Foray into the world of acupuncture-part 3 of migraine update

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It’s been a long ten months battling this migraine issue. The last medicine I was put on by my neurologist was for blood pressure, although I have low blood pressure. It didn’t offer any side effects or any benefits. I am trying a new medicine now on a 6 day trial. But in the meantime, I decided to go a homeopathic route and do something I’ve never done: Acupuncture.

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The Mayo Clinic describes acupuncture as the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow.

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So my first consultation/procedure is two hours. One hour the acupuncturist will take down all my medical history and information, the second hour, he will actually do the first procedure. Yikes! I don’t dread getting shots but I don’t like it either. Who does? I know the needles are tiny and thin too. I asked my neurologist about doing this and she said a lot of research shows it can be effective, some say its good effects are actually just a placebo effect (like getting better while unknowingly taking sugar pills (the “placebo”), because you believe they are making you better), however even is there is a placebo effect and I feel better, she said, “Who cares! Better is better”. I like her. She’s a smart neurologist and sensible.

It’s not cheap and I will submit it to insurance but am not sure if there will be any coverage. The first visit is $125 and follow ups are $75. If it gets me better, I’d rather spend my money on acupuncture than medicine. If I don’t have results from it, I will probably try a chiropractor next. Love, HauteAngel

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