Migraines and Headache
Research shows that acupuncture can work as well as or better than many drug treatments for migraine and headaches, with fewer side effects.
Many headaches are misdiagnosed as migraine, when in fact they are caused by referred pain from tense muscles in the shoulders, neck and head. If you have tried anti-migraine drugs to no effect, this could be the reason and often responds to acupuncture.
If you are finding drug treatment to be of some help, you can of course continue to take whatever your doctor has prescribed at the same time as trying acupuncture.
There hasn’t yet been a great deal of research into the effectiveness of acupuncture on neuralgia, but I have seen some good results with my own patients.
I most frequently see patients with:
- Postherpetic neuralgia, the recurring pain that can follow shingles
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Some repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
Nerve-related pains and neuralgia can, however, arise anywhere in the body. Please feel free to contact me if you are not sure.
For more information on the evidence base, you can check the information pages for Bell ’s palsy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica and Neuropathic Pain via the fact sheets found on the BAcC Website. Please remember I am not endorsing treatment from any particular BAcC members.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME and Fibromyalgia
These conditions are very difficult to treat with conventional Western medicine. There are some limited observational research studies which suggest that acupuncture can be of help for some patients. My personal experience is that although many patients do not respond particularly well to acupuncture, a few do.
“Given the often unsatisfactory outcomes from conventional treatments, acupuncture may be a worthwhile option to consider, probably as part of a combined approach. There is evidence to support its effectiveness for some of the common symptoms – chronic pain, insomnia, depression, but for chronic fatigue syndrome as a whole there is a need for more, and higher quality, research to see if there are any provable benefits” Source – BAcC website research review
How acupuncture helps migraine, headache, nerve-related pains or CFS type symptoms
We think acupuncture works by prompting the body to release pain-killing hormones, blocking pain messages to the brain, improving circulation and reducing inflammation, and by relaxing muscles.
There is also a theory that acupuncture boosts the immune system, although there is no hard evidence for this as yet.
To discuss your symptoms, please contact me