Neurological disorders such as Migraines and headaches
In 2015, The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that healthcare professionals should consider offering patients a course of up to 10 sessions of acupuncture for the prophylactic treatment of chronic tension-type headaches.
There have been a large number of controlled trials of acupuncture for migraine headaches and the results are quite consistent: acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment or basic care for managing migraine, and appears to be at least as effective as prophylactic drug therapy, with few contra-indications or unpleasant side effects.
Acupuncture can help in the treatment of migraine in a number of ways including:
- Providing pain relief by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues (Zhao 2008, Zijlstra 2003, Pomeranz, 1987)
- Reducing inflammation (Kim 2008, Kavoussi 2007, Zijstra ?)
- Affecting serotonin levels in the brain that may be linked to the initiation of migraines (Zhong 2007)
- Moderating extra-cranial and intra-cranial blood flow (Park 2009)
“ I was getting frequent migraines every two to three weeks often started by stressful situations. I felt an oppressive pressure like piercing pain and was often sick. After only 3 treatments I felt much better and was coping better with stress at work……..” Peter (44)