Acupuncture for migraines, coupled with the migraine drug rizatriptan produces better outcomes than merely taking rizatriptan alone. In another study, migraineurs who underwent twelve sessions of acupuncture over a three-month period found that the therapy resulted in twenty-two fewer headache days per year.
Acupuncture for migraines side effects is negligible if itis performed by an experienced, licensed acupuncturist. The procedure is extremely safe, making acupuncture for migraines during pregnancy, as well as acupuncture for migraines in children safe, depending on the age and symptoms in the child. The only side effect may be a slight burning sensation at the site of needle entry.
The needles used are disposable and the skin is swabbed with disinfectant prior to puncture, so the risk of infection is very slim. Needles are inserted just under the skin, so bleeding is minimal. The goal of acupuncture is to harmonize the energy flow within the body. The insertion of acupuncture needles stimulates an increase in pain-killing endorphins and serotonin levels in the blood and brain. Acupoints for migraine treatment will vary by patient and symptoms but are usually located on the ears, face, forehead, neck, hand or forearm.
Not all health insurance plans will cover acupuncture treatment. This will make acupuncture for migraines an expensive treatment for some. However, the benefits from the significant reduction in both the amount of prescription medication and sick days from work may far outweigh the cost of the acupuncture for migraines and headaches.
The best to get quality treatment is to find quality, credentialed or board-certified practitioner. Do you research by checking with the national professional groups and credentialing organizations. This helps ensure that the acupuncturist you see is licensed to practise what he or she claims, and to check for any consumer complaints.
Before trying acupuncture for migraines, check with your primary care physician to ensure that the treatment will not interact with the prescription migraine medication you may already be taking. While looking for an acupuncturist, do not go for one who makes one-size-fits-all claims and touts himeself or herself to be capable of “miracle cures”. Choose a board-certified acupuncturist who has spent considerable time training before being certified, and one who has had extensive experience.
Watch the acupuncture for migraines video below to have a better idea of how acupuncture for migraine is being carried out: