Can Acupuncture help with migraine ?

The research

A recent study involving 4985 people shows evidence that acupuncture reduces the frequency of migraine attacks, and it may has the similar effect with preventive medications. The frequency of headache is dropped by 50% or more in up to 59% of individuals receiving acupuncture and this effect can persist for more than 6 months.

The patient's experience

“ Following 30+years of migraine medications, prescribed by specialists, and the debilitating side effects, I decided to try a healthier treatment. Since the new year I stopped all migraine meds to begin acupuncture treatment at TG Wellness Clinic. Presently after 7 treatments and following suggested exercises, the migraines were nonexistent and minimal, manageable mild headaches.… If you also want to break free from migraine or headache medications, I strongly recommend acupuncture treatment.”-Marie

“I have done acupuncture before both in Toronto and in Shanghai. ….is an exceptional acupuncturist and he cured my migraines and insomnia. Highly recommend. Over 5 family and friends have gone to  be treated with excellent results.” -Susan.

How does it work

According to TCM theory, pain is because of blockage of meridians. Acupuncture helps to open the blockage and keep the energy flow (called “qi”) along the meridians. An acupuncturist inserts needles at specific acupuncture points, usually along a person’s back or neck or hands and feet, sometimes on the belly button, where they can break the blockage. Sometimes, a gentle head massage and manipulation accompanies the placement of the needles. Treatment takes about an hour, and patients are advised to undergo at least six sessions, usually once a week. The acupuncturist may also suggest dietary changes. For example: no coffee, no cold drinks or cold food.

My experience

As an Acupuncturist at TG Wellness Clinic in Mississauga, I treat all kinds of chronic pain conditions daily. Precise assessment and proper acupuncture points chosen are the key of success of treatment. Most of times, if the right point is chosen, the migraine onset stops right after the insertion of only one needle. For long run, posture correction and life style change are the other keys to get rid of the migraine.

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