• Acupuncture For Migraine Prophylaxis

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    Acupuncture has long been thought to minimize the occurrence and severity of migraines. A recent study took a look at the potential mechanisms of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis.

    Evidence compiled from neuroimaging studies (MRIs) showed that when compared with sham acupuncture, verum acupuncture normalizes the lowering of the functional connectivity of the RVM/TCC network, frontal-parietal network, default mode network and cingulo-opercular networks. It can also normalize the sensorimotor network connectivity with affective-, sensory-, and cognitive-related brain areas that overlap with the pain matrix.

    Verum acupuncture tends to be more targeted and unique compared with sham acupuncture in those who suffer from migraines. Verum acupuncture refers to the techniques of traditional acupuncture, whereby thin needles are inserted into the skin at strategic points. Sham acupuncture, on the other hand (AKA placebo acupuncture) is performed away from established acupuncture points or without stimulation. This method is used as a control in studies to determine how effective acupuncture is for a certain condition or disease.

    Study findings give new perspectives on acupoint validation, confirming the central modulating effects brought about by acupuncture as an effective migraine prevention treatment. That being said, the precise mechanism by which acupuncture works in regards to migraine prophylaxis is still unclear and calls for further investigation.

    Future studies and bigger sample sizes will be required to confirm the results and further evaluate the effects of acupuncture. Researchers will also have to focus more on the relationships between the functional connectivity network of brain areas in order to truly understand the effects of acupuncture on migraine.

    A migraine is a severe headache that causes throbbing pain or pulsing sensations, typically on one part of the head — often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. These attacks can last for a few hours or a few days, with pain so severe it interferes with daily activities. Migraine isn’t just a bad headache. It’s actually a disabling neurological disease that affects 39 million Americans, according to the American Migraine Foundation.

    Contact Metro Detroit Acupuncture

    If you suffer from debilitating migraines, contact us at (248) 432-2846 to learn more about how you can improve occurrence and symptoms with acupuncture. Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to pills and traditional surgical and medical procedures that may not be as effective. We are proud to be Metro Detroit’s leading acupuncture and pain management clinic!