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Chinese Medicine and Headaches

Acupuncture works to balance the body’s ‘Qi’ or ‘life force.’ As acupuncture becomes increasingly popular, more scientists in the Western world have sought to understand the mechanisms that make the practice so successful. The following is an abbreviated list of their discoveries:

• Acupuncture helps with the release of endorphin compounds in the nervous system. Endorphins work as natural painkillers and help to relieve headache pain.

• Many types of headaches are attributed to low levels of serotonin. Acupuncture has been found to regulate serotonin levels in both the brain and spinal cord.

• Scientists have discovered that low levels of magnesium in the blood are related to migraine headaches. Acupuncture has been proven to increase blood magnesium levels.