|B O D Y S C A P E S Acupuncture||
Integrating TCM into a self-care program can be extremely effective in treating migraine headaches. Using therapies such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, whole food diet therapy, massage, meditation, and yoga can completely eliminate and/or greatly reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of migraine headaches. The benefits include:
Some of the common symptoms of a typical migraine headache may include:
There are a number of things that may trigger a migraine. Common migraine triggers include:
Clinical Studies Show Significant
Benefits for Migraine Patients
1. Two clinical studies conducted on the effects of acupuncture on migraine headaches demonstrated significant improvements. In one of the largest studies, a team of investigators examined the effectiveness of acupuncture versus a variety of pharmacological therapies in treating migraines. Their results, published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine revealed that patients given acupuncture experienced fewer migraine episodes, missed fewer days from work, and suffered no side effects compared to patients on conventional drug therapy.
2. Another report published in the online version of the British Medical Journal has found that acupuncture is a useful, cost-effective treatment for chronic headaches, particularly migraines.
3. In a report published in the December 2008 Anesthesia & Analgesia, researchers determined that acupuncture was superior to the other therapies with regard to headache intensity, headache frequency, physical function and response rate.
Treatment complications Using Western Drugs
Using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) and aspirin, may cause abdominal pain, bleeding, and ulcers - especially if taken in large doses or for prolonged period of time. In addition, if you take over-the-counter or prescription headache medications more than two or three times a week or in excessive amount, you may be setting yourself up for a serious complication known as rebound headaches. Rebound headaches occur when medications not only stop relieving pain, but actually begin to cause headaches.