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Auricular Migraine Acupuncture Points
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
How effective is dry needling (acupuncture) for Migraine? Is it helpful? Will it reduce the symptoms? I have migraine at least once a week or two weeks
May help: But you run a risk of infection, bleeding and bruising. ...Read more
U can see a book: As I remeber there are 12 maridians on the body and about 760 regular points in addition to local points that can be used for treatment, depending on patient's presentation ...Read more
Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. Nerve injuries can be temp. Or permanent. Don't get scammed. ...Read more
Acupuncture: May help with pain or stress (if you Believe in it enough). But the disease itself could be serious (? Nerve compression? Heart pain? Gallbladder? Rumor?). Make sure it's nothing serious before you trust in acupuncture. If no serious pathology, could then attempt acupuncture. Feel better ...Read more
Acupuncture: A number of chemicals/neurotransmitters can be impacted by acupuncture: serotonin, norepinephrine, substance P, GABA, Dopamine, B- endorphin, ACTH, Dynorphins, Leucine - enkephalin & methionine-enkephalin. Acupuncture also blocks obstructions in blood flow, lymphatic drainage, nerve conduction and Chi. Different forms of acupuncture have different impacts on the body. The strongest form of > ...Read more
What to do if I get acupuncture for migraines why does the practitioner rotate the needles during a session?
Possibly: There is certainly data to suggest that it can. ...Read more
Can I b treated with accupincture on the first visit? Its been suggested I seek this treatment for chronic pain/migraines?
May need multiple Tx: Acupuncture has been successful at treating chronic pain and migraines for many people, but chronic conditions usually require extended treatment plans, and it is more likely that you will need multiple treatments. It is worth trying and wise to see someone with good experience & training & recommended by others as the type of treatment can vary greatly among different providers. ...Read more
Daith piercing: My limited research on the matter indicates that migraine relief from Daith piercings does not occur universally. There does not appear to very much in the way of formal research either. However, both auricular and scalp acupuncture are safe forms of treatment for migraine and other headache types. ...Read more
Are there any dangers of doing acupuncture by my self after learning needle insertion and the points? What is the worst thing that could happen?
Bad idea: Popular 5-6 years ago, a large multi-center study published in 12/2008 showed there was no difference in success rates with ivf in couples that did acupuncture vs. Not doing acupuncture. In my experience, that is true, but the one benefit I have seen is that it definitely relaxes you prior to the procedure. Needs to be done by an experienced person. If done wrong, shown to decrease success rates. ...Read more
Pressure points on head were pressed VERY hard yest. Temples& up;migraine since after ice and shot. I can still feel the pressure and nusea. Suggestion?
Can you explain if it's safe to take some migraine medicine if you're super hungover from a night of drinking?
Don't know whether: It has occurred to you, but the reason you need your migraine medicine is BECAUSE you had a night of drinking. Alcohol is a notorious precipitant to migraine. You can use triptan drugs like Imitrex (sumatriptan) as prescribed whether you are hung over or not, but if you continue to drink despite it bringing on migraine, you have an alcohol problem. See your doctor for help, and cut down or better, STOP. ...Read more
Is this optical migraine? Flashing zig-zag @periphery of vision. Printed words distorted/stretched at periphery, like they're moving & fading in/out.
Sounds that way!: But make sure to see your eye specialist first to verify. You may need further work up. ...Read more
Should I return to the e.R.? I have been suffering from a migraine since thursday. I went to the e.R. Both thursday and friday, and I'm still in severe pain even with the meds they gave me. Should I return to the hospital, or tough it out until monday to
Your choice: Your choice. You definitely need to see an md for neurological testing first, before anything else is done. Obviously the meds are just not enough to cover up the symptoms. You need to find out the cause first before moving forward. ...Read more
Why are alternative medicines not used more often (e.G. Herbal, acupuncture, energy healing, ayuverda)?
Slow acceptance: Non-western medicine has been slow to be accepted in the us. It is not taught in many us medical schools. Most western trained physicians want strong scientific evidence before they are willing to consider recommending or practicing new medical approaches. Accupuncture has been practiced for over 5, 000 years. It is practiced throughout europe, asia & canada- but the us has been slow to accept. ...Read more
R there any drugs for severe m.E? (i dislike drugs but uk nhs won't prescribe nutritiional/herbal/acupuncture type trtmnt on long tern basis. Only drug
Not exactly but: M.E. Is a diagnosis of exclusion. My experience is that most with it actually have chronic lyme with co-infections (but drugs are of limited help for that). Also, many are hypothyroid- even if their TSH is "normal" so thyroid hormone can help quite a bit. Many have intestinal parasites- not always easily diagnosed- many drugs can help these, but so can natural things like papaya seeds. See comment:. ...Read more
When my bf massages the pressure points in my right temple, my migraine stopped, hot /cold flashes stopped, I could breathe freely, what's wrong w me>?
The best drug: Pharmacological management of migraine involves abortive therapy for the acute, occasional migraine attack, and prophylactic therapy for the more chronic and disabling attacks. Some migraine patients are prone to medication overuse headaches. There are multiple drug options for migraine management. Therefore, you should see your physician for evaluation and choosing the best drug for your migraine. ...Read more
Migraine management: The goals of migraine therapy are relief from pain and associated symptoms and the restoration of normal function and quality of life. Once a diagnosis of migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See OFP or headache specialist. ...Read more
Two approaches: I think it best to prevent if these are frequent, and prescription meds include beta blockers, topirimate, depakote, and perhaps naproxen. To abort headache initially, might use a triptan, or an ergot, or even cambia. Botox, acupuncture, greater occipital nerve blocks offer additional interventions. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more