Why try acupuncture for migraines?

Acupuncture excels at alleviating pain. So it’s no surprise that it can relieve migraines and other types of headaches. The American Headache Society published a review concluding that “Acupuncture seems to be at least as effective as conventional drug preventative therapy for migraine and is safe, long lasting, and cost-effective.”1 Reduced reliance on medication is expected during acupuncture treatment.2

What’s happening in the brain?brain

Recent neural research is providing insight into what happens when tiny acupuncture needles are inserted into strategic acupoints on the head and body:

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) showed that migraine without aura patients had “significantly decreased functional connectivity in certain brain regions within the frontal and temporal lobe when compared with healthy controls.” After acupuncture treatment, “brain regions showing decreased functional connectivity revealed significant reduction” compared to before acupuncture treatment. This means that acupuncture could prevent and relieve migraines by restoring normal brain functions in migraine without aura patients.3 In this study, acupuncture treatment was given five times a week for four weeks.4

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