A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache that resembles a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Unfortunately, this is a common health problem for many men and women, with some individuals suffering from migraines up to several times in one week. Similarly, many people suffer from tension headaches. Tension headaches will cause an unpleasant ache across both sides of the head as well as an uncomfortable feeling of pressure behind the eyes. Although tension headaches won’t usually be severe enough to prevent the individual from carrying out their everyday lives, some cases may be more severe with headaches lasting for days at a time and reoccurring frequently.
Initially, many people self-medicate using painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. These can provide short term relief, however long-term use of these medications can make it harder for the individual to feel the relief. Currently there is no cure for migraines or tension headaches and many treatments available are limited to easing symptoms.
NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) have recognised acupuncture as an effective treatment of both migraines and headaches and recommend for those suffering to consider a course of up to 10 sessions over 5-8 weeks. There is now also evidence that acupuncture provides additional benefit to those suffering from migraine attacks with evidence also showing that acupuncture is as effective as or more effective than prophylactic drug treatment with few adverse effects.
In addition, recent research has strengthened the link between tension headaches and acupuncture. Acupuncture for tension headaches is considered a valuable non-pharmacological tool for patients with frequent or chronic headaches.
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