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Acupuncture Can Help Greatly Reduce the Intensity & Frequency of Migraine & Headaches!

The National Headache Foundation recently reported that more than 28 million Americans experience migraine and headaches each year, and it is one of the main reasons people seek medical attention. Acupuncture has become a well-accepted alternative solution to the problem fully supported by medical studies, which proved that acupuncture significantly reduced the intensity and frequency of headaches as well as analgesic consumption (Department of Neurology, University College Hospital, London, England). The Mayo Pain Clinic has used acupuncture for 30 years, since 1974, in cases where their patients experienced little or no pain relief from medications or nerve blocks.

How acupuncture effectively treats migraine and headaches:

Modern science believes that acupuncture:

  1. can bring about many biochemical changes in the blood serum to stabilize serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain and spinal cord, and release endorphins, the brain’s nature painkillers.
  2. affects the autonomic nervous system and activates the parasympathetic nervous system to decrease stress, muscle tension, anxiety, irritability and prevent recurrence.
  3. promotes cerebral circulation, allowing the afflicted region to obtain sufficient blood supply, oxygen and nutrition.

How we can help you

We offer a safe, effective alternative treatment to restore and maintain the harmony in your body, which helps you become pain free and remain stable over time with no side effects.



Natural healing vs. medications and surgery – Acupuncture naturally rearranges the level of your body’s chemicals, there are hardly any side effects and you will not build up any resistance in the long run. You will be healing yourself! Medications are often potentially more debilitating and harmful than the headache itself. Studies have shown that headache drugs can cause liver damage, ulcers or become addictive. Steroid injections used as a nerve block carry life-threatening side effects and shouldn’t be used for prolonged periods of time. Surgical treatments for headache have a less than 50% success rate.



Individually designed assessment – Our diagnosis is based on headache etiology, physiology and patterns of symptoms. From the perspective of Chinese medicine, headache differentiation is based on patterns of pathogenic factors and the location of headache. Dr. Zhou will analyze your body’s unique individual disharmonies and develop a prescription designed precisely to correct your specific imbalances for long-term success.



Holistic approaches – Dr. Zhou promotes wellness by treating the whole person. She not only helps you relieve the symptoms associated with tension headache, migraine, cluster headache and sinus headache but also the causes or factors of the headaches. One of the main factors that cause migraine and headaches is stress. Since it is almost impossible to avoid stress in today’s world, Dr. Zhou focuses treatment to help you recover quickly form stress in order to avoid harmful migraine or headaches. Patients not only eliminate their migraine or headaches, but are also pleased to find that their stiff necks, anger, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, restlessness, fatigue and allergies (see Allergies) are distinctly improved or disappear. For women, Dr. Zhou treats many patients suffering from migraine related to their hormonal cycle.



Treatment plan and Prevention – Acupuncture is very helpful for tension, cluster and sinus headaches, and patients often feel immediate relief. Dr. Zhou recommends more intensive treatment for migraine attacks and advises two visits per week for a couple of weeks, reduced to once a week for 3-4 weeks, with follow up treatment as needed. Adherence to the treatment plan and maintenance regimes is needed in order to change the various underlying causes and fully succeed with the treatment. Dr. Zhou suggests that women who suffer from migraine be sure to make note of their menstrual cycle in a migraine diary, and she will normally perform treatment before menustration or ovulation.

 

Acupuncture for Chronic Headache?

Summarized by Robert W. Griffith, MD
September 17, 2004

 

Introduction

Migraine and tension-type headache are distressing and persisting conditions that often respond poorly to traditional medications. This leads patients and their doctors to try alternative treatments, including acupuncture. The medical community has been in some doubt as to whether acupuncture is definitely effective in chronic headache. A study conducted in UK has thrown more light on this, and is reported in the British Medical Journal.


What was done

Family doctors (general practitioners) in UK searched their patient files for suitable subjects and sent them letters inviting them to participate in the study. Final suitability was assessed in a telephone interview. The volunteers had to have a diagnosis of migraine or tension-type headache occurring at least twice a month.

A baseline 'headache diary' was completed for 4 weeks. The severity of their headaches was scored using a 6-point scale, 4 times a day. Those with a score of 8.75 or more were eligible for the study, and were randomly assigned to receive their usual care plus acupuncture, or usual care alone.

Those allocated to get acupuncture could have up to 12 treatments over 3 months from an advanced member of the UK Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. The acupuncture points used were determined individually for each patient by the acupuncturist.

Four-week daily headache diaries, medication use, and general health questionnaires were completed at baseline, 3 months, and 12 months.

What was found

 

There were 401 patients in the study; their average age was 46, 84% were women, and 94% of them had migraine which had lasted, on average, over 20 years. Their average headache score was 25. Of the 205 patients allocated to receive acupuncture, 161 completed the full 12-month trial, with an average of 9 treatments. In the 'usual care only' group, 140 of the allocated 196 patients finished the study.

The average headache score at 12 months was lowered in the acupuncture group by 34% to 16.2. In the usual care group, headache scores fell by 16% to 22.3. This is a highly significant difference, in the statistical sense (i.e. it could not have occurred by chance alone).

Acupuncture patients had the equivalent of 22 fewer days of headache per year, compared with the usual care group. They used 15% less medication, made 25% fewer doctor visits, and took 15% fewer sick days off work.

 

What this means

This study shows that acupuncture, when done by a well-trained, experienced acupuncturist, leads to persistent relevant benefits for patients with chronic headache, particularly migraine. The duration of the effect is quite impressive - for some of the patients up to a year.

The problem with testing for the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy has always been the ability to 'blind' the patient (i.e. hide from the patient which type of treatment is given) by using a dummy procedure on the 'placebo' patients. One can't really give 'dummy' pin-pricks. Nevertheless, the results are sufficiently convincing that acupuncture should be considered an important option for treating chronic headache.

One should just make sure that the acupuncturist is appropriately trained and certified.