A 35 year old woman came to our office last year suffering from daily migraines. They had started three months earlier. Medications were not helping, and she was completely overwhelmed. This migraine acupuncture success story describes how acupuncture was able to resolve her migraines and restore her health.
Daily Migraines – A Waking Nightmare
The American Migraine Foundation explains that daily migraines can fall into the following categories: they can be new daily persistent headaches (NDPH), chronic migraines, chronic tension headaches, hemicrania continua, or medication overuse (rebound) headaches. Sometimes daily headaches are brought on by infection or surgery, but often there is no clear trigger.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat all of these types of headaches. We identify the root cause of the migraine based on the patient’s specific symptoms. For example, in addition to pain we examine the patient’s concurrent physiological symptoms (like bowel and stomach function, blood circulation and sleep patterns), as well as their emotional state and stress levels.
These symptoms help us identify the patient’s underlying pattern imbalance. Migraines and headaches, for example, have twenty different possible imbalances. We must correctly understand these root causes in order to effectively resolve the pain.
Migraine Acupuncture Success Story
Our 35 year old migraine patient had gotten headaches in the past, but much less frequently. She typically got a headache before her period, or when her stress levels were high. However, three months ago she had gotten into a car accident and injured her neck and back.
Her back was feeling much better, but her neck was still giving her trouble. She felt all locked up at the base of her head, travelling down between her shoulder blades. We knew right away that her migraines were related to this neck injury. Her treatments focused on restoring normal muscle function to her neck, shoulders and upper back.
At the same time, her intake exam revealed difficulty sleeping, painful menstrual cramping and some stomach pain and bloating, especially during her period. So in addition to treating her neck pain, we included organ-balancing acupuncture points to address the sleep, cramping and bloating.
Acupuncture points used in this migraine acupuncture success story included GB20, GB20, BL10, Bailao and SI13 for her neck tightness. Organ points included BL17, BL18, BL20 and BL23. These are all points located on the neck and back.
After just one treatment, her neck pain eased 20%. Her migraine the next day was also less intense. Her pain levels continued to decrease with each acupuncture treatment she received. Following her fourth treatment, she was no longer getting daily migraines. They were coming now just once a week, and were much less intense. Her neck pain at this point was 80% resolved.
After ten acupuncture treatments, she was headache free. Not only had acupuncture resolved her daily migraines, but the treatments had significantly reduced her monthly menstrual headaches as well. Not surprisingly, her sleep was improved, she had less severe menstrual cramping, and no bloating at all. This holistic acupuncture treatment had resolved her neck pain and her long-standing internal imbalances at the same time. As a result, she was healthier than ever.
If you suffer with migraines, try acupuncture. No matter what the cause, acupuncture resolves migraine and headache pain best, addressing the underlying root issues responsible for the condition. Treatments are safe and relaxing. We use sterile, single-use, hair thin needles. Many of our patients fall asleep during their sessions.
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Best Headache Treatment
This migraine acupuncture success story is typical of the types of results we get treating migraines and headaches. If you struggle with migraines, don’t wait another day. Come in for acupuncture. We’ve been successfully treating migraines for over 15 years. There is no better treatment for migraines than acupuncture.
What our Clients are Saying
I saw Dr. Jade to treat my migraine headaches. I was a skeptic about acupuncture. But now, I’m a true believer in the treatment. Dr. Jade worked miracles in relieving my migraines!! She’s worth her weight in gold!! Thank you Dr. Jade!
Raleigh Acupuncture was recommended by a friend after I mentioned my insomnia and dependency on a sleeping pill. My apprehension was short lived because of the results of my visits to Dr. Mark. With acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs I was able to begin sleeping well and continue to do so. Dr. Mark is a good listener and encourages his patients in all health issues as well as the original purpose for treatment. Consequently, my knees are stronger and I’m walking better and with more confidence. I haven’t had the need for a cortisone shot in a year and a half. Occasionally, I would use a cane and it’s now somewhere gathering dust. Also, I had a persistent headache that my primary physician had no solution for, and after two acupuncture treatments it’s a thing of the past. Hot flashes were another issue that was treated successfully. I am so grateful to have found a knowledgeable and caring person to treat my ailments, many of which I thought would only grow worse as I aged. Generally, I feel healthier.
I suffered a serious concussion last year riding my mountain bike. After the accident I was getting severe headaches every day. They were so bad I couldn’t drive. I found Raleigh Acupuncture online. I liked their website and they said they treated post-concussion headaches. They got rid of the headaches and helped me with a number of other post-concussion issues like blurred vision, anxiety and insomnia. They really understood what was going on with me. I’m very grateful.
I’ve gotten migraine headaches for the past thirty years. They started as a teenager and have come once or twice a week since then. Pain medication used to work for the first ten or fifteen years, but since then nothing seemed to help. I mentioned to my doctor that I wanted to try Acupuncture and he recommended Raleigh Acupuncture. That was the best decision I’ve ever made. They not only cured my migraines, but got rid of a chronic neck pain at the same time. They gave me Chinese herbs as well, which I took for the eight weeks that I received acupuncture. They were highly professional, easy to talk to, and very informative. They explained everything they were doing and how it was working. Once the headaches stopped, I didn’t have to continue the herbs. It’s been two years and they have not returned. I go back for maintenance once a month. I’ll happily do that forever, not having to deal with migraines any more. I recommend this practice to anyone suffering from migraines.
My 14 year old daughter started getting migraines when her period started last year. They were aweful. A friend of mine suggested we try acupuncture. She went to Raleigh Acupuncture, so we made an appointment. The doctors there were so kind to my daughter. They made her feel safe and comfortable during the treatments. They cured her migraines in just eight treatments! She does not get them anymore. And her periods are so much easier than before. Thank you Raleigh Acupuncture! We are very grateful to you!