Acupuncture Treatment for Migraine

At our clinic in Guildford Surrey we use acupuncture treatment for Migraine and headaches with great success.

Acupuncture can be used for prevention of migraine & to help symptoms of acute attacks.

Doctors Say Acupuncture Treatment for Migraine works!

The World Health Organisation endorses acupuncture for migraine headaches.

NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence}  guidelines recommend acupuncture for migraine. The NICE guideline is the NHS guidance for their doctors.

About Migraine
Acupuncture treatment for Migraine guildford surrey

Migraines are a serious problem and can severely affect your quality of life.

Migraines affect mainly women. About 60% of migraines are linked to the menstrual cycle. The pain is severe & often one sided. It can have other symptoms like nausea, visual problems, sensitivity to light or sound . Some people experience an aura before an attack. This can be visual disturbances, pins and needles , speech problems, dizziness etc.

Migraines can last for a few hours or a few days.  They can happen several times a week week, or only occasionally.

What Causes Migraine?

They are often caused by: tension, dehydration, eye strain,  low blood sugar levels, sinusitis, head injury, spinal problems, hormonal changes, overuse of painkillers  etc

Some foods are known to be migraine triggers. Examples are: cheese, alcohol, caffeine, food additives, irregular meals.  Emotional triggers play an important role such as stress, anxiety, anger.

Physical triggers include: tiredness, dental problems. Combined triggers are more likely to cause an acute attack.

Migraines are believed to start with changes to blood vessels in the brain. Migraines can be made worse by: high blood pressure, hormonal changes, contraceptive pill, HRT, hormonal fluctuations before the period., smoking.

Medical Migraine treatments

Medical treatment is mainly based on over the counter and prescription drugs, to relieve the symptoms. Doctors usually prescribe painkillers , anti-sickness  drugs and beta-blockers. Most of them are associated with adverse effects.

Acupuncture Treatment for Migraine and Headache

When we first see you we will decide on a treatment plan. This sometimes involves lifestyle , dietary advice and trigger management.

Acupuncture treatment involves gently inserting about 5-10 needles. It is virtually painless.

Acupuncture treatment for migraine works best with a course of 4-6 weekly treatments.

 

A Client’s Story of Meniere’s Treatment with Acupuncture

Meniere's treatment with acupuncture guildford surrey

Meniere’s disease is  really difficult for all who suffer with it. Here is one client’s story.  Joanna, who Vahida treated with acupuncture, has kindly agreed to us posting it here.

“It is 13 years since I wrote an article in Spin magazine on acupuncture and Menieres. I have since then gone from strength to strength.

The doctors have dismissed me because they said there’s nothing more they can do for my Menieres Syndrome.I must keep taking the SERK (medication) 16mg three times a day.

I am down to 8mg once a day! I haven’t had a vertigo attack in ten years. My tinnitus is under control and I am certainly not as deaf.

Why? Because thanks to my acupuncturist I have learnt to mange my Menieres syndrome and of course I have been having acupuncture. Her favourite phrase is ‘listen to your body’. Our one hour sessions which initially I had every month and now every six months, have not only the needles but also a consultation. In that time I have learnt to recognise what triggers the symptoms ( tinnitus, deafness and vertigo), the best diet for my body, counteract with natural remedies- celery, parsley and asparagus as a diuretic, beetroot and red meat fro  iron.. I have learnt how to mange stress, a trigger for Menieres and tiredness, another trigger.

Over the years I have used my acupuncture for other ailments. My doctor is known to say:” I don’t think I have seen you for over a year”. Acupuncture can be a form of maintenance, especially through the winter months when there are lots of infections around. It boost up my immune system and can help me sleep. If I am having headaches, backache, pulled a muscle, got sinusitis, I go and have acupuncture. It always works for me.”   Joanna

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