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Do you suffer from migraines? Let’s explore how acupuncture might help manage this condition.

Background on Migraines

If you experience migraines, you likely already know there are three main types:

  • Migraines without Aura: the most common type.  It strikes without warning and comes with severe pain.
  • Migraine with Aura: This type is preceded by sensory disturbances such as visual changes, tingling and numbness before the headache starts.
  • Chronic Migraine: Occurs when migraines strike 15 or more days a month.

Common triggers include stress, hormonal changes, certain foods and drinks, sleep disturbances and sensory stimuli. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Migraines

In TCM, migraines can result from various imbalances such as wind-cold, wind-heat, or wind-phlegm.  Other potential causes include stagnation of liver Qi, liver fire, hyperactive liver yang or liver-blood deficiency, all of which affect the flow within the liver and gallbladder channels to the head.  Whereas modern Chinese medicine heavily relies on acupuncture and herbal medicines, electroacupuncture, cupping, tui na and gua sha may also be appropriate.

How Acupuncture Helps with Migraines

  • Regulates blood flow: Acupuncture may reduce the vascular changes associated with migraines by improving blood flow to the brain.
  • Promoting Neurotransmitter Release: It can stimulate the release of pain-relieving and mood-enhancing neurotransmitters.
  • Reduces Stress: Known for its stress-relieving ability, acupuncture can help manage one of the most common triggers of migraine.

Tailored Treatment Plans

By identifying the root cause of your migraines, a TCM practitioner can develop a personalised treatment plan aiming to relieve pain, reduce intensity and frequency and prevent migraines in the future.

Integrating Acupuncture with Conventional Medicine

Whether used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with conventional medicine, acupuncture is a valuable alternative for managing migraines.  It’s worth considering if you’re looking for a holistic approach to complement your current management strategy.

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