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What are Migraines?

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Migraines are common neurological conditions characterized by recurring episodes of head pain. While headaches can vary in intensity and duration, migraines are often more severe and accompanied by additional symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances. The exact causes of migraines are not fully understood, but they can be triggered by various factors including stress, hormonal changes, certain foods or drinks, environmental stimuli, and underlying health conditions.

SYMPTOMS of Migraines

If you suffer from migraines, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dull, aching pain or pressure in the head
  • Tension or tightness in the scalp, forehead, or neck
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite
  • Digestive issues, such as nausea, vomiting, or bloating.
  • Visual disturbances, such as seeing flashes of light or blind spots
  • Tingling or numbness in the face or extremities
  • Fatigue, dizziness, or difficulty concentrating
  • Tension or tightness in the neck and shoulders


Acupuncture can be an effective therapeutic option for managing migraines and promoting overall well-being. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to alleviate pain, reduce the frequency and intensity of episodes, and enhance overall relaxation. Benefits of acupuncture for headaches and migraines include:

Acupuncture has been shown to provide relief from migraine pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body.

Regular acupuncture sessions can help decrease the frequency and intensity of migraines, providing better control over symptoms and improving quality of life.

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and tension that can contribute to migraines.

Acupuncture can enhance blood flow to the head and neck area, promoting oxygen and nutrient delivery and reducing muscle tension.