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3 Ways to Relieve Migraines Naturally

Migraines can be debilitating and sometimes the medications don’t work. In Chinese Medicine, there are several types of migraine, all with different underlying causes and differentiated by symptoms. In a session, it is the practitioner’s job to go through a process of differential diagnosis to determine exactly what is causing your migraines, so that the treatment may be as targeted and effective as possible. Some of the methods we use to treat migraines are..

  1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the primary form of treatment for migraines in Chinese Medicine and has been found to be quite effective (1). It is safe and has less side effects than commonly prescribed medications (1). Your practitioner will determine the most appropriate acupuncture points to use for your case in order to treat the underlying cause, so not everyone’s treatment will look the same. Like all good things, it may take a little time. Several sessions are likely necessary before you start to truly see results, though everybody is different.

  1. Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs are another method that’s quite effective in the treatment of migraines. The herbs we prescribe will also be used to treat the underlying cause, just as the selected acupuncture points are. In fact, Chinese Herbs have been found to significantly reduce the frequency and pain severity of migraines, with longer treatment times resulting in increased effectiveness (2). Having herbs each day is like giving yourself a little treatment and tends to help carry the patient from one acupuncture appointment to the next, so that the underlying cause is being treated daily in one form or another.

  1. Diet and Lifestyle Advice

The correct diet and lifestyle choices are powerful tools for the management of our health and wellbeing. Migraines are no different. Common lifestyle advice for migraines includes ensuring you have enough sleep and rest to replenish and refresh your body and working towards a healthy work/life balance. A term I’m sure we’ve all heard so much at this point that it seems trivial. But the concept of balance in life is highly important. If you do suffer from migraines, have you ever noticed that they tend to become more frequent when you’re under stress and/or spread particularly thin? There’s a reason for that.

Written by

Camille Mucha

Dr Camille Mucha

Acupuncturist & Herbalist

Camille grew up surrounded by natural therapies and even technically received acupuncture while in utero!

Even so, she initially decided to pursue Science – before coming back to her roots and studying Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs.

Camille is a compassionate, caring and intuitive practitioner whose areas of interest include chronic health issues, pain management, migraine management, mental health, stress, anxiety and Women’s health, including fertility.

Camille is available at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne on

Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays 
Call (03) 9486 5966

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References:

1.         Urits I, Patel M, Putz ME, Monteferrante NR, Nguyen D, An D, et al. Acupuncture and Its Role in the Treatment of Migraine Headaches. Neurol Ther. 2020;9(2):375–94.

2.         Lyu S, Zhang CS, Guo X, Zhang AL, Sun J, Chen G, et al. Efficacy and Safety of Oral Chinese Herbal Medicine for Migraine: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses Using Robust Variance Estimation Model. Front Neurol. 2022;13:889336.

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