There is now clinical research to show that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for migraine. A report produced by the Acupuncture Resource Centre looks at the evidence for use of acupuncture in treating migraine. The report concludes that it can give a significant therapeutic effect on symptoms such as pain and frequency in migraine attacks.
“Acupuncture has been used for many years in the treatment of migraine, both in China and in the West,” explains Gabriella Kispal, experienced acupuncturist and clinical director of Chichester Natural Health Centre. “The benefits are now being recognised by both public and professionals.”
Gabriella, a member of the British Acupuncture Council, has treated many people who suffer from migraine.
“Some have said that their migraine attacks have stopped completely. More usually, there is a lessening of symptoms and a reduction in the frequency and intensity of the attacks. Acupuncture can also ease the severity of a migraine while it is actually happening, and sometimes even stop it.”
Migraines affect more than one in ten people in the UK
An estimated 60 percent of sufferers lose time from work due to migraines. Medication is not always effective and can give rise to unpleasant side-effects, so many people are looking for a natural treatment for this complex condition.
“There are over 20 different diagnoses in acupuncture for what is normally called migraine,” says Gabriella. “We look at each person individually, not just the disease, and each migraine sufferer receives a completely different treatment. The number of treatments required depends on the severity of the attacks and how long the person has suffered with migraine.”
An acupuncture treatment begins with a thorough consultation to find out the many factors that may be causing problems. This enables Gabriella to give the most beneficial treatment. The current price for an initial consultation and treatment is £65.00 and follow-up acupuncture appointments are £45.00.
“Fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. Most people find it a very relaxing experience. The needles are not painful. They give rise to a tingling sensation or a dull ache. Occasionally, the firsts acupuncture appointment can bring on a migraine which is unfortunate. However, this is quite rare and doesn’t stop the effectiveness of the treatment. People find that as well as easing the symptoms, acupuncture can restore positive health and well-being.”
If you’d like to know more about how acupuncture can help you or a member of your family, Gabriella offers a free assessment to explain more about the treatment and answer any questions.*
If you are interested in booking in, there is always a warm welcome for you at Chichester Natural Health Centre. So why not call in or telephone to find out more. Our reception is covered six days a week. We’d love to hear from you.
*Gabriella gives her time to offer you a free assessment, this time could be used to see a patient who desperately needs treatment. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice may be charged at the full rate.