If you experience migraines, you’re probably constantly on the search for something to ease your severe head pain. Migraines are known to be debilitating and prohibit some people from living a happy, everyday life. The team at East West Health has introduced a natural, innovative way to treat those suffering from chronic migraines.
At East West Health, they perform acupuncture to reach your head pain right at the root of the pain, not using medications to cover it up.
In a recent study, acupuncture alone reduced the frequency of tension headaches by 50% and lowered the overall levels of pain experienced during headaches/migraines. Let us further explain.
A migraine defined
Usually located on one side of the head, a migraine is known to be a severe, throbbing pain. Alongside pain, sometimes come intense side effects as well. Such as sensitivity to sound/light, extreme nausea and on occasion, vomiting.
Known to go on from hours, to sometimes even days. These horrible symptoms and how often they occur usually just depends on each person.
Before a migraine comes on, some patients may discover what is known as a warning sign. Called an aura, a blur of light in your vision is one of the most common. Sometimes patients even experience a complete blind spot in their line of sight.
This aura can come on before, during, or even after the migraine has gone away.
Migraines can be brought on by:
- Eye Strain
- Cold Temperatures
- Cold/Flu Symptoms
- Bad Posture
Listed above does not account for all triggers of migraines, they are a good few of the most common. Which most can be avoided when you become more aware of your triggers for migraines.
When it comes to migraines, there may also be some risk factors associated with experiencing them. Including, but not limited to: family history, gender (women are three times more likely to get migraines), age, or sometimes hormonal changes.
Western medicine migraine treatment
Along with pain, you’ll usually find pain medications being prescribed. Sometimes even over the counter medications. They may help for the time being, but are only a temporary fix to the underlying cause of your migraines.
Not to mention, the possible side effects western pain medication. Those may create another list of issues that your body can experience.
The traditional western medical treatment usually falls into two categories:
- Pain-Relieving Medications: These drugs are taken during a migraine to treat the symptoms and subdue the painful attack.
- Preventative Medications: These drugs are taken very regularly, often daily, to reduce the frequency, or severity of migraines.
Each condition may vary and depending on that, doctors will adjust prescriptions as needed. Taking into account things like levels of pain, if your migraines become disabling, or how often you experience them.
Side effects of medications
When you take any medications for a long amount of time, you’re subjecting yourself to numerous possible side-effects. If you’re a patient using medications to treat your migraines, chances are you experience some of the following common side effects:
- Weight Gain
- Digestive Issues
While, yes they do relieve your pain for the time being. If you’re suffering from migraines you should look for less traditional alternatives to treating your chronic pain. Look for solutions that show lasting pain relief over time.
Help yourself to avoid the harsh side-effects that could put your future health at risk. Pain medication is not the only answer for relief of migraines.
Acupuncture and Migraines
When a patient is experiencing severe migraines, the first step for relief is to uncover the root of the problem. What is causing your migraines?
At East West Health, Regan Archibald specializes in uncovering the issue at hand and that’s always his first goal. His desired end result is to transform your life by relieving you of chronic pain.
Using a combined program of acupuncture, chinese herbs and keeping a healthy lifestyle are all recommended by Archibald and the staff at East West. They want to help you relieve your migraines, all while transforming your life to further take care of yourself.
How does acupuncture help?
Backed by science, acupuncture is an ancient treatment. Not only is it natural, but it’s a drug free treatment that may be used to relieve patients from chronic pain, including migraines.
Some other benefits acupuncture may present to you are:
- Increasing blood flow
- Reducing inflammation
- Strengthening your immune system
- Releasing endorphins that fight off pain.
So, how does acupuncture help relieve migraines? At East West Health, they treat you with no medications, no surgeries and only natural treatment for relief.
We believe that not only does it help migraines, but that acupuncture treatment can improve the quality of life and also reduce the stress level. It ensures improvement, as well as fast recovery from an injury. The technique also helps human beings maintain their emotional balance.
Our treatment plans
This technique works by stimulating certain points along fourteen different pathways. These needles further compel the human body to release a natural painkiller called endorphins, which improves the blood flow and changes in the activities of a human brain.
Acupuncture is a Chinese practice and goes over the 14 meridians of the body. When there is any interruption of the energy across these meridians, you can experience pain or illness.
Through extensive clinical studies, acupuncture has shown positive effects on patients undergoing the practice for their migraines. Showing some of the same benefits of preventative pain medications for migraines, it has long term pain relief.
By targeting specific pressure points, acupuncture slows down the rate of pain transmission in your body. Reducing the occurrence of migraines in the future.
Practicing chinese herbs includes the use of multiple mind and body practices, including acupuncture and herbal products.
Combining these things is used to treat various health issues. Known to improve the quality of patients life by relieving their chronic pain.
Some common illnesses treated by herbal medicine include:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Based on science, functional medicine is very individualized and a personalized approach to healing. Lab work is used to find and diagnose the underlying problem. Then followed by healing solutions that are natural.
Functional medicine is a great, healthy alternative to the treatment of chronic illness, or pain.
So, when you look at the word ‘functional’, what does it exactly mean? When it comes to functional medicine, it could be defined as finding the root cause of illness or disease when a doctor and patient work together to find the ‘dysfunction’ the patient’s body is having before determining a full diagnosis.
When looking at a functional medicine doctor, their main job is restoring your body’s natural function. So, that’s where the functional comes from in functional medicine.
When it comes to treating any chronic illness, you have to also improve your everyday choices. Boosting your immune system and taking care of your body will help it to fight off illness.
That includes a healthy diet, as well as exercising regularly. That may also help to prevent future illness, including more chronic migraines. Those can be set off by poor health choices.
When it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself, the best step is to exercise regularly. Exercise boosts the immune system by increasing the oxygen intake of your body. This is really a great step towards preventing future chronic pain, or illness.
Find Relief Now!
Are you ready to get relief from migraines today? The team at East West Health is ready to help! Choose the clinic closest to you and get in touch.
If you’re looking for natural, medication free treatment for your migraines, or if you believe you could benefit from our acupuncture treatment, visit our website and get started today. We want to transform your life at East West Health.