Millions of Americans suffer from migraines.  The symptom of pain can be mild to severe unbearable pain.  Luckily, acupuncture is a treatment that has been known to help manage migraine pains.

Migraine is a severe type of headache that stays on one area of the head coupled with painful pulsating sensations that keep on beating.  The other symptoms migraine manifest are intolerance of loud sounds, photophobia, coldness on the feet and hands, vomiting and dizziness.  Strangely, the cause of migraine is still a mystery.  Most experts believe it is caused by environmental and lifestyle factors such as food or sleeplessness.  Cigarette smoking, fermented food or alcohol can be factors that trigger migraine.  Inability to sleep or modifications in how one sleeps can also be a factor.  However, all experts agree that the biggest factor for migraine is stress.

When it comes to pain and distress relief, acupuncture is one of the most effective treatments around.  Since the overwhelming symptom of migraine is pain, acupuncture can be a very desirable treatment for it.  One advantage of acupuncture over pain medications is that acupuncture does not cause any side effects on its user.  Pain medications aside from causing harmful side effects to the user are more expensive than acupuncture in the long run and may cause cancer or renal damage if used inordinately

Acupuncture has been treating people with various kinds of health problems for more than 4000 years.  It is part of traditional Chinese medicine that espouses treatment of the mental, emotional and physical aspect of an individual for a healthier and more balanced individual.  Acupuncture uses needles inserted in certain areas of the skin called acupuncture points or acupoints to restore the body to balance and harmony.  The needles help stimulate the release of natural painkillers to take away the migraine pain.  For varying degrees of migraine pain and for the type of person, herbal medicine may be used in conjunction with acupuncture.

The needles help in removing energy blockages in the body and they allow the energy and blood to flow through undernourished body parts.  Since migraines tend to be more painful when blood rushes to the head and specific acupoints are treated so as not to cause blood from rushing to the head.

As mentioned, it is a lot cheaper to undergo acupuncture treatment than to spend on pain medications whose effects merely last a day or two.  After treatment with acupuncture, the relief from pain and distress are often long-term or even permanent.  Until the cause of migraine is known, acupuncture will still be around to help people better manage their life free from the pain and distress of migraine.  It is also wise to heed the advice of one’s healthcare provider and the West Orange acupuncturist to live a healthy less stressful lifestyle and to eat more nutrients that maintain the health of the body.