Migraine is ranked globally as the seventh most disabling disease and the leading cause of disability among all neurological disorders.
For the month of June, Acupuncture.Buzz is bringing attention to National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, now a federally-recognized health observance. With doctors constantly looking for natural alternatives to painkillers, patients worldwide already turn to acupuncture and Chinese medicine for safe, effective and lasting relief.
This month’s articles administer a healthy dose of Chinese medicine for migraines and headaches:
- Relieve Headaches and Migraines – for Good! – with Acupuncture goes in-depth on how treating the root is just as important as making the pain go away;
- Manhattan acupuncturist, Dr. Daniel Hsu helps us understand Migraines, Stress and the Role of the ANS, explaining the delicate nature of treating migraines, and why he avoids points on the head;
- For moms-to-be, pregnancy comes with a host of bodily changes, including migraines. Kate Downes makes a case for acupuncture as a safe and Natural Choice for Migraine-Free Pregnancy and,
- Dr. Michael Tierra unravels the research behind the herb Kudzu and its effect on cluster headaches, comparing prior studies on psilocybin, LSD and Lysergic Acid Amide, for good measure.
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies severe migraine attacks as a significant disabling condition – comparable to dementia, psychosis, or quadriplegia.
Here are some resources on disability:
- American Migraine Foundation: offers a guide on filing for medical disability, and covers short-term, long-term and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). Additional patient guides include meal planning, caring for a child with migraine and more.
- Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients (CHAMP): offers resources and tips for engaging with insurance companies, and resources for disability along with advocacy and research.
Many organizations offer support and education for those suffering from headaches and migraines.
Here are just a few:
- Clusterbusters: a non-profit helping people find relief from cluster headache through research, education, advocacy and support.
- National Headache Foundation: provides an extensive resource library that includes headache tools, webinars, podcasts and more.
- The Daily Migraine: a community of 250,000 connecting through social media, blog and forums.
- Cluster Headache Support Group: offers support, education, research and advocacy.