Can Acupuncture help migraine sufferers?

Anyone that regularly suffers from migraines knows how debilitating it is and more importantly how you would do anything to subside the pain. Therefore, as a result of typical Western pain medication such as paracetamol and ibuprofen having little to no effect on severe migraines, many people have turned to Acupuncture.

Acupuncture For Migraine Relief

As with any medical treatment, there are studies that oppose and support the effect of Acupuncture but over the past decade, there has been an increase in research evidencing the relief it has provided sufferers of chronic migraines.

This is also further substantiated by The World Health Organisation who have in fact endorsed acupuncture as a viable and promising treatment for pain relief since the late 1970’s.

So, how exactly does Acupuncture subside migraine pain?

Acupuncture theory is based on the idea that the body is comprised of energy or ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chi’) that is in a continuous flow. If there is a blockage in your body this flow of Qi is stopped causing pain or illness to the correspondent area of the body.

Acupuncture seeks to help restore this flow of energy by targeting and stimulating specific points on the body with hair-thin needles.

In terms of the pain relief aspect, because the Acu-points are usually located close to nerves, when stimulated they will release hormones such as endorphins into the body. In turn, this is what will help relieve any chronic migraine pain and promote relief and relaxation in the brain.

Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture comes with very little side effects when carried out by a licensed and trained practitioner.

With that in mind, it is extremely important to research your acupuncturist before booking your first appointment. One of the best ways to do this is to visit their website and look for customer testimonials, particularly for the reason you are seeking out the treatment. This should give you a clear and honest idea of how the acupuncturist works and how effective the treatment is.

When you do arrive at your appointment don’t be afraid to ask questions and watch to see the way in which the practitioner stores and uses the needles. One of the biggest health risks in any medical field is the use of equipment that is not sterile as it poses a serious health risk. At Acupuncture That Works all our needles are single use and are safely disposed of by a licensed Waste Contractor.

Whilst acupuncture is a safer alternative to traditional medication with little to no side effects, it ultimately cannot wholly take the place of being treated with medication.

Often Acupuncture works best when coupled with medication as it can help subdue any unpleasant side effects of the treatment.

Some headaches and migraines will require more immediate medical attention and it is important that you seek out this help instead of waiting to receive acupuncture.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as being light-headed, dizziness or nausea, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible as sometimes there can be more severe underlying issues such as allergic reactions, blood clots or blood pressure spikes.


If you would like to find out more about how acupuncture could help with your migraines please call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.

Acupuncture for migraines

Modern day life is becoming increasingly stressful for the average person and with this stress comes an increase in health problems, with one of the most prevalent ailments being migraines. Often headaches and migraines are grouped together but where headaches are mild in pain and don’t typically last for prolonged amounts of time, migraines are typically much more severe and can last from 4 to 72 hours. This condition can have a severe effect on individuals but recent studies are showing that acupuncture may provide lasting relief from migraines.

Acupuncture Could HelpThe study was published in the British Medical Journal in early 2015 and detailed how 401 individuals who regularly suffered with chronic headaches/migraines were split into two treatment groups. One group was able to receive up to 12 acupuncture sessions over a 3 month period whilst also receiving standard medical care. The second group however just received standard medical care.

The results showed that those who received acupuncture experienced on average, 22 fewer days with headaches, were using 15% less standard medication, took 15% less days off work and went to the doctor 25% less than the group who received only standard medication. Overall the research showed evidence to suggest to in comparison to standard medical care, acupuncture is able to provide a much more beneficial effect in preventing migraines and headaches and improving general quality of life.

This study has been the first large scale assessment to examine how effective acupuncture is for real life ailments and illnesses. Researchers have suggested that the results of this study are indicators that health insurance should now begin to expand their coverage of acupuncture to treat chronic migraines and headaches. An accompanying study also recently published has also provided evidence to suggest to acupuncture is a cost effective method of treating migraines and headaches in comparison to other treatments which are currently covered on the NHS.

If you are struggling with persistent headaches or migraine why not see if we can help? Call us now on 0800 051 76 88 and arrange an appointment with one of our professional team.

Acupuncture outperforms migraine drug

In a brand new study published in March 2013 a team of clinicians have demonstrated, through a controlled study, that acupuncture is able to outperform the drug valproic acid, in reducing the intensity of the pain associated with migraine headaches.

Acupuncture for Headaches
Acupuncture for Headaches

The study is published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine and outlines how, over six months, acupuncture was able to outperform the drug. Over a three month timescale the difference between the two protocols was minimal but over a longer period acupuncture came out as a clear winner.

Acupuncture has been widely recognised as an aid for headaches and migraines and the British Acupuncture Council shows strong supporting evidence for using acupuncture to treat both headaches and migraines.

If you are suffering then acupuncture could be the answer. Call us today to find out how acupuncture could work on 0800 051 76 88.