If you suffer from migraine headaches, I don’t have to explain to you how they can literally make your life miserable beyond belief. Studies reveal that roughly 1 in 7 suffer from severe headaches with women outnumbering men almost two to one. There are a number of medications on the market that target migraine sufferers, yet many are ineffective and can also be quite costly.
Kacy had come to me for back issues as a young teen. A few years later she returned to discuss potential options for the chronic migraines from which she was experiencing. She noted that on a monthly basis, she would have a period of time that would be virtually incapacitating from a pain standpoint, limiting her ability to do even basic tasks. I don’t recall, but she may have been the one that brought up the possibility of acupuncture.
We began to use a combination of adjustments and acupuncture to help naturally balance her nervous system. Soon, Kacy was finding relief and now sees me about once a month to maintain her improvement. Here is what she had to say regarding her experience:
“I was having chronic migraine headaches about once a month and taking prescription drugs to get rid of them. I then started seeing Dr. Perrine for acupuncture in addition to adjustments and was excited when I started to see results right away. Early on in treatment, when I would suffer a migraine, the pain was considerably less and easy to get rid of. After a couple of months of acupuncture, my migraines went away and I haven’t had one in over a year! I’m still seeing Dr. Perrine for regular adjustments and acupuncture, delighted with how well it makes me feel. I highly recommend acupuncture as an alternative treatment to prescription drugs. It has been extremely effective and improved my overall health.”
A new drug has recently been announced that is a monthly injection to reduce the frequency of migraines. The cost…$6,900 a year! That is more than 10 times the cost of acupuncture. That being said, long term side effects will not be known for years. With thousands of years of clinical studies, high patient satisfaction and proven benefits through medical research, acupuncture sure sounds like a better option.
Researchers in China found that properly administered acupuncture therapy may reduce the frequency of the most common types of migraines. The research, which builds on a body of knowledge from smaller studies, looked at how true acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture in reducing migraine attacks and symptoms in those who have been battling the condition for at least a year. Patients in the true acupuncture group saw a reduction in the average number of migraines per month, with no adverse events reported requiring “special medical intervention.”
If you think acupuncture is still something the medical community ridicules, a recent study in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association put it’s stamp of approval on acupuncture for migraines noting:
“Among patients with migraine without aura, true acupuncture may be associated with long-term reduction in migraine recurrence compared with sham acupuncture or assigned to a waiting list.”
If you or someone you know suffers from migraines and has not investigated acupuncture, why continue to wait? Side effects are extremely rare when performed by a trained practitioner and the results can be nothing short of miraculous. What do you have to lose besides that horrible pain?