Woman tells how she beat her migraines with acupuncture after years of pills and restrictive diets

Samantha Fletcher had her first migraine aged 13 and described it as 'terrifying'. Migraines are thought to be caused by temporary changes to the nerves, chemicals, blood vessels in your brain.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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This report presents a 36-year-old female admitted to a tertiary university hospital with a primary complaint of intractable headache, caused by a combination of Medication Overuse Headache (MOH), and headache secondary to aseptic meningitis. During her hospital stay, opioid analgesic doses were initially increased without success in an attempt to control her headache. Despite multiple medication trials the patient’s headache failed to improve. On day ten of her hospitalization, she underwent a thirty-minute acupuncture session which resulted in immediate relief of her headache. She received one more acupuncture trea...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
This study aimed to examine the neurophysiology of acupuncture intervention in an acute migraine rat model. METHODS: Inflammatory soup (IS) or saline was injected into the dura mater to establish a migraine and control model in rats. To explore the neurobiological mechanism of acupuncture for migraine, we implemented electro-acupuncture (EA), non-electric-stimulation acupuncture, and no-acupuncture in IS and saline injected rats, and recorded the single-cell extraneural neurophysiology of the atlas (C1) spinal dorsal horn neurons in the TCC. RESULTS: Our research shows that electro-acupuncture at GB8 (Shuaigu), l...
Source: Brain Research - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Brain Res Source Type: research
Conditions:   Post-Traumatic Headache;   Traumatic Brain Injury Intervention:   Other: Acupuncture Sponsor:   University of Washington Recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
CONCLUSIONS: There is growing evidence that acupuncture is just as effective and has fewer side effects than many of the standard pharmaceutical agents that are currently used. However, the heterogeneity of the existing studies limits the effective comparison and analysis. PMID: 31872864 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Headache - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Headache Source Type: research
In this study, a literature search of seven medical databases was performed. After data extraction and quality evaluation, 13 randomized controlled trials, including 1559 patients, were assessed in this analysis. Results demonstrated that EA was superior to control treatment (Western medicine, sham-EA, blank control, acupuncture, and acupoint catgut embedding) according to the visual analog scale (VAS) score, frequency of headache attack (Western medicine, sham-EA, blank control), self-rating anxiety scale (SAS [blank control]), self-rating depression score (SDS [Western medicine and blank control]), and clinical efficienc...
Source: The American Journal of Chinese Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Am J Chin Med Source Type: research
Conclusions: We found that acupuncture on treating migraine has the advantage for pain improvement and safety, but the quality of SR/MAs of acupuncture for migraine remains to be improved. PMID: 31781318 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Pain Research and Management - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Pain Res Manag Source Type: research
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