Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medicine practice, based on inserting thin needles to the body’s pressure points to relieve pain and treat other conditions, such as migraine. While Western medicine has been skeptical about the effects of acupuncture before, a lot has changed in the perception of this treatment option following clinical trials done in the last decade. One study, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, involved almost 5,000 patients who underwent regular acupuncture to reduce their migraine frequency. According to the experts, some 59% of the patients saw improvements in their condition when their migraine episodes dropped by as much as 50% after getting acupuncture. The effects of the procedure supposedly lasted for more than 6 months. The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed acupuncture as a treatment option since the late ’70s.
How Acupuncture in Gainesville, Fl Works for MigrainesAs a traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is supposed to balance the body’s energy flow (also known as the “qi”). The acupuncturist in Guan Physical Therapy and Acupuncture clinic, Gainesville targets key areas or pressure points in the body to open up this “qi”, thus reducing the pain and improve the flow of energy. It is believed that the thin needles used in acupuncture stimulate the body’s nerves that, in turn, release hormones like endorphins. Apparently, this practice also activates certain pathways in the brain that turns off the pain response. Apart from pain relief, other acknowledged benefits of acupuncture include:
- Reducing inflammation that may be associated with migraine
- Increasing blood circulation that disperses the swelling
- Reducing the electrical brain waves that may be linked to migraine
- Modulating blood flow to lessen migraine aggravation
- Reducing the release of a substance like calcitonin gene-related peptide, a type of neuropeptides that signals the brain of pain