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Acupuncture Is An Ideal Alternative Treatment For Migraines

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Anyone who is suffering from migraines knows how miserable their life can be. Migraines can have a profound effect on your quality of life and can be absolutely debilitating. Symptoms can be very severe or very mild and can endure for several days to less than an hour. Sufferers often sense a throbbing or pounding type of pain that’s felt in one side of their head. Migraines can be so severe for some people that they produce additional symptoms such as extreme fatigue, blurry vision, extreme sensitivity to external stimuli (scent, noise, light), and nausea and/or vomiting.

While the exact cause of migraines is unknown, it is believed that it is tied to a weak nervous system that becomes very sensitive to changes in a person’s external or internal environment. This heightened sensitivity is related to the widening of the blood vessels around the skull and with serotonin metabolism. Serotonin is known as the “happy hormone” and low levels of it in the body seem to be associated with the beginning of a migraine; the processing system of the brain is affected and sets off the release of inflammation-causing chemicals that cause pain and activates the sympathetic nervous system which causes stress. Coincidentally, people suffering from chronic migraines are also known to be very prone to anxiety and depression.

The Western medical treatments for migraine include anti-depressants, caffeine, barbiturates, and anti-inflammatory medications. For really severe migraine symptoms, doctors usually prescribe a combination of these drugs. When it comes to addressing the root cause of the migraines, these drugs are practically worthless and they even usually cause other non-related problems. All pharmaceutical medicines are synthetic and hence burden the lymphatic system and the liver. Barbiturates make you drowsy and are habit forming. SSRIs can weaken one’s sex life and decrease libido.

Migraines, according to Chinese medicine are caused by a liver disorder. In acupuncture, the liver governs the circulation of energy throughout the body and is intimately connected to blood pressure, hormone regulation, and the nervous system. It is the organ that’s also extremely sensitive to external and internal stress.

Acupuncture studies show that when it comes to treating migraines, acupuncture is a safe and effective modality. It involves the application of tiny needles in specific pressure points to rectify bodily dysfunctions and regulate the Liver.

Acupuncture can be used to:

• Calm the nervous system
• Increases serotonin levels by regulating brain chemistry
• Regulate hormonal changes
• Treat inflammation
• Boost blood flow

Migraine frequency and severity are drastically lessened as the body starts to function more effectively.

If you or someone you know suffers from migraines talk to a licensed and qualified acupuncturist near your area. You and your acupuncturist will discuss alternatives to medicines and design a treatment plan that will help reduce the frequency and magnitude of your migraines. Your acupuncturist will not only resolve the symptoms of your migraines, he/she will also address the root of the problem in a natural, safe, and non-invasive way.

Written by Valerie

May 30th, 2017 at 10:22 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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