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Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches

Acupuncture has been shown to outperform the drug valproic acid in reducing pain intensity of migraine headaches, without any of the adverse effects associated with drug therapy, according to a controlled study involving 100 migraine patients (Maxwell & Deadman, p.70).

The use of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dates back over 2000 years. Its applications are numerous and have clearly stood the test of time.

Providing a Longer Lasting Solution to Migraines

The way TCM approaches conditions like chronic migraine is to ascertain the source of the problem and treat the person as a whole. In Chinese medicine, any health concern is due to an imbalance in the body. In conventional medicine, a medical condition is isolated and often treated with drugs. In TCM one condition can have different patterns, which means “one disease, many different diagnoses”. For example: five different migraine patients can receive five different treatments, all customised to their presentation. It may happen that seemingly unrelated signs and symptoms will resolve during the course of a treatment, but in fact, they may be related to the root problem. TCM looks beyond the initial signs & symptoms by treating the health concern holistically, thus providing a longer lasting sustainable solution.

Acupuncture facilitates the body’s own capability to get back into balance. It can regulate hormones, stimulate the natural healing process and strengthen internal organs by increasing blood and Qi flow. And all this without any drugs.

(Source: ‘The Journal of Chinese Medicine 2013, no. 102.)

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