Acupuncture's Effectiveness on the Treatment of Migraines

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A migraine is a severe, debilitating headache that hosts a large variety of neurological symptoms such as throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, disturbances in vision, numbness in face or extremities, sensitivity to light, sound, smell and touch. An individual experiencing a migraine may suffer from one or many of these symptoms during an attack. Each migraine attack can vary in it's symptoms and severity making it difficult for a correct medical diagnosis to be made. About 15-20% of people experience aura symptoms (visual disturbances) before the onset of their migraine (About Migraine, n.d.). There are a variety of methods used to prevent and treat migraines including prescription medication, over the counter medications, nutrition management, proper sleep habits, herbs, vitamin supplements, exercise, relaxation techniques, psychology, biofeedback, chiropractic care and acupuncture (About Migraine, n.d.). I will be looking at how effective acupuncture is in the treatment of migraines. Acupuncture is one of the ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) methods and is estimated to have began 2000-3000 years ago (Introduction to TCM, n.d.). TCM believes that all life sources, also called Qi, must flow freely through channels that travel throughout our bodies on twelve separate pathways. These pathways are called meridians and all organs and tissues functions are connected to the more than 300 various points called acupoints which lie on these meridians (Acupuncture, n.d.), (Meridians, n.d). If there is a disturbance in a body function there is a specific point(s) on the meridian(s) that corresponds to the the problem area. These disturbances are caused by a blocked flow of ... ... middle of paper ... ... F., De Narden, M., et al. (2007). Traditional acupuncture in migraine: A controlled randomized study. The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 48, 398-407. Linde, K., Streng, A., Jergens, S., Hoppe, S., Brinkhaus, B., Witt, C., et al. (2005). Acupuncture for patients with migraine: A random controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 293(17), 2118-2125. Migraine Research Foundation. About Migraine section. Retrieved March 14, 2009, from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture section. Retreived March 14, 2009, from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Introduction to TCM section. Retrieved March 14, 2009, from Tuberose. Meridian section. Retrieved March 14, 2009, from

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