They often begin as a subtle ache in your skull that gradually escalates into extreme pain. Light and sound exacerbate them so when they hit, you’re unable to function. They may be accompanied by bright auras that hamper your vision. If you are one of the 45 million Americans who suffer from them, you know “they” are migraines. If you’ve never sought acupuncture for migraine treatment in Scarsdale, you should.
Study Concludes Acupuncture for Pain Relief Is Efficient and Cost-Effective
Is acupuncture for pain relief effective when the cause of pain is a migraine? Absolutely, say the researchers at Duke University. The research was led by renowned Duke Anesthesiologist, Tong Joo Gan, MD, and vetted by his colleagues at the University’s Department of Anesthesiology. In fact, they say acupuncture is even more effective than prescription medications at reducing migraine severity and frequency. It’s also associated with far fewer negative side effects and is more affordable than other treatment options.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
Doctor Gan did not reach his conclusion without plenty of research. He compiled a team that evaluated more than 30 studies of a combined 4,000 headache sufferers. In these studies, patients received either prescription medications, traditional acupuncture or a placebo acupuncture to treat their migraine pain. Patients who got the placebo acupuncture treatment were “treated” with acupuncture’s signature hair-thin needles. However, in the placebo group, these needles were inserted at random pressure points and not in accordance with the meridians shown by Eastern practitioners to relieve migraine pain.
Seventeen of the 30 studies focused specifically on migraine headaches as opposed to tension or chronic headaches. In these 17 studies, the benefits of acupuncture over medication were undeniable. Less than half of study participants receiving prescription medication reported relief from their migraine symptoms. More than 60 percent of participants who received traditional acupuncture reported relief. In studies involving real acupuncture compared to placebo acupuncture, less than half of the placebo patients reported relief.
Say Goodbye to Migraines for Good
If you suffer from migraine headaches, you know how debilitating they can be. At Eastern Wellness Acupuncture, we understand your pain and we can help. Contact us. We have helped migraine sufferers achieve relief by providing acupuncture in Scarsdale and the surrounding areas. If you are ready to say goodbye to your horrendous headaches, our centuries-old proven treatment method may be just what the doctor ordered.