While many of us have been struck with mild or even severe headache pain, a large percentage of people, more than 30 million, experience the debilitating symptoms of migraine headaches. However, 50 percent of migraine sufferers remain undiagnosed. Common symptoms that accompany migraine headaches include throbbing pain, increased sensitivity to light and noise, even nausea, and the pain threshold accompanied with migraines have led to their classification as a disability. Many triggers have been associated with migraines, and these triggers can be dietary, physical or environmental in nature. These triggers include caffeine, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, monosodium glucanate (MSG), abnormal sleep patterns, fatigue, stress, flickering and flashing lights, and odors and pollutants. Due to the multifaceted nature of this disease, many suffers have looked to more nonconventional treatments and have combined western medicine with eastern treatments to relief their symptoms.
One such approach millions have turned to is acupuncture. While acupuncture has been a part of eastern medicine for the past 3,000 years, it hasn’t been until recent decades that the technique has grown in popularity within western countries. Using needles finer than a single piece of hair, trained care givers, like those with the Colorado Springs Acupuncture Clinic, methodical and precisely place these needles at key points, or channels, along the human body. According to eastern philosophies, these channels govern the flow of healing energy across the body, and pain is a result of a blocking in the flow of this energy. The acupuncture needles open these blockades and the healing energy and flow freely again. In this way, acupuncture can regenerate tissues, reduce or relieve pain, and strengthen the immune system.
The differences in eastern and western medicine have led many western physicians to discredit the positive benefits of acupuncture, as there is no causal or reducing aspect to acupuncture that would lead to a logical explanation of the effectiveness of the treatment. However, recent studies in western journals have reported the release of endorphins, serotonin and cortisol, neurotransmitters involved in stress, general mood and immune strength. With these recent findings, many care givers have found a link able to bridge the gap between the differing philosophies of eastern and western medicine.
Regardless of its modus of action, acupuncture has given results to many patients suffering from migraines, upper and lower back pain, foot pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, knee pain, foot pain, hip pain and even Rheumatoid arthritis, and many patients have reported results in as little as 3-5 treatments. While it may be a few more years before alternative medicines are the norm in popular culture, the incorporation of acupuncture with traditional medicines may make Academy Acupuncture, the leading Colorado Springs Acupuncture Clinic for the future of western medicine.