Migraine is a common neurological disorder that can be very distressing and disabling. Typically it is a one-sided throbbing or pulsating headache that is at least moderately intense and can be aggravated by physical activity. About 15% of the population suffers from migraine at some stage in their lives. Some experience pain so severe that it keeps them from being able to continue their day.
Acupuncture can help in the treatment of migraine by:
- Providing pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurochumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.
- Reducing inflammation – by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors.
- Reducing the degree of cortical spreading depression (an electrical wave in the brain associated with migraine) and plasma levels of calcitonin gene-related peptide and substance P (both implicated in the pathophysiology of migraine).
- Modulating extracranial and intracranial blood flow.
- Affecting serotonin (5-hydroxytriptamine) levels in the brain.
We use acupuncture to help with migraines and headaches. We may also use remedial massage and Chinese herbal medicines to enhance the effect depending on your conditions. You may need two acupuncture sessions per week to get better result.
If you would like to learn more about acupuncture for migraines, or would like to book an initial consultation with one of our professional and experienced acupuncturists, please call your closest location (Perth Clinic: 57/76 Newcastle Street (08) 9228 8828, Subiaco Clinic: 6/1 Sheen Street (08) 9380 4171). Alternatively, you can send us your queries through our online contact page.