- August 7, 2017
- Do you need more Headspace?
When it comes to headaches the first thing to recognise is that not all headaches are the same. Therefore, one treatment method may not be right for treating all types of headaches. There are five main categories of headaches: Tension headaches, Cluster headaches, sinus headaches, Rebound headaches and Migraine headaches.
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), these classifications do not exist as much, instead each individual is diagnosed by what ‘channel’ or ‘organ’ pathology is being affected and therefore, causing the headache. In TCM, a headache has two parts: the root and the branch. The root is whatever is causing the headache, and the branch is the pain itself. Acupuncture works to treat both the root and the branch, so the result is more long-term, instead of just temporarily relieving the pain.
A new study concludes that acupuncture is effective for relieving headaches. Investigators note that acupuncture reduces the intensity and duration of headaches. In addition, they suggest that acupuncture can reduce the need for “drug therapies and is a valuable option for patient suffering from CDH [chronic daily headache].”
In this controlled study, verum acupuncture was compared with sham acupuncture. The verum acupuncture group improved significantly over the control group. Verum acupuncture significantly reduced the frequency, intensity and duration of chronic daily headaches. The research notes that acupuncture is effective for reducing the intensity of pain for chronic tension headaches and migraines. In addition, patients suffering from nausea due to headaches and migraines showed a significant decrease in nausea levels.
In related recent research, acupuncture was found more effective and safer than a migraine medication. Researchers discovered that acupuncture effectively reduced migraine pain intensity levels and no adverse effects occurred. In the same study, patients receiving the medication valproic acid did not have the same level of clinical benefits as acupuncture and with nearly 50% of patients experiencing adverse side effects from the drug. The outcomes were measured six months after the study had been completed. This demonstrates that acupuncture has long term benefits for patients with migraines and that it is both safe and effective. Read More -Health CMI
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