Acupuncture for migraines: fine needles to relieve pain

According to the German Migraine and Headache Society (DMKG), around 8 million people in Germany suffer from migraines. This figure is based on an estimate by the DMKG and can vary depending on the study and definition of migraine.

Migraine is a neurological disorder that is often accompanied by pulsating headaches, which frequently occur on one side and can be accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. For many people, migraines can have a serious impact on their quality of life. In recent years, acupuncture has gained in importance as an alternative treatment method for migraines. In this blog post, we explain how acupuncture can help relieve migraine symptoms.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been practiced for thousands of years. In acupuncture, fine needles are placed at specific points on the body to regulate the flow of vital energy or Qi. These points are located along the meridians, the body’s energy pathways. By stimulating these points, acupuncture can treat various complaints, such as migraines, and improve general well-being.

How does acupuncture help against migraines?

Studies have shown that acupuncture can be an effective treatment option for people with migraines. A meta-analysis of several studies found that acupuncture can significantly reduce the frequency of migraine attacks and also reduce the intensity of the pain. In addition, acupuncture can help to shorten the duration of the migraine episode and relieve associated symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.

How does acupuncture work for migraines?

The exact mechanisms by which acupuncture works to relieve migraines are not yet fully understood. It is believed that the stimulation of acupuncture points regulates the flow of Qi and blood in the body and reduces inflammation. In addition, acupuncture can promote the release of endorphins and other neurotransmitters, which relieve pain and improve general well-being.

What can patients expect during an acupuncture session?

During an acupuncture treatment at the Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine, you will be seen by a qualified acupuncturist who will assess your medical history and evaluate your specific symptoms. Thin needles are then placed at selected acupuncture points, which may vary depending on your individual needs. The needles are usually left in your body for about 20 to 30 minutes while you relax. Many people find the treatment pleasant and calming.

Acupuncture as a promising treatment method for migraines

For people who suffer from migraines and are looking for alternative treatments, acupuncture may be a promising option. It is important to note that acupuncture is not equally effective for everyone, and it may take time and patience to achieve the best results. Nevertheless, incorporating acupuncture into your treatment plan can help reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraine attacks and improve your quality of life.

Other topics and applications