Pain is a message from the body to the consciousness/mind that there is something wrong. Pain meds simply stop the brain's ability to interpret the messages. The pain is still present along with the underlying causes, you just can not feel it. I have found in my practice that even with strong prescription pain meds, the pain of migraines remains, just as you say they are not working.
Acupuncture applied by a competent and well trained acupuncturist (not a western medicine practitioner with a weekend seminar in acupuncture) is very effective in eliminating or at least drastically diminishing occurrences of migraines. Included with this result is an overall higher functioning physical, mental and emotional body in general. A feeling of well-being, increased immune function, reduced symptoms of stress, better sleep, digestion and mental function are "side effects" of regular acupuncture treatment.
Choose an acupuncturist who has a Master's degree in Chinese medicine and has been certified by the national board exams for Oriental medicine (NCCAOM diplomate). In addition, I strongly suggest finding an acupuncturist who employs Dr.Tan's Balance Method as this method is highly effective in immediately stopping pain of a migraine while working on readjusting the body function to prevent further attacks.
You are very wise to want to stop prescription meds, but do not do that without professional help from a well trained and experienced accredited acupuncturist.
Bottom line: absolutely seek help from acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I can assure you, you will benefit greatly.
Thank you for your question.
Health & Happiness,
Mari Mengarelli DOM LAc
According to Chinese medicine precepts, there are many different underlying causes for headaches, and these are addressed during acupuncture treatment. Most important is instantaneous relief of HA pain when I employ Dr. Tan's balance method of acupuncture.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is an excellent way to rebalance and heal the body, mind and spirit, as all are treated during an acupuncture treatment.
Find a well trained acupuncturist, one with a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine and begin your healing journey soon. I know you will be well pleased.
Thank you for your interest. Mari
If my Chinese medicine diagnosis for the underlying causes provides that Chinese herbs would facilitate the healing, I may prescribe herbs along with acupuncture treatment. I have specific formulas for cholesterol regulation.
I have successfully treated many such cases in the 14 years I have been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Thanks for your interest. Mari
Thank you for your interest, Mari
Food therapy, using foods as medicine, according the Chinese medicine protocols is another treatment one well trained in the full spectrum of Chinese medicine would employ in a situation such as anemia.
I am confident that I would be able to help your mother as I have done so successfully in other cases over the last 14 years of my practice.
Thank you for the interest. Mari
Mari Mengarelli, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist
Acupuncture increases energy and blood flow throughout the body and acupuncture point placement focuses the treatment on individual organ systems. Emotions and stress response are soothed and equalized, allowing the brain to get out of "fight-or-flight/stress" mode and remain in "normal function/relaxation" mode. When stressed or emotionally tight, the body is not able to perform optimally. Acupuncture eliminates imbalances and increases normal function. Acupuncture also stimulates and balances the endocrine/hormonal system.
When there are imbalances within the physical or emotional bodies, energy and therefore information transmission between cells, tissues organs is lacking, causing dysfunction. Acupuncture moves and strengthens energy and therefore the flow of vital information within the body for maximum health.
There are many different underlying issues that may cause fertility problems, and once a Chinese medicine diagnosis is made identifying the root problems, treatment is begun. The normal length of time necessary for treatment depends on the diagnosis. With fertility issues, 4 months of treatment is usual.
Acupuncture will be the main treatment modality. I may also employ Chinese herbs, food therapy (using foods as medicine), acupressure and reflexology TaiJi and Qigong exercises. I hold a Masters in Oriental Medicine and have studied extensively over the years with Dr. Richard Tan, a master acupuncturist and instructor.
Please feel free to call me at 540-309-4105 for more information or stop in my office to say hello. Whatever your sister decides, acupuncture and Chinese medicine should be at the top of her list of things to do to ultimately become pregnant, have a healthy pregnancy and experience a normal delivery. Chinese medicine has been treating women's health issues successfully for thousands of years.
Health & Happiness,
Mari Mengarelli DOM LAc