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Acupuncture Shows Promise in Migraine Treatment, Study Says

A new study shows that acupuncture may be a drug-free way to help relieve migraines, or at the very least, the frequency of them, CNN Health reports. This adds to a growing body of evidence that this debilitating condition can be controlled through diet and other non-medical interventions.

Migraines affect approximately 38 million people in the U.S. and 1 billion people worldwide each year — and they aren’t just very bad headaches. Rather, they are a neurological disorder, characterized by recurring headaches and considered to be the most common disorder of the nervous system.

They are more common in women than men because of hormonal influences, and are characterized by recurring attacks of moderate to severe intensity, many times occurring only on one side of your head. Other symptoms that may accompany a migraine headache include nausea, visual disturbances, dizziness, numbness in your extremities or face, and extreme sensitivity to light, sound, smell and touch.

There is also evidence that migraines are linked to your oral microbiome. Recent research found those who suffer from migraines have a different variety oral bacteria than those who don’t, breaking down more nitrates and increasing production of nitric oxide.

Strategies to prevent migraines and reduce pain include reducing foods high in nitrates, essential oil application to your head, increasing intake of foods high in magnesium and CoQ10. Foods rich in magnesium include dark leafy greens, wild Alaskan salmon, bananas, raw nuts and seeds, yogurt and avocadoes.

Grass-fed beef, pastured chicken, sesame seeds, cauliflower, herring, rainbow trout and broccoli are rich in CoQ10.
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