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    Random thoughts, some science, and the latest research.

    Either way it is painfully miserable!

    How many of us have suffered migraines I wonder. My wife gets lots whereas I have had two in my entire life. I’ll bet you know people who ‘take’ migraines. What struck me as a ‘prescriber’ was how individual folk were in their response to the pharmaceutical intervention. It really did seem to be trial and error. Often more of the latter. I became more of an architect of choice for my patients – including a non-pharmaceutical approach with strong encouragement to deal with causes and triggers. There was even a more ‘modern’ cause noted.

    Eyestrain combined with bad posture causes Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), a condition that emerged in the late 20th century. Symptoms of CVS include tired, blurry and dry eyes, painful shoulders, stiff neck and headaches. CVS also creates mental stress, which can easily transform into a migraine episode.

    The study below is very interesting and reflects the Chinese influence and approach to migraine management. It compares True Acupuncture against Sham Acupuncture and a Waiting List approach.

    True Acupuncture was more effective and long lasting than the other two parts of the study – a randomised Control Trial. Any reduction in frequency and severity of migraine with no adverse effects is surely welcome news for sufferers. However, taking time out for the 30 minute treatments and having to pay for it is the price.

    1.The Long-term Effect of Acupuncture for Migraine Prophylaxis A Randomized Clinical Trial
    JAMA Intern Med. Published online February 20, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.9378
    Zhao L, Chen J, Li Y, Sun X, Chang X, Zheng H, Gong B, Huang Y, Yang M, Wu X, Li X, Liang F.

    2.The Long-term Effect of Acupuncture for Migraine ProphylaxisA Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. Published online February 20, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.9378