Can Acupuncture Provide Relief From Migraines?

It is estimated that 28 million Americans suffer from migraines. Migraines can be extremely painful making it difficult to function. In addition to the intense head pain, other symptoms of a migraine headache include increased sensitivity to light (photophobia), nausea, and vomiting.  Migraines can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days.  Most people turn to medication to assist with their migraine relief. Unfortunately more often than not medications fall short in helping patients resolve all their migraine pain and symptoms. In addition, drugs come with the risk of unpleasant side effects.

Acupuncture is the use of thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body.  Acupuncture works by stimulating the production of endorphins and enkephalins, our natural pain relieving chemicals. In addition, acupuncture works by increasing blood flow into the tissues that need more circulation. Studies that compared acupuncture to drug treatments showed acupuncture decreased the overall pain, intensity and occurrence of migraine headaches.  Acupuncture offers a natural approach in helping patients with migraines. Below is some additional information on acupuncture and migraines. To schedule an appointment call Natural Health Chiropractic at (480) 222-2129


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