Headaches are one of the commonest complaints that almost all people experience at some point in their life. And unlike other medical conditions, headaches are one of those few medical complaints that affect anyone irrespective of their age and gender. Headaches can occur due to a variety of reasons. Standing too long under the sun, overeating, fasting, not catching sleep are some of the reasons for headaches. They can also be a sign of stress, emotional distress, overactivity, etc. Or it can due to some other underlying medical disorders like migraine, high blood pressure, anxiety, etc. If you suffer from chronic migraine and is really putting you down keep reading this article.
Painkillers for Migraine
The immediate treatment people resort to when a migraine strike is taking a painkiller. People tend to take over-the-counter pills like aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol. Often people fall into a vicious cycle where their migraine headaches keep getting worse and they take more and more drugs to get relief from their pain. Drugs like paracetamol can act as temporary relief to the headache but often what most people do not know is that paracetamol also affects the liver, as it is hepatotoxic in nature. So though it gives temporary relief the condition worsens day after day.
Unfortunately, the sad truth is that people start to explore other treatment methods when they do not get satisfied results with western medicine. Acupuncture is one such treatment methodology that is being explored by many people due to its tremendous positive effects and more importantly its ability to give solutions to many medical conditions for which there is no clear treatment in western medicine.
Migraine is different from other Headache types
Migraine is one such type of headache whose underlying cause/ pathophysiology has still has not been understood in western medicine. There are certain factors that trigger a migraine headache but that does not count as the cause for migraine headaches. Migraine is a type of headache that has no clear treatment methodology in western medicine. The only treatment prescribed by western medicine is taking over the counter pills every time you get a headache.
Cause of Migraine according to Acupuncture
In acupuncture, the occurrence of migraines is clearly understood and explained. The typical migraine headache occurs as a result of a hyperactive fire in the liver meridian that ascends up and clouds the brain. And due to the pressure, the patient feels heaviness and tightness to one side of the brain. In chronic cases, the symptoms may be manifested on both sides.
Acupuncture Treatment for Migraine
With acupuncture, migraine headaches can be 100% eradicated. Acupuncture helps in activating parts of the brain which are responsible for relieving migraine. The treatment helps to dissipate the existing interior heat and by soothing the liver not to create excess fire. Acupuncture brings back balance to the imbalanced life force or ‘Qi’ flowing through our body. In this way, migraine is 100% treated in acupuncture. The number of sittings depends on individual response and hence cannot be ascertained initially.
The success rate is 98% and there is no recurrence when proper lifestyle management is followed.
Several studies have shown that people who have received acupuncture treatment have been relieved from migraine headaches. And also their frequency of headaches has progressively cured without recurrence.