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Studies Prove Acupuncture’s Superiority Over Conventional Modalities in the Treatment of Migraines

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As an alternative treatment, acupuncture is a natural but very potent remedy for migraine headaches. And unlike conventional drug treatments it comes without any adverse side effects associated with those medications. For migraine sufferers, drugs offered by Western medicines offer little more than a band aid and oftentimes do not even really work in completely ameliorating the sensitivity to light and noise, nausea, and pain that may accompany a migraine attack. For a lot of people, the issue of side effects from drug therapy is one of great concern and this all the more makes acupuncture a much preferred alternative because of its proven safeness.

The Chinese started using acupuncture as treatment for specific types of health issues more than 5,000 years ago. They initially used stone and bamboo sticks that served as needles. Today, this practice uses metallic thin needles inserted into the skin in a certain depth and manipulated in ways that help stimulate the acupuncture points on the body. The procedure is relatively painless and oftentimes quite relaxing. In the treatment of migraines, acupuncturists work to prevent and relieve the symptoms of migraines by boosting blood circulation into tissues that are in need of more blood and nourishment. Tension is also be relieved, which oftentimes, is the underlying reason for your migraines.

The efficacy of acupuncture against migraines has been confirmed by several scientific studies. In 2004, the British Medical Journal published a study in which 400 plus adults who were all experiencing migraines or regular headaches were treated with standard conventional care or acupuncture to determine whether acupuncture can prevent or relieve their painful symptoms. The study lasted three months. During that time, the subjects were divided into two groups with one group of adults treated with twelve sessions of acupuncture while the other group given the conventional type of treatment of pharmaceutical headache or migraine medications.

The study’s outcomes were compelling. The members in the acupuncture group showed an overall marked reduction in headaches. Moreover, they needed fewer doctor visits and took lesser amounts of medications. They also needed fewer sick days off from work.

The same positive results were also reflected from other reviews featured in the Cochrane Library. It was found in those studies that pitted the effects of drug therapy to acupuncture, acupuncture was the treatment that effectively lessened the amount of days the subjects experienced headaches. Similarly reduced was the severity of the pain the patients experienced.

Other studies that were reviewed examined if the placebo effect was in play that made acupuncture work in relieving or preventing migraine and headache pain. The studies were done to determine whether there is a difference in outcomes between real acupuncture and “sham” acupuncture. The results from all these studies showed that migraine patients indeed felt a much better quality of relief from real acupuncture than sham acupuncture therapy.

The efficacy and safeness of acupuncture for the treatment of migraine prove that the treatment is more than a viable option to Western standard treatments. Acupuncture has the capacity to lessen the number of headaches and intensity of pain you experience and has the power to improve productivity once more allowing you to stay away from Western medications. However, it is important that you get treated only by a certified and qualified acupuncturist in Jacksonville who can provide you with the proper treatment based on your symptoms and body constitution.

Written by Valerie

September 7th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

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Migraine – Preparing for your Appointment

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When you visit your doctor for your appointment regarding your migraine/headache, you need to be well-prepared and know what things to bring along and what questions to ask your doctor regarding your condition. Here are some of the things you can bring along with you to help your doctor accurately sort out your problem and provide you with the best possible treatment for your condition.

You can bring these with you to your appointment:

  • Your Past Medical Records
  • A diary or journal recording your migraine attacks and your headaches – Keeping a diligent monitoring of your migraine and headache attacks will help your doctor come up with the right diagnosis and will fully answer some of the pertinent questions he will ask you about your condition. You can make a migraine or headache diary by either writing down all information about your headache/migraine on a small notebook or encode them on a computer.
  • Your own Medical History and your Family Medical History – These medical records can make the doctor aware if your migraine problem is genetically acquired particularly if you have already been diagnosed with migraine. Some members of your family may also be presently suffering from migraines which they might misconstrue as sinus headaches or headaches due to a cold.
  • A list recording your questions, comments and symptoms – This is to ensure that you don’t forget them during your appointment. You can submit this list to your doctor or just read the information if the doctor asks you questions whose answers are included in the list

Questions to Ask your Doctor

  • Do you have a diagnosis for my migraine/ headache?
  • What part of my lifestyle do I need to change to help me prevent these migraines/headaches?
  • What are things that trigger my migraines/headaches?
  • If I am diagnosed with migraine, will I be given preventive medicines if my episodes occur frequently?
  • What type of medicine should I use? Is it prescribed or over-the-counter?
  • How does this medicine work?
  • If you prescribe more than one drug, what drug should be taken when and in what order?
  • Are there side effects with these medicines? What are they?
  • Can these drugs potentially cause rebound headache? If yes, what can I take instead?
  • If these drugs cause nausea, what anti-nausea medicine should I take?
  • If these medicines do not work, should I undergo diagnostic exams like MRI or CT scan?
  • Do you recommend a magnesium supplement? If yes, what kind of magnesium and how many doses should I take? Do you recommend mineral or vitamin supplements as well?
  • Do you also recommend herbal medications?
  • Do you recommend Coenzyme Q10 for headache/migraine? How much amount?
  • Do you recommend biofeedback, massage or acupuncture as complementary therapies?

The doctor in turn will most likely ask you questions as well. Some of the important questions he may ask can include:

  • When was the first time you noticed your symptoms?
  • Have they been intermittent or continuous?
  • Are you your symptoms severe?
  • What things cause your symptoms to improve?
  • What things cause your symptoms to worsen?

While waiting for the day of your appointment you need to make and keep the aforementioned diary or journal. You need to make note of the foods you ate 24 hours before a migraine episode, the things you’ve been doing and how you’ve felt during the attack.

Fully rest your body in preparation for your appointment. Avoid stress and get enough sleep to make your body relaxed prior and during your doctor’s appointment.

Written by Valerie

September 20th, 2013 at 6:00 am

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