Acupuncture for Migraines and Headaches

Tension headaches and migraines are a very common. Most people have experienced a tension headache in their lifetime. These are dull, mild to moderate headaches that can last from 30 minutes to 7 days. They are easily treated with acupuncture. Migraine
headaches respond to acupuncture but are treated in a different way.

Migraine headaches are vascular headaches and are intricately connected to the autonomic nervous system and its response to stress. When a person is in a continuously stressful state, the body’s natural protective mechanism is to cut blood supply to the periphery in order to protect the vital organs. This works very well when we are running from the wooly mammoth but many folks today lead stressful lifestyles and are constantly in the fight or flight mode. This disrupts the smooth flow of blood (and Qi)  throughout the body resulting in any number of stress related illnesses.

Migraine headaches are just one of these illnesses. The migraine itself is a strong dilatation of blood vessels which is the body’s way of getting blood supply to the periphery in an effort to fix the circulation problem. A common response to stress is cold hands and feet. This is a regular experience for migraine sufferers and it is just one example of peripheral insufficiency.

The result of this knowledge is that it is now understood that migraines will often occur when the person has a chance to relax after a period of stress. This is because the body can shift out of the fight or flight nervous system response to the relaxation
response which triggers the dilatation of blood vessels resulting in the migraine.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can prevent migraines by restoring balance to the nervous system and promoting a more balanced response to stress. As with so many other treatments in Chinese medicine, the therapy is aimed at the whole person, not the disease.

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