Written by Integrative Today | Medically Reviewed by Deborah Farley | Updated on
Did you know acupuncture is the most widely used traditional medicine practice globally? The World Health Organization has endorsed acupuncture as an effective treatment for migraines.
Acupuncture for migraines is a precise and proven treatment for providing essential relief.
Struggling with migraines or tension-type headaches? Keep reading to find out exactly what acupuncture is, how it could benefit you, and where to go for treatment.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice for restoring balance to the body.
Our bodies have energy meridian pathways responsible for different organs in our body. When the flow of energy becomes blocked, it can create negative physical symptoms. These can be treated through the use of acupuncture at specific pressure points in the body.
The procedure involves stimulating your body through the use of thin needles for physical and mental health benefits.
There are different types of acupuncture and treatments depending on your needs. These can include Soliman auricular allergy treatment, cupping therapy, and electroacupuncture.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Migraines
You don’t have to deal with your migraines and their symptoms forever.
Acupuncture reduces tightness in your neck, promotes blood circulation, and reduces inflammation.
When the immune and circulation systems are stimulated, it tells the body that an instant response is needed. This means fast relief that can begin from just one treatment.
Studies on acupuncture show that it’s equally as effective as drug therapy. This makes it a great choice if you don’t want to use prescription pain medication or anti-nausea pills. These pills can have negative side effects such as nausea and fatigue.
Acupuncture restores the flow of positive Qi energy through your body and removes negative energy which is the root cause of your pain.
Hormones are regulated and balanced, helping to reduce stress and provide relaxation benefits.
What to Expect from Treatment
How often will you need acupuncture for migraines? You may only need one session, but it’s likely you will need to have a series of sessions for the best results, especially if your issue is chronic or complex
Before treatment, you’ll be asked questions about your symptoms, lifestyle, and health. The practitioner will then do a physical exam to diagnose any energy imbalances.
The licensed acupuncturist will then use fine needles at specific points along your meridian pathways.
Sessions can last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, with the needles in place for 10–15 minutes at a time.
Some people report feeling the needles, while others say they can’t feel anything at all. Generally, the treatment is painless.
Acupuncture for Migraines: Worth a Try?
If you’re suffering, acupuncture for migraines is a researched treatment worth exploring.
Consult your doctor first if you’ve had a blow to the head, or if you’re experiencing any loss of vision or dizziness.
Ready to try acupuncture? Book an appointment online to visit one of our licensed specialists.
Meet Our Expert: Deborah Farley
Founder of Acupuncture Works,LLC in Lynchburg Virginia. Deborah is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.).
She is also licensed by the State of Florida as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM). Deborah is a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
She graduated from the East West College of Natural Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s Degree of Professional Health Sciences.