Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and 1 in every 15 men. Symptoms usually begin in early adulthood (during this period, some female patient may experience tension type headache or migraine).
A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side or both sides of the forehead, temples, occipital, or eye socket. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. When the pain is reduced, the patient may experience drowsiness, sore eye, runny nose, or dribble.
Migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway. Some patients may have trigger points which cause pain at the head, forehead, occipital, or eye socket.
From the viewpoint of Chinese medicine theory, migraine is caused by excessive wind, blood stasis, dampness, and deficiency at the head, the mixture which causes the headache.
Migraines can’t be cured, but acupuncture is an effective way to manage the pain and make it occur less often. Acupuncture is also a very effective treatment especially when the symptoms relapse. Acupuncture also makes blood circulation better and reduce hemorrhoids. The acupuncture points are different depending on the condition of the patient. Some patients come with referred pain and may have a trigger point. When the patient has received dry needle tapping causing muscle twitching which will release the trigger point, the condition of the patient will rapidly improve.
Some patients’ conditions may improve after receiving acupuncture treatment only 2-3 times, some may take 7-8 times depending on the symptoms and underlying condition of the patient. Continuing treatment will alleviate the frequency and duration of migraines, but results will vary per individual.