Migraine headaches have a history of afflicting pain, nausea, sensitivity to light, and overall bed feeling on those that suffer from them. They can begin from variety of sources including tension, smells, flashing lights, and stress. Many believe that migraines are a result of over-active nerve endings that are signaling the brain to react in negative ways. Under that theory, acupuncture could provide a strong degree of relief to migraine sufferers.
One of the theories behind acupuncture is that when situated correctly, the procedure can help to reorganize the flow of energy throughout certain parts of the body. This flow stimulates the nervous system in a way that allows the natural energy to be restored, which promotes self-healing and balance.
Essentially, the nerve endings will re-learn how to communicate to the brain. This communication will allow the brain to process migraine triggers differently and could lead to less pain and symptoms. The natural energy flow that allows the brain to process nerve messages, often referred to as the Qi, will translate a trigger such as bright light to simply flinch or squint, rather than respond with pain and nausea.
The treatment is relatively non-invasive, but does require insertion points for the pins at various parts of the body. Though painless, many fear the procedure more than the treatment because of its nature of application. The fact is that many people only experience a minute amount of discomfort for only a split second while the pin penetrates the skin. Most sessions are relatively short with insertion lasting no more than 30 minutes.
Acupuncture is an ancient technique that has grown in popularity throughout the years from an Eastern Chinese philosophy to a world renowned technique to ease pain and discomfort for migraine sufferers. It has not only garnered the support of many medical professionals, but is now being used as a successful treatment aspect of many migraine care plans.