Tired of suffering from migraines? Read this …
By Marieke A. Pieterman
Are you one of those people who suffer from crippling migraines – and everything that comes with it? Nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light and noise and more.
It’s estimated that approximately 13 percent of adults in the US (around 38 million) suffer from migraines. Many people resort to various pharmaceutical drugs that can cause a significant number of unpleasant side effects. Acupuncture is a wonderful alternative, offering relief from migraine pain and with no side effects!
Ever wondered where acupuncturists place the needles for a migraine? Many probably think it’s around your head and neck. But in fact, that’s not the case. In a study by researchers from Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is evidence that shows the additional benefit of placing acupuncture needles away from the head and neck, and on your arms and feet, to bring migraine relief.
This research was specifically interested in studying the effects of acupuncture on the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), which is an important marker of migraines. To induce a migraine in this study, laboratory rats were injected with nitroglycerine. The rats were divided into four groups: 1) a control group that did not receive the injection of nitroglycerine nor any acupuncture; 2) a group that received the injection of nitroglycerine, but no acupuncture; 3) a group that received both the nitroglycerine injection and only local acupuncture points on the head and neck; and 4) a group that received the nitroglycerine injection and both local (head and neck) and distal acupuncture points on the arms and feet.
Results showed the group that received both the local and distal forms of acupuncture produced a significant effect on the down-regulating and up-regulating levels of three biological markers that assist in reducing CGRP and provided relief from migraines. The group that only received local acupuncture also provided relief from the migraines, but resulted in a less dramatic effect on the three biological markers that reduced CGRP.
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Acupuncture Migraine Relief Confirmed In Laboratory Investigation