Migraine Relief With Acupuncture

Acupuncture is more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches, according to a recent analysis conducted by Duke University Medical Center researchers.

While everyone experiences an occasional headache, one in six Americans, 20 million of whom are women, suffer from migraines and chronic headaches. While medication remains the mainstay of treatment, it maintains varying levels of success. Today, migraine acupuncture is becoming less the exception and more the norm.

In 17 studies comparing acupuncture to medication, the researchers found that 62 percent of the acupuncture patients reported headache relief compared to only 45 percent of people taking medication. These acupuncture patients also reported better physical well-being compared to the medication group.

Tong Joo (T.J.) Gan, MD, the Duke anesthesiologist who lead the study, has also conducted research to determine the effect of acupuncture on post-operative pain, nausea and vomiting. His research has found that acupuncture can significantly reduce pain and the need for pain medications following surgery. He also found that acupuncture can be as effective as medication in reducing that nausea and vomiting that can follow an operation.

Gan states: "Acupuncture is becoming a favorable option for a variety of purposes ranging from enhancing fertility to decreasing post-operative pain because people experience significantly fewer side effects and it can be less expensive than other options." This analysis reinforces that, in working with a certified acupuncturist, migraine relief is eminently possible.

The over-all increase in well-being points to the fact that, in working with a certified migraine specialist, you can energetically get your body "back on track." The stressors of everyday life can wreak havoc on your system on the whole; for some this manifests as headaches or pain elsewhere in the body. Acupuncture can energetically help right an upset system.

Diet and lifestyle also play a huge role in a person's susceptibility to headaches. Whether it is food sensitivities or stress-reduction, at Source acupuncture Center I partner with my clients to determine the best course of action for stress-headaches and migraine relief. Acupuncture needles will release the endorphins (the body's natural painkillers), but you are in charge of how you manage diet and lifestyle choices.