Acupuncture Provides Relief from Headaches & Migraines while Improving FertilityMany of us experience ordinary tension headaches from time to time. Usually, we feel a dull pain triggered by muscle tension, caffeine withdrawal, and lack of sleep or dehydration. Migraines are even worse. A migraine is actually a neurological disorder. The pain is so severe, it often feels like intense throbbing on one side of the head. We may also experience nausea, vomiting, or light sensitivity. It may take hours, or even days, to recover from a migraine.
There is no doubt dealing with the pain or headaches or migraines can affect our lives. That is why for centuries, people have used acupuncture to treat and relieve headaches and migraines, along with their underlying causes.
Acupuncture backed up by studies
A 2004 study found acupuncture could benefit people who suffer from frequent headaches, especially migraines. Roughly 400 people took part in the study, with half of them receiving up to 12 acupuncture sessions over a three-month span. A year later, those that received acupuncture had an average of 22 fewer days with headaches than those who did not receive acupuncture. They also used 15 percent less medication to treat their headaches.
In another study published in 2008, Duke University researchers found acupuncture more effective than medication in reducing the frequency and severity of chronic headaches. A large percentage of those patients who received acupuncture reported headache relief. The numbers were much lower when the patients simply took medication.
Headache and migraine treatments
Tension headaches are commonly treated with over-the-counter medicines, but medication overuse can actually cause you to get even more headaches.
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. Backed by scientific studies, it is now gaining ground as an accepted alternative or supplement to treating both headache and migraine pain.
Acupuncture for chronic headache in primary care: large, pragmatic, randomised trial. BMJ 2004;328:744