Anyone suffering from migraine on a regular or semi-regular basis knows just how exhausting and disabling this condition can be. Not only do you have to put up with severe, throbbing headaches, often aggravated by movement, but in many cases there is nausea, photophobia, visual auras and great difficulty in concentrating. Many migraine sufferers have no choice but to get to bed and ride it out.
If you are one of these people, then Chinese Medicine (CM) might be just what you are looking for. CM has an elaborate system of diagnostic analysis that adapts to the specific symptoms and body signs that any individual presents. The full range of Chinese Medicine skills including acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine offer a reputable treatment option for the management of migraine.
Damian Carey, our Doctor of Chinese Medicine, has decades of experience treating patients with migraines.
Migraine Prophylaxis: Level One - Evidence of Positive Effect This level of evidence demonstrates consistent, statistically significant, positive effect.
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