People from around the world have known for centuries that acupuncture cures migraines, along with headaches of all kinds. These include:
- Migraine headaches
- Post-traumatic headaches
- Cluster headaches
- Tension headaches
- Sinus headaches and
- High Blood Pressure headaches
Of the seventy million Americans suffering from recurring headaches, twenty-six million of them are identified as migraine sufferers. Headaches are cited as the number one reason for aspirin use, and Americans consume 80 billion of them a year. In addition to the over-the-counter drugs that the public ingests, physicians prescribe a vast array of painkillers. These range from ergotamine derivatives, narcotics, analgesics, antidepressants, and anti-migraine drugs to calcium channel blockers and beta-blockers.
The majority of these drugs have unwanted side effects.
WHAT ACUPUNCTURE DOES
Among the many biochemical changes in the body that scientists now acknowledge that acupuncture brings about:
- Serotonin Changes: Low serotonin levels can make people susceptible to headaches. Acupuncture works to shift serotonin levels in both the brain and the spinal cord.
- Endorphin Changes: Endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers are commonly cited to explain the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments in relieving pain.
- Serum Magnesium Changes: Scientists found that a low level of magnesium in serum is correlated to migraines. Acupuncture treatment can increase the blood magnesium level.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:
I’d been getting severe migraines since I was fifteen years old. The last four years they were hitting me on a daily basis; I was in constant pain, and it was affecting everything, even my family life. Over the years I’ve taken relaxers, beta-blockers and tricyclic agents. I was able to work thanks to a steady diet of analgesics, including Sudafed and aspirin three times a day, every day. At times I received weekly Wigraine injections.
I started coming to Daniel for acupuncture twice a week. By the seventh session the intensity of my headaches had been significantly reduced, and the migraines were no longer a daily occurrence. I started experiencing three to four days a week without pain. So we went to one treatment per week, then bi-weekly. After three months of treatment I am headache-free. I’ll continue to see Daniel for a “tune-up,” every six to eight weeks. As far as I”m concerned, whatever it is he does, works.
The funny part of all this is, I think my wife is almost happier than I am about my cure.
Andrew H. New York City
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