law of your area.
  2. Also visit your acupuncturist before you fix an appointment and ask if they are using disposable needles for the treatment.
  3. Ask if there is any alternative if you have fear of needles
  4. Finally you can fix an appointment

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