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Acupuncture for migraine relief is a treatment migraine suffers should not overlook. Migraine headaches are one of the most debilitating physical ailments one can experience. When migraines emerge they prevent a person from focusing on work, school, hobbies and virtually anything that doesn't involve a dark, cool, soundproof room. Even more frustrating is that scientists and doctors are unable to give concrete physiological evidence explaining exactly what a migraine headache is. The list of potential migraine triggers is incredibly broad and can leave a migraine victim feeling helpless and depressed. It can seem as if conventional western medicine has thrown up its hands saying, "Take Drug X, and call me in the morning," and then leaves the phone off the hook.
Thankfully, acupuncture for migraine relief has been gaining mainstream attention. It's success is noted by medical powerhouses such as The Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine. One thing both conventional and non-conventional practitioners agree on is that migraines are triggered by an imbalance in the body. Whether that imbalance stems from too much caffeine, insufficient sleep, or lunar hormonal cycles, a migraine is the body's way of communicating something is wrong and needs to be re-balanced. Holistic health practitioners know that balance is the key to a healthy mind, body and spirit. Acupuncture serves as a healing method to restore that balance.
What is a migraine? Understanding the physiology of a migraine helps to illuminate why acupuncture for migraine relief is successful. Anatomy and Physiology classes teach that the brain is actually devoid of pain receptors. This seems impossible to someone who experiences any grade of headache, let alone a migraine. However, the brain's vascular system does intersect with neural pathways. It's most likely in this neurovascular relationship that migraine pain is transmitted through the body's nervous system.
Acupuncture for migraine relief | the scientific connection
Acupuncture's roots are embedded in the Chinese Medicine belief that Yang (Qi - or "energy") and Yin (blood) energy must be in harmony for one to be healthy. Acupuncture works with the body's Qi. Using the body's meridians (energy channels), acupuncture stimulates energy flow where there has been a blockage and releases energy where there is an over abundance. A trained acupuncturist will also work with the patient to identify what sensitivities trigger the onset of a migraine. These triggers and symptom patters will help your acupuncture doctor identify which meridians to treat. In this way, the acupuncturist will use acupuncture to bring balance - and to maintain balance - within the body.
The neurovascular migraine connection actually parallels the ancient understanding of the body's yin and yang. Where the vascular system is the yin and the neurological system is the yang. Acupuncture for migraine relief, working in both modalities, is the most natural way to provide migraine relief.
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