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Acupuncture for Migraines

Acupuncture for Migraines

If you struggle with migraine headaches and you live in the Pittsburgh, PA area, then I’m glad you are here.

Pittsburgh migrainesMigraines can be a frustrating, life-draining symptom. Whether they come daily or only once and a while, they are disruptive and painful and keep you from living your best life. It can be difficult to find a definite trigger, and while medications can deaden the pain, they often deaden other things as well, like tastebuds and fingertip sensitivity.

Acupuncture has been used to successfully treat migraines for thousands of years without side-effects. A course of weekly treatments combined with lifestyle changes can provide long-lasting relief. There are two main patterns in Chinese Medicine from which migraines arise – liver qi stagnation and kidney deficiency.

Migraines arising from liver qi stagnation usually show up first around the temples. This pattern can often be the result of a history of pent-up emotions, especially anger. Daily exercise can be a powerful support, as well as finding some sort of creative release, whether it’s painting, dancing or just scribbling words in a journal. Try trading out your morning coffee for a strong cup of dandelion root tea – your liver will thank you.

Migraines from kidney deficiency usually start around the base of the head or behind the eyes. They are often the result of overwork and pushing through your body’s signals of exhaustion. If a migraine causes you to retreat from the world and all sensory input including light, sound and smell, it may be a sign that you need to do this to a lesser degree in your daily life. Take time to shut out stimuli during the day, even if it’s just to close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths at work every hour. And with this pattern you’ll want to trade out your morning coffee for a strong cup of stinging nettles tea to make your kidneys happy.

Cleaning up your diet can be a big part of successful treatment. You may want to cut out refined sugars, refined grains and caffeine for 4 weeks to see what you notice. You may get a headache a few days in from withdrawal, but see how you feel once that passes and your body has time to acclimate. It’s important to be drinking enough water. This will vary from person to person, so go by the color of your urine – it should be pale yellow. If it’s darker than that, add in a glass or two and see how it goes. If it’s always clear and you’re going all the time, you may be drinking too much and flushing your body of nutrients.

If you suffer from migraines and you’ve just resigned yourself to live with them, I invite you to see if a different life is possible. You don’t have to live in pain. Your headaches are a cry for help, and with acupuncture treatment you may be able to answer that cry. Call me today at 412-927-4768 to schedule a free 15-minute consult to learn more about whether acupuncture treatment may be helpful for your migraines.

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