Migraine is a headache involving recurrent attacks that can last up to three days and sufferers may also experience double vision, nausea and vomiting. You may also have other symptoms, such as feeling and being sick or being extra-sensitive to sound or light. About 1 in 6 people who have migraines get what\'s called an aura. This can cause symptoms like temporary problems with your vision, or pins and needles or numbness in parts of your body. The pain is often on one side of your head, throbbing and gets worse when you move. Migraines are often thought to be caused by emotional strain, stress, hormonal imbalances, and lack of food and/or sleep or by a reaction to some foods or medications. You may be more likely to get a migraine attack if you are tired, hungry or stressed, or eat or drink certain foods. Women are more likely to have migraine attacks than men. This Headache is notoriously difficult one to treat effectively, and it can be the cause of a considerable amount of distress and marital disharmony.
Acupuncture treatment has been used to treat a wide variety of headaches, particularly migrainous headaches, and the results obtained have been very encouraging. The published work suggests that between 65-95 per cent of all headache sufferers obtain significant and long lasting pain relief from acupuncture treatment. Migraines seem to respond as well as, if not better than, other types of headache. Acupuncture therapy may cause the headaches to vanish completely, or occur with a markedly decreased intensity and/or frequency. The pain relief resulting from acupuncture treatment can sometimes be maintained for some years and re-treatment is usually required less frequently for headaches.
Research has shown that acupuncture can be very beneficial in the treatment of migraines as it tends to lessen the frequency and severity of attacks. Acupuncture method of treatment is a tried and tested system of traditional medicine, which has been used in China and other eastern countries for thousands of years to restore, promote and maintain good health. It aims to treat the root cause of a condition and promote long-term wellness, rather than just alleviating symptoms. Its benefits are now widely acknowledged all over the world.
A classical acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very thin needles into acupuncture points on the body. This action stimulates nerves located in Acupoints to provide pain relief and increase blood flow in and around the brain. This process also alleviates individual underlying imbalances which are contributing long term to the person\'s condition.
The modern scientific explanation about the effectiveness of Acupuncture treatment is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, including endorphins, enkephalins and other neurotransmitters. Either these chemicals will change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones that influence the body\'s own internal regulating system, bringing about a normalizing effect on neuroendocrine function. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body\'s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Traditional acupuncture theory sees pain as being largely due to obstruction of the body\'s vital energy or qi. Acupuncture needles are thought to act like witches in the body\'s energy circuits, freeing up stagnant energy and getting it flowing.
From a biomedical perspective, acupuncture can help in the treatment of migraine by:
* providing pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of pain killing endorphins and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.
*reducing inflammation – by promoting release of various biochemical substances.
*increasing blood flow in and around the brain.
*affecting the brain levels of a chemical called serotonin, which has various functions, including control of appetite and mood.
DR. SHARIQ H. KHAN
DR. SHARIQ H. KHAN