Acupuncture for the treatment of Migraine Headaches
Acupuncture – one of the oldest methods of healing – focuses on stimulating specific body points. Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine for migraines and other bodily ailments. Acupuncture has been used for many thousands of years in Asian cultures.
Since 1997, Acupuncture has been considered a conventional medical technique by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
What does treatment involve?
Acupuncture involves inserting solid, thin, metallic needles into various places on the body. Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the body’s natural painkillers, increase blood flow, stimulate nerves, muscles and tissues. The traditional Asian practice of acupuncture has the goal of balancing the body’s energy, called the body’s life force or qi or chi.
It is unclear how Acupuncture works to ease pain and symptoms. It is believed that Acupuncture stimulates muscles and releases the body’s natural pain killers called endorphins. Acupuncture may also block the neurotransmitters and therefore block pain messages from being delivered to the brain.
Like many migraine treatments, Acupuncture has provided relief for some migraine sufferers, however everyone will not have the same results.