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Can Acupuncture Help With Migraines
Yes, probably: Skillfully done, homeopathy may well help migraines. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20423206 finding the right homeopathic remedy requires professional case-taking and follow-up, though. Homeopathy is used successfully all over the world -- including germany, france, great britain, scotland, ireland, south america, india, etc. We're slower in the us, but use is growing. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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
Seek medical opinion: The source of the migraine is a very important component in deciding the correct treatment. If a pill now and again helps control the pain, then that may be a good answer, but until you know what causes the problem i would discusrage you from popping pills since that may mask an underlying condition. Once you know the cause, then your md can guide you in an appropriate treatment path. ...Read more
YES and NO: Like vegetables, fruits are valuable sources of fiber and antioxidants. Avoiding citrus fruits, avocados and bananas may help reduce headache symptoms, according to the ummc. Fruits unlikely to worsen your symptoms include apples, peaches, apricots, cherries, tomatoes, grapes, kiwi and cantaloupe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Never: Chiropractors do not know of any disease condition that they will not try and treat. They offer a strenuous massage which can sometimes be dangerous. There is no connection between ear problems and the spine so chiropractors have nothing to offer in this arena. See your family doctor or your otolaryngologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Although research ha: Although some research and case reports have demonstrated some positive results in some patients, there have not been any large definitive study that has been attempted to answer this question. Unlike in the US, in China often include acupuncture is included as part of the early treatment along with other disciplines and interventions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on diagnosis: You have to know, if possible, if the headaches are due to a tmj/tmd cause. I often get referrals from neurologists in my community because their treatment is delivering the desired results. But I have also referred patients to neurologists. Need to work together! ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Possibly: Increasing doses of opioids to try to chase the pain, unsuccessfully, can sometimes result in “opioid induced hyperalgesia”. Typically, fibromyalgia does not respond well to the pain managing aspects of opioids, although it sometimes improves mood and spirit by reducing the suffering aspect of pain. If you have been taking increasing doses of opioids without improvement, it is time to taper off. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes quite well: Neural therapy will not necessarily help everyone with fibromyalgia, but if someone has scar tissue creating "interference fields" it may be extremely helpful in reducing pain and improving function. Like many alternative therapies, there is little research demonstrating its effectiveness, but it is very safe and I have seen many patients have remarkable benefit from neural therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Definitely. Yoga: is one of the best ways to naturally decrease anxiety, but also to increase mindfulness, physical well-being through passive exercise, and a sense of slowing down in a very fast, busy world. Usually, Yoga is also taught with some form of meditation. Knowing what kind of anxiety is also helpful. Here's a reference: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Of course: The Botox injections are being increasingly used in pain management. They have been advocated as a preventive treatment for both migraine and tension-type headaches with some studies showing a reduction in the frequency, severity and disability associated with these headaches. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: There have been studies conducted by the nih cam center and others, but there is no supportive scientific evidence that reiki works for any condition. That said, working with someone who cares about you and your condition can be therapeutic. The healing power of touch and contact with someone who cares is helpful for someone with pain and depression. A pain psychologist might be more helpful. ...Read more
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