Acupuncture is effective for Migraines

 

People from around the world have known for centuries that acupuncture cures migraines, along with headaches of all kinds. These include:

  •  Migraine headaches
  • Post-traumatic headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • TMJ,
  • Sinus headaches and
  • High Blood Pressure headaches

Of the seventy million Americans suffering from recurring headaches, twenty-six million of them are identified as migraine sufferers. Headaches are cited as the number one reason for aspirin use, and Americans consume 80 billion of them a year. In addition to the over-the-counter drugs that the public ingests, physicians prescribe a vast array of painkillers. These range from ergotamine derivatives, narcotics, analgesics, antidepressants, and anti-migraine drugs to calcium channel blockers and beta-blockers.

The majority of these drugs have unwanted side effects.

WHAT ACUPUNCTURE DOES

Among the many biochemical changes in the body that scientists now acknowledge that acupuncture brings about:

  • Serotonin Changes: Low serotonin levels can make people susceptible to headaches. Acupuncture works to shift serotonin levels in both the brain and the spinal cord.
  • Endorphin Changes: Endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers are commonly cited to explain the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments in relieving pain.
  • Serum Magnesium Changes: Scientists found that a low level of magnesium in serum is correlated to migraines. Acupuncture treatment can increase the blood magnesium level.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:

I’d been getting severe migraines since I was fifteen years old. The last four years they were hitting me on a daily basis; I was in constant pain, and it was affecting everything, even my family life. Over the years I’ve taken relaxers, beta-blockers and tricyclic agents. I was able to work thanks to a steady diet of analgesics, including Sudafed and aspirin three times a day, every day.   At times I received weekly Migraine injections.

I started coming to Daniel for acupuncture twice a week.  By the seventh session the intensity of my headaches had been significantly reduced, and the migraines were no longer a daily occurrence. I started experiencing three to four days a week without pain. So we went to one treatment per week, then bi-weekly. After three months of treatment I am headache-free.  I’ll continue to see Daniel for a “tune-up,” every six to eight weeks. As far as I”m concerned, whatever it is he does, works.

The funny part of all this is, I think my wife is almost happier than I am about my cure.

Andrew H. New York City

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