Migraine is a common neurological disorder that is described as a moderate to sever pain; it can be throbbing, concentrated to one side of the head, and could include light and/or noise sensitivity. Acupuncture could be used as an alternative treatment to help with patient who may have side effects from medications, and for others who may find that medication is not helpful or don’t want to take it.

Acupuncture works by inserting thin needles into the the skin at specific parts of the body known as acupuncture points. Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory. Qi (our vital energy) flows through the meridians in our body (specific channels where acupuncture points are located) and blockages invite illness and pain.

The goal of acupuncture is bring the body back into balance by placing needles into the points to let Qi flow freely again. There is minimal risk involved with the procedure and it can take 6 to eight sessions to see results. This may be helpful in controlling migraines and is worth a try in addition to pharmaceutical options for the prevention of migraine.

Source: Spotlight On: Acupuncture and Migraine

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