Hello - have you considered acupuncture for your headache and migraine
Acupuncture is effective for nearly all types of headache (tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraines and disease-related headaches that might be due to sinus problems, high blood pressure or sleeping disorders). The greatest advantage of acupuncture over Western medicine is that it does virtually no harm. Some medications can have serious side effects and can (in some instances) actually lead to patients experiencing a “rebound” headache.
Traditional Chinese Medicine does not recognize recurring headaches as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual; therefore, your diagnosis and treatment will depend on a number of variables, for example: Is the headache behind your eyes and temples or is it located more on the top of your head? When do your headaches occur (i.e. night, morning, after eating)? Do you find that a cold compress or a dark room can alleviate some of the pain? Do you describe the pain as dull and throbbing, or sharp and piercing?
These questions will help create a clear picture so that a treatment plan can be created specifically for you. The basic foundation for Oriental medicine is that there is a life energy flowing through the body which is named Qi. This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced; Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.
Acupuncture points to treat headaches are located all over the body. During the acupuncture treatment, extremely thin needles can be placed along your legs, arms, shoulders, and perhaps even your toe! Most people relax with the needles in and can even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.
If you would like more information, the British Acupuncture Council
(BAcC) has a full list of all BAcC registered acupuncturists in the UK so you can find one near to you.
Hope this helps
Post Edited (Janey1978) : 2/15/2012 4:08:20 AM (GMT-7)