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Relief from Migraine after Acupuncture Treatment

Jeremy Riesenfeld
Jeremy Riesenfeld
Acupuncture
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1645 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington D.C. 20009
 15 years exp 
December 10, 2019
45 YearsMaleWhite

Medical Condition:

Migraine

Therapies:

Acupuncture

Type of Outcome:

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Medical History:

RT's migraines started in undergrad, happening every 2 months or so. Four years later, with work stress reaching new heights, RT's migraines had increased to three times a month, each lasting 1.5 days. The pain was in the right temple, and back left the side of the mind. In addition to stress, the migraines seemed to be caused by consistent sinus pressure and sinus headaches, often resulting from seasonal allergies and weather changes. RT also had fatigue, body aches, and weight gain of 15 lbs because of lack of exercise, caused in part by the strain and increased migraine headache frequency.

Case Management:

Migraine After Acupuncture Treatment 

To begin, we requested RT to come in for acupuncture twice a week for 2 weeks. Along with acupuncture, we recommended an allergy elimination diet for three months as a result of sinus pressure involvement in her migraines.

Each treatment would provide a 75-100% relief of her headache symptoms right now, with progress windows of 1-3 days.

Within the next 3 months (18 remedies total), RT's migraines and sinus headaches had decreased in frequency by 75%, her head and psychological attention felt clearer, and her energy levels had gone up. With her newfound energy, she began exercising and had lost about 5 lbs.


Because the root cause of migraines is not well understood, the remedies currently available involve a wide-acting assortment of pharmaceutical drugs with an array of side-effects.

Current research indicates that acupuncture is as effective or more effective than drug treatments, with no unwanted side-effects. Not only can acupuncture treatments provided at the moment relief from migraine pain, but they work really well as a preventative therapy against future attacks. Acupuncture found to be as effective or more effective than traditional drug treatments in the prevention of migraines.


The subsequent study analyzed 22 trials of acupuncture for migraine prevention, either as a single treatment or as a part of care. The study found acupuncture to be as effective or more effective than traditional drug treatments in the prevention of migraines. Patients receiving acupuncture reported fewer headaches and side-effects compared to their counterparts who received standard care.


Cite Cochrane -- Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health -- Acupuncture for preventing migraine attacks This analysis of numerous studies demonstrates a six-week course of acupuncture treatments is as powerful as six-month prophylactic medication treatment for the prevention of migraines, with far fewer side effects. The authors of the study concluded that acupuncture should be a normal part of migraine therapy protocols.


Migraine Treatment After Acupuncture Offers significant pain relief without a side-effects

This study illustrates how acupuncture may be useful for pain relief in ophthalmic migraines and other types of difficult to deal with pain syndromes. Empirical analgesic acupoints were used to provide significant symptom relief and no side-effects were noted.


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