Acupuncture for Migraine at the Hatfield Practice
Traditional Acupuncture is more effective than medication in the relief the painful of migraine, says a study of 160 patients at the Woman’s Headache Centre in Turin. Dr Gianni Allais and colleagues found that women who received acupuncture had fewer migraines during the first four months of treatment. Research focused on classical migraine – or migraine with aura – when the piercing headache is preceded by visual disturbances.
Experts who administered the needles treatment to women suffering from the debilitating condition found they had fewer attacks and needed less painkilling medication. They also needed less medication than those taking the drug flunarizine, used to prevent blinding headaches.
The medical Journal of Headaches reported that the study run by Dr Allais asked 80 women to have acupuncture once a week for two months. Compared to another group of 80 women had a daily dose of flunarizine for two months. They took the drug 20 times per month over the next four months.
After the two months of medication they then has acupuncture once monthly for another five months. Fine acupuncture needles were placed in the same specific points during each treatment. Typically the acupuncture needles are left in position for 20 minutes ( Practitioners at the Hatfield Practice use around the same needling time).
Amazingly both groups of women in the trial experienced fewer headaches overall. However, patients who used Acupuncture had fewer migraines than those taking flunarizine during the first five months of the study – an average-of 2.3 attacks compared with 2.9 in the drug group. In review Acupuncture appeared to reduce migraine pain and lower the need for the medication.
Reasearch such as this could help the eight million migraine sufferers in England. The migraine ( severe headaches ) affects 22 per cent of women and eight cent of men globally.
Acupuncture, a therapy which began in China more than 2,000 years ago, involves placing fine needles at specific points on the body’s surface. The needles are said to relax the nervous system around central pain pathways and promote the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.
In passing a report from the British Medical Association’s (BMA) board of science review said there was ‘good evidence’ from clinical trials that Acupuncture relieved nausea – particularly after surgery – back pain and dental pain.
Hatfield Acupuncture Practice is run by Helen Taylor Weekes, Co-Director of the practice and Senior Acupuncturist with nearly 30 years of experience. Helen works alongside Jenny Meagor BA BSc (Acupuncture) MBAcC. Jenny is a Traditional Acupuncturist. Prior to joining the Hatfield Practice Jenny worked in private practice in Harley Street..
We specialises in using particularly gentle traditional Acupuncture techniques. Modern ideas and traditional values are an important part of our Hatfield Acupuncture treatments. Traditional Acupuncture is an effective system of medicine that’s been around for thousands of years. We apply a modern twist.
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