Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are options to explore for those who have vascular or migraine type headaches, which are often difficult to treat with pharmaceutical drugs. In fact, prevention is better than treatment for most migraine and vascular headache, as there may be some cumulative harmful effects from having frequent and severe headaches.
For more than 2500 years, generations of patients and physicians have depended on acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine to treat all varieties of painful conditions, including vascular, cluster, and migraine headache.
Over the past thirty years in the United States, acupuncture has become a well accepted option for many chronic pain syndromes and difficult to treat disorders. Headaches are not only one of the most common pain syndromes, but they are often difficult to treat using drugs alone. In addition, increasing evidence suggests that the risks of long term drug treatment may be underestimated by both physicians and patients.
Low risk alternatives, such as acupuncture, can reasonably be part of the initial program of treatment, after appropriate Oriental evaluation and diagnosis. Dietary therapy or plant based formulations are also a mainstay of treatment for chronic imbalances which can lead to the symptom of vascular headache. Patterns of headache that are predictable, such as premenstrual or altered sleep patterns, are particularly useful to the physician trained in Oriental medicine.
Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland for more than 27 years. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.