Headaches

Headaches are one of the most common causes of visiting the doctor. Women are twice as likely to suffer from them than men.

Conventional treatment includes medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen to alleviate headaches.(Watson 2008) but these do not get to the root cause.

Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the release of neurochemicals which influence the body's homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Certain acupuncture points have been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress (Hui 2010)

For more information or to book acupuncture treatments with me, Nicola Allen, call 0630108455 or email Nicola@lilymint.nl

This information has been adapted from the British Acupuncture Council’s acupuncture research fact sheets.  You can find the full information here.

https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/headache.html

 

Migraines

Migraines are thought to be an electrical phenomenon in the brain which then affects blood vessels, biochemistry, and causes inflammation in the brain.

Research has shown that acupuncture is a good treatment for migraine. It’s is as effective as drug therapy with few unpleasant side effects (Linde 2009, Wang 2008, Sun 2008, Scott 2008). 

Acupuncture can helps migraine sufferers by:

  • Providing pain relief - by stimulating the release of endorphins and other neurochemoral factors which changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Zhao 2008, Zijlstra 2003, Pomeranz, 1987)
  • Reducing inflammation - by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kim 2008, Kavoussi 2007, Zijlstra 2003).
  • Reducing electrical waves in the brain (cortical spreading depression) and reducing specific substances in blood plasma (calcitonin gene-related peptide and substance P) implicated with migraine, (Shi 2010).
  • Regulating blood flow in the brain (Park 2009). Affecting serotonin levels in the brain which may be linked to the initiation of migraines; 5-HT agonists (triptans) are used against acute attacks.) (Zhong 2007).

For more information or to book acupuncture treatments with me, Nicola Allen, call 0630108455 or email Nicola@lilymint.nl

This information has been adapted from the British Acupuncture Council’s acupuncture research fact sheets.  You can find the full information here. https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/migraines.html