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Acupuncture is Effective for Migraine

The other day in the clinic, a patient and I were discussing the recent ground-breaking hospital trial media release about how acupuncture is as effective as drugs for relieving pain in people’s lower backs and from sprained ankles and migraines.1And I was telling her that in my 20 years of clinical practice, I’ve always been able to help a migraine sufferer. I realised what a statement that was, but the truth of it struck me. I have never seen a migraine sufferer that I couldn’t help. The latest case being a woman with chronic migraines who now has been migraine-free and drug-free for 3 weeks, a record for her. I got to thinking that if more migraine sufferers knew that Acupuncture was an effective treatment option for them, there would be more happy people in the world, and that’s gotta be a great thing right?


Acupuncture can be effective at reducing migraine symptoms immediately, and also for treating the cause of the migraines in the first place. It is this holistic effect that makes acupuncture wonderfully effective, even more so than drugs in my experience. Migraines often have multiple triggers, whether it be hormonal, fatigue, stress, dietary, sinus, or muscle tension related. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can alleviate these triggers, and the migraine pain, at the same time!

One of the best things about seeing a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine that specialises in Acupuncture, like myself, is that you get the best outcomes. Holistic treatment AND drug-free rapid symptom relief. An experienced practitioner can treat 2-3 problems effectively in the one session, so you get significant value for your spend. Of course, it usually takes more than one session to alleviate the migraines, and their triggers for the long term.

Depending on the individual case, a course of treatment can be as short as 4 sessions to more like 6 if hormones are a problem. The cost of each session can vary from $60 to $120, depending on the clinic. You can click here to see our fees Freedom Chinese Medicine. We also offer low cost/ community acupuncture sessions, click here for more info. Once you’re experiencing less migraines, then you need to maintain the balance. A great Acupuncturist will advise you about how you can best maintain your health and prevent a migraine, in your particular case.

If you’re in the Ivanhoe, Melbourne area, come and see me & my team of excellent practitioners. I’ve helped lots of people over the last 20 years, and I can help you.  I run a private practice in Ivanhoe and am honoured to be the trusted family physician of many. We have friendly receptionists to answer your questions and HICAPS facilities so if you have private health insurance with acupuncture extras, your benefit is claimed on the spot. Click here for more information about our practitioners or simply click here to contact us.

If you are not in the Melbourne area, find a great Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine specialising in Acupuncture near you. Ask your friends and family if they can recommend someone. To find well qualified practitioners, you can do a locality search here: http://www.acupuncture.org.au/Practitioner_Search.aspx. And if you’re worried that acupuncture might be painful, don’t be! A good practitioner can control how much sensation you feel, and it is usually nothing unpleasant! Most of my patients don’t feel the acupuncture needles go in.. new patients often ask “is that it?! That was nothing to worry about at all!” So don’t let the fear stop you. And if you don’t feel comfortable with the Acupuncturist you chose to see, chose another one! Just like finding the right GP for you, it can take some searching to find the perfect fit..

Nothing can replace the help of a great practitioner, while you are waiting to be able to see one, here are some general, natural, drug-free tips for migraine relief:

1. Increase the room temperature slightly

2. Take a break from light and noise

3. Sleep

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7. Inhale Peppermint oil

8. Inhale Woodlock Liniment (contact us for more information or to buy)

9. Take the Chinese Herbal pills Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan (contact us for more information or to buy).

10. Take the Chinese Herbal capsules Headache Relief. (contact us for more information or to buy) (No unpleasant taste and all plant-based herbs)

If the above suggestions don’t help you, don’t despair, you just need more specific treatment and relief. Every migraine sufferer knows how debilitating a migraine can be, how it can be impossible to function, let alone work during a migraine and its recovery phase. Don’t resign yourself to suffering from migraines. Try Acupuncture!

At Freedom Chinese Medicine, we address the symptoms as well as the cause. We can help relieve your migraine quickly, reduce the severity and frequency of your migraines and remedy your triggers.

We understand that migraines can be very unpleasant. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable with the practitioner who is helping you. That is why I’m offering a FREE initial health assessment this month, in which I do a brief assessment of your health (15 mins) and advise a treatment strategy for you. It gives you the opportunity to see if my team and I are the right people to help you. Contact us today to book or enquire on 9486 5966.

Yours in great health,

Dr. Elaine Hickman

B.H.Sc. TCM (Acupuncture), Cert.Cl.Ac (Beijing)

Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine


1.: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/acupuncture-as-good-as-drugs-say-researchers-20140329-35q0v.html#ixzz2yQi5nh3F

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