Treatment of Migraine Headaches with Acupuncture
What is a migraine headache?
Although millions of people suffer form migraine daily most people do not under the difference between a migraine headaches and a tension headache. A migraine headache is a severe pain felt mostly on one side of the head mostly over one eye or the temple and sometimes on both sides of the head. In addition to the pain you may experience sensitivity to light and sound, and a feeling of nausea and vomiting, Most migraine starts in the morning and the pain can last a few hours or up to one or two days.
What is a tension headache?
A tension headache is a constant dull, achy feeling on both sides of the head, sometimes with a tight feeling in their head or neck like a tight band around the head. Tension headaches are not as predictable as the migraine headaches it can begin slowly and gradually and often start in the middle of the day or at the end of the workday.
Are women more prone to migraine headaches?
Yes, migraine headaches are more common in women than in men. Women tend to report higher levels of pain, longer headache and additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and emotional sensitivity. This may be due in part to the effects of hormonal imbalance during the woman’s menses. We know that just before the cycle begins, levels of the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, sharply go down. This may explain why most migraine occur just before, during of after the woman’s period.
Can Acupuncture relieve the headache?
The answer is a resounding Yes. Yes Yes Yes! This may be good news to million of Americans women. Not only can Acupuncture relieve the symptoms of the headaches it can also correct the cause of the headache. Over the years I have had women tell me that first it last for a day or two just before, during or after her period. As time goes by it develops into a weekly event. This is most disconcerting and it affects every aspect of a woman’s life.
What can I expect for Acupuncture treatment?
Over the years I have personally treated hundreds of women with headaches. Of the eight symptoms of stress headache tops the list. In fact I would venture to say that Acupuncturist treat more headaches than any other conditions. This may be due in part to the fact that the migraine headache seems to come on like clock work every month. On the average the women who experience best results from Acupuncture get 2 to 3 Acupuncture treatment weekly for two to three months. That is about 24 to 36 acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture gives gratifying results in both tension and migraine headache. For further information look in the yellow pages for an Acupuncturist in your area or give me a call at 305-595-9500.
"Written by Rev. Dr. Richard Browne