An estimated 39 million Americans — adults and children — suffer from migraines. That means one out of every four households in the United States has at least one person who gets migraines. These chronic, debilitating headaches take a hefty toll on your well-being and ability to live a full, productive life. Many migraine sufferers go from doctor to doctor looking for that treatment or combination of treatments that can make a real difference. More of them have turned to acupuncture to relieve their pain and get them back to living a fuller life. Vonda Muncy, a highly skilled acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine specialist at Soul Potential Acupuncture & Wellness, shares her experiences about treating migraines with acupuncture here.
Migraines aren’t just headaches
A migraine is a type of severe chronic headache that, if untreated, can last from 4-72 hours. This neurological condition is usually triggered by something such as:
- Bright lights
- Stress or tension
- Changes in weather
- Strong smells or loud sounds
- Changes in wake-sleep pattern
- Alcohol or caffeinated drinks
- Hormonal fluctuations (for women)
- Foods like aged cheeses or food additives like MSG
Part of the puzzle is that every person has different triggers. In addition to triggers, a migraine is different from the typical headache in that it’s usually accompanied by other symptoms such as sensitivity to light or noise, nausea, and vomiting. Migraine sufferers often have repeat episodes; some have several migraines a week. Often when doctors try to help a migraine sufferer, they prescribe several different medications — including opioids and triptans, medications that block pain receptors — to relieve different symptoms.
Acupuncture relieves pain naturally
One of the major advantages of acupuncture for migraine treatment in comparison to traditional medical treatments like painkillers is that it taps into your body’s natural chemicals to heal and block pain. Specifically, acupuncture stimulates your central nervous system by releasing your body’s natural pain reliever — endorphins.
Acupuncture restores balance
Acupuncture has been around as a traditional Chinese medical treatment for more than 2,500 years. The premise behind acupuncture is that when you’re healthy, your body’s energy flow, or Qi, is in balance. However, when there is a disruption in the pattern of energy flow, disease or illness occurs. Acupuncture restores the balance of energy flow with the placement of very fine needles along a precise pathway to open any blockage. The needles also stimulate nearby nerves, and your brain releases endorphins that naturally relieve pain.
Acupuncture is safe
Acupuncture can relieve both the pain of a migraine as well as the accompanying symptoms like nausea, making it a win-win for migraine sufferers searching for relief without the risk of side effects from medications. In the beginning, some patients may experience minor soreness at the needle insertion sites, however, acupuncture is a safe treatment option when performed by a highly trained and experienced acupuncturist like Vonda Muncy, with few or no side effects. If you suffer from migraines, contact Soul Potential Acupuncture & Wellness in Castle Rock, Colorado. Vonda Muncy can develop a tailor-made acupuncture treatment plan that can alleviate migraine pain and reduce the frequency of your episodes. Call today, or use the online “Request appointment” tool.