Migraines can be very different from one person to another, but whether they are hormonal, stress-related or have no obvious trigger, acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional therapy are very likely to make a big improvement.
Conventional western medicine can alleviate some symptoms for some people, but for many the side-effects are as bad as or worse than the migraine itself so many people turn to acupuncture to help. Sadly, it is often as a last resort, but in my experience everyone I have treated for migraine, cluster headaches or standard headaches has said that they wish they had come sooner or known about acupuncture before.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine and 5-element acupuncture we look at the body in a totally different way to how it is seen in the West and treatments are tailored to the individual. While there are certain acupuncture points that will commonly be used, the point prescription will vary because we believe that each person has a root ‘weakness’ in their constitution that will give a tendency towards certain ailments. If we can get to the root cause of your health problems, then the body has a way of righting itself.
The acupuncture treatment itself is very relaxing. The initial consultation should be done at a time when you do not have the pain as it takes a good 90-minutes to do a thorough consultation and the first treatment. If you are in pain when you arrive in clinic, then that will be treated as a priority, but you would be advised to come back for the thorough consultation so that an accurate diagnosis can be made for you personally and a treatment strategy can be put together with the goal of alleviating your migraines altogether, or at the very least of reducing the pain and the frequency. It also gives you an option for those times when you feel a migraine coming on and you can book in for an appointment at the early stages before it develops.
In Chinese Medicine, nutrition is at the heart of all healthcare and as Simone is not only a fully qualified and experienced acupuncturist, but she is also a practitioner of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese dietary therapy and western nutritional therapy, so your treatment will also include dietary advice and recommendations for you to follow at home.
It is hard to say how many treatments would be necessary as everyone responds differently, but you should start to notice an improvement right from your very first treatment.
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