• 7 reasons why acupuncture is good for a migraine

acuandherbs• A systematic Cochrane review supports acupuncture for a migraine

A systematic review of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis, conducted by Cochrane in 2016, included 4,985 participants in 25 randomised controlled trials, firmly placing it among the most well-studied treatments.

The review found that adding acupuncture to symptomatic treatment of attacks reduces the frequency of headaches. Contrary to previous findings, the updated evidence also suggested that there is an effect on the sham, but this effect is small. Sham is simply a diluted form of acupuncture, not a placebo, so the difference would not be expected to be large.

It also showed that the available trials also suggested that acupuncture may be at least similarly effective as treatment with prophylactic drugs. Acupuncture can be considered an option for patients willing to undergo this treatment, the review concluded.

• 7 reasons why acupuncture is good for a migraine:

1, It provides pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Zhao 2008, Pomeranz, 2001)

2, It reduces inflammation- increasingly there is evidence that inflammation is associated with a migraine. Acupuncture promotes the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors that can counter this (Kim, 2008; Kavoussi, 2007; Zijlstra, 2003).

3, It reduces the degree of cortical spreading depression – This is an electrical wave in the brain associated with a migraine. (Shi, 2010). 

4, It reduces plasma levels of calcitonin gene-related peptide and substance – These are pain-signaling neuropeptides that may be implicated in the pathophysiology of a migraine. (Shi, 2010). 

5, It modulates extracranial and intracranial blood flow – changes in cranial blood flow don’t necessarily initiate migraine pain but may contribute to it. (Park, 2009)

6, It affects serotonin levels in the brain – serotonin may be linked both to the initiation of migraines and to the relief of acute attacks (through triptans, drugs that promote seretonin levels). (Zhong, 2007)

7, It increases local microcirculation – This aids the dispersal of swelling. (Komori, 2009)

 

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• Acupuncture work for menstrual cramps

Period pain is common and a normal part of your menstrual cycle. Up to 20% of women suffer from cramping severe enough to interfere with daily activities – and many menstruating women grimace through their pain in silence. For women who do speak up, their pain is often downplayed or ignored.

acupuncture period pain

 

A new study led by Australian researchers tests the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments in relieving period pain.  The study was conducted by Dr. Mike Armour, of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at Western Sydney University in Australia, and his colleagues from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland, also in Australia. Their findings were published in the journal PLOS One.

It was found that the women undergoing acupuncture more frequently experienced more significant improvements in period pain intensity and related symptoms, as well as in overall quality of life.

Twelve treatments were carried out either once or three times a week over three menstrual cycles.

The study found that using manual stimulation of the needles, rather than an electrical acupuncture resulted in reduced need for pain-relieving medication and improvement in secondary symptoms.

More than half the women undergoing manual acupuncture experienced a decrease in period pain and related symptoms of up to 50 percent. The women reported significant reductions in ‘peak pain’ during the first three days of their period and in “average pain” experienced over their entire period, with the effects sustained for 12 months.

The treatment was grounded in traditional Chinese medicine practices as well as the Zang Fu system, which identifies the unique attributes of each organ and the ways in which they relate to each other.

Although customisation of acupuncture points was applied according to TCM differential diagnostics, most commonly used acupuncture points are:

Sanyinjiao (SP6)
Zusanli (ST36)
Guanyuan (CV4)
Qihai (CV6)

Other Chinese medicine treatments such as: Chinese Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion, TuiNa massage are also very effective in treating Period Pain.

 


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• Chinese TuiNa(Acupressure) massage could relieve stiff joints in just THREE weeks

shutterstock_189112268 copyNeck pain could be caused by sleeping in an awkward position, having bad posture, or by using a computer for too long.

A new study evaluating a form of Chinese massage, tuina, in patients with chronic neck pain found it to be effective, safe, and cost-effective compared to no treatment. The study, which assessed intensity of neck pain, disability, health-related quality of life, medication use, and cost, is published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM).

Patients receiving massage treatment reported a greater reduction in neck pain, compared with those that didn’t get any treatment for their pain.

Six sessions of tuina, over a period of three weeks, is enough to reduce neck pain, the scientists revealed.

Researcher Dr Claudia Witt said the results were “promising, and call for further research on tuina”.

Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine – where the study was published – John Weeks, added: “The value found for tuina in this study has an additional implication.

“Inclusion in payment and delivery programs of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners who are trained in tuina may offer a one-two punch – acupuncture needles and Chinese massage – in efforts to shift to cost-effective, non-pharmacologic, approaches for chronic pain treatment.”

Tuina is applied to patients who are sitting down, or lying on a sofa.

The massage involved manipulating the soft tissue and backbone, using mainly stroking, kneading, and drumming techniques.

It is a very rigorous massage, as every techniques requires movement and pressure, according to the Body Harmonics Clinic.

Some patients report feeling light-headed after sessions, while others feel supercharged, it added.


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• Acupuncture ‘cure’ for migraine

Daily Mail report:     A  study found that acupuncture is more effective than drugs in relieving the misery of migraine.  

Researchers focused on classical migraine, migraine with aura.  They conducted a trial of 160 patients at the Woman’s Headache Centre in Turin. Dr Gianni Allais and colleagues found that women who received acupuncture had fewer migraines during the first four months of treatment.

They also needed less medication than those taking the drug flunarizine, used to prevent blinding headaches, reported in the medical journal Headache.

 


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