Acupuncture as a Supplement for Migraines

Acupuncture is used by practitioners to treat many health problems and is proven to relieve pain, ease nausea and strengthen the immune system. It uses specific points on the body to increase blood flow, reduce pain and inflammation, and promote the secretion of pain-killing endorphins. This is achieved by inserting very thin needles superficially into the skin and body tissues. In some cases, acupressure may be used effectively in the days following and between treatments to support pain management.

Interestingly, acupuncture was first introduced in Asia more than five thousand years ago and still features prominently as an important Chinese medicine. In spite of skeptic opinion, many studies have concluded that acupuncture is beneficial in terms of reducing both the frequency and severity of migraines.

Most noticeably, the Canadian Medical Association Journal carried about a series of experiments in which two groups of participants were monitored after receiving acupuncture. Although the first group proceeded with traditional acupuncture, the second group was unknowingly subjected to a fake or sham version of acupuncture with the intention of deriving some telling differences between the two. In the end, both groups claimed a reduction and improvement with regard to a migraine but only the participants in the legitimate group reported positive results in the long term.

In short, experts concluded that acupuncture should be used as a supplement to treat migraines at the very least.