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ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE HERBS
Gillian Price MBAcC MRCHM
"Acupuncture may help to relieve tension-type headache by:
- increasing endorphins (Han 2004) and neuropeptide Y levels (Lee 2009), which can help to
combat negative affective states;
- stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins
and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal
cord (Pomeranz, 1987; Zhao 2008; Cheng 2009);
- reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors
(Zijlstra 2003; Kavoussi 2007);
- increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling."
|Headaches / Migraine
"Acupuncture can help in the treatment of migraine by:
- Providing pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture
leads to release of endorphins and other neurochumoral factors and changes the processing
of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Zhao 2008, Zijlstra 2003, Pomeranz, 1987)
- Reducing inflammation – by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors
(Kim 2008, Kavoussi 2007, Zijlstra 2003).
- · Reducing the degree of cortical spreading depression (an electrical wave in the brain
associated with migraine) and plasma levels of calcitonin gene-related peptide and substance
P (both implicated in the pathophysiology of migraine) (Shi 2010).
- Modulating extracranial and intracranial blood flow (Park 2009).
- Affecting serotonin (5-hydroxytriptamine) levels in the brain (Zhong 2007). (Serotonin may be
linked to the initiation of migraines; 5-HT agonists (triptans) are used against acute attacks.)"