Acupuncture & Migraines; Can we help to prevent them?
If you have been looking for help for migraines in Brisbane, you might be interested to know that recent research has recommended acupuncture for migraine prevention (1). We have been using acupuncture and Chinese medicine in our clinic here in Brisbane for some time now to help stop chronic migraines, so it is really great to see this recent research published!
Patients will often phone asking ‘can alternative therapies help with migraines?’ Whilst we can’t speak for all complementary therapies, we now have good evidence supporting the use of acupuncture for migraine prevention.
So how do we stop chronic migraines using acupuncture and Chinese medicine?
Good question. Each person is diagnosed according to our traditional Chinese Medicine model, allowing us to determine a ‘pattern’ if you like. Your migraine may have a different ‘pattern’ to your friend’s migraine, so it’s our job to work out why you are getting chronic migraines, and what acupuncture points we can use to stop them! Based on the research, we can see that acupuncture has been associated with long-term reduction in migraines (1).
Acupuncture is relatively painless and does not require much effort on the part of the patient. Fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body, and the patient is allowed to rest quietly for 20-30 minutes. We interpret any recent research when considering how best to approach each case ,and will adjust our treatments in order to suit each individual.
A recent white paper along with a research paper entitled “The Acupuncture Evidence Project” are available on our associations website. The Evidence project is a very recent project that found good levels of evidence for over 40 common conditions, for which acupuncture is useful (1). If you are uncertain of whether we may be able to help, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we’re always happy to answer an email or a phone call.
If you would like help with your migraines, please do not hesitate in making contact with us – call the clinic on 3357 3205.
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- McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine