Delivering acupuncture + traditional Chinese medicine to Gippsland.
Migraine aura, nausea, vomiting, loss of balance, visual disturbances, diarrhoea, photophobia, mental confusion, sleep disturbances.. and the CONSTANT THROBBING. These are just some of the horrendous symptoms that migraineurs live with on a daily basis. IT IS HELL.
Migraines suck! But, what if I told you there is hope??
Don't believe me?
How can you decrease the frequency of your migraines and experience significant pain relief... without drugs? What the??? Read on, folks!
In Australia, around 15% of the female population and 5% of the male population suffer from chronic migraines, and for those that do (and their families), the pain is at times unbearable.
Long story short, science isn't 100% sure, but the current hypothesis suggests migraines are caused by a whacky interaction between the brain and the cranial blood vessels and result in some, or all, of the symptoms mentioned above. Some common accompanying pathologies I see in clinic include cervical spine issues, neck pain and sore, tight shoulders and upper back muscles. Do these cause the migraine? We don’t always have a clear answer, unfortunately, but addressing these problems is important.
The International Headache Society classification for migraine is available here.
Everything and anything can be a trigger for some.
When acute, the go-to drugs of choice include aspirin, paracetamol, triptans, NSAIDs, ergotamine compounds, anti-emetics (anti-nausea) or other narcotics. This is great if it stops the migraine in it's tracks, but all these drugs can elicit side effects that are down-right nasty and scary (nausea, dizziness, rebound headaches, diarrhoea, drowsiness, muscle weakness, vomiting, weight gain, hair loss, constipation... the list goes on)
So what about drugs to prevent migraines? The are a few available such as beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, serotonin antagonists and sodium valproate. See above for side effects... yikes!
ACUPUNCTURE - stopping you from getting migraines in the first place AND reducing the frequency!
Recent high quality research shows that acupuncture is a long lasting, cost effective, and (most importantly) safe treatment option for migraine prophylaxis! Yay!!
And get this...it is at least as effective as conventional drug preventative therapy!!
If you want to know more about the latest migraine research (not just acupuncture related), click here
Oh, and a quick word on daith piercings... research shows it's not a recommended practice. My clinical observation is that patients who have had one (or both) done have reported decreased severity or cessation for about a week, then increased severity and frequency of migraines until daith was removed. So no, I don't recommend them to patients. I think of them like revving your car while it's in neutral and there's no oil in the engine!