Often the best discoveries in healing are made by the sufferers themselves. For example, we found that some of the patients who were also affected by migraine reported a significant improvement in their migraine symptoms during the Integrated Eye Therapy according to Noll.
Our treatment concept, which was developed primarily for macular degeneration and glaucoma, seemed to improve the quality of life of those affected even with this so common, chronic disease.
How could the integrated therapy of degenerative eye diseases alleviate acute migraine attacks? How was it possible for a combination of acupuncture, physiotherapy and infusions to significantly reduce the number and intensity of attacks?
Migraine vs. headache
Sufferers report pulsating, throbbing, stabbing pain as well as nausea, sensitivity to noise and light. In fact, migraine is much more than just a headache. Migraine has a wide variety of symptoms.
They range from severe headache attacks in one side of the head or temple, nausea and vomiting, visual disturbances, amnesia and ataxia to epileptic seizures and hemiplegia.
Those affected are often at a loss and find it difficult to classify the various symptoms. These side effects in the form of auras predominantly distinguish migraine from a normal headache.
What exactly is migraine?
The exact causes of migraine attacks are still not fully understood. It is a neurological disease of the blood vessels caused by inflammation. The cause is thought to be neuro-vascular overstimulation.
The so-called triggers, such as stress, certain foods, general physical overload and the body’s inability to metabolise certain nutrients, can trigger a migraine.
The triggers are very individual and can be determined with the help of a precise anamnesis; e.g. with a blood count, Doppler examination and also with a migraine diary.
Treat migraine with medication
Treatment is mostly medication, with triptans, BETA blockers, calcium antagonists and or with the help of neuroleptics. Unfortunately, these drugs are rarely effective in preventing migraine and only treat the symptoms of the patient. Various migraine auras, as described above, can still occur.
Basis of migraine therapy
As in the case of eye acupuncture, we have dealt extensively with the clinical picture of migraine and after long research, as well as various further training courses in our respective disciplines, we have developed a joint concept.
The success of the treatment is also supported by the GERAC study. This also confirms that acupuncture is now one of the most common conservative treatments for people with migraine. (see GERAC-Studien https://www.aerzteblatt.de/archiv/54176/Akupunktur-bei-chronischen-Kopfschmerzen).
Acupuncture and more against migraine
We also apply four elements in the treatment of our eye patients. The medical history, acupuncture, physiotherapy and infusion therapy. This integrated therapy brought the best results.
We also use a similar approach for migraine:
- Anamnesis – detailed preliminary discussion about life situation, previous illnesses, mechanical-orthopaedic examinations, blood count etc.
- A modified form of acupuncture, precisely geared to migraine therapy.
- Special physiotherapy, which releases blockages in the tissues and improves blood circulation to the head.
Infusions that specifically supply missing nutrients in order to counteract inflammation and irritation.
Integrated treatment for migraine
With the proven and extended approach, we achieve satisfactory results with migraine patients. It is easy to understand how our comprehensive concept works: Acupuncture therapy has been shown to regulate inflammation. The body is supported in the production of anti-inflammatory substances (e.g. endorphins).
The supply to the tissue improves, which in turn reduces inflammation. As a result, fewer triggers are activated and thus the risk of vascular wall inflammation, which causes migraine and its auras, decreases.
Physiotherapy can also positively influence inflammation parameters. With appropriate mechanical techniques, blockages can be released or the tissue situation and oxygen supply to the head can be improved. Joint techniques, craniosacral or visceral techniques are used, each adapted to the individual patient.
Another building block – in the truest sense of the word – is the supply of essential nutrients. Through vitamin and mineral infusions, which are needed for the regeneration of the treated structures, we additionally support the body in the reorganisation of the metabolism.
The body is supplied with vital, healthy micronutrients, which in turn is anti-inflammatory and reduces physical stress.
Before migraine patients resign themselves to the fact that their disease is incurable and can only be endured with medication, they should give Integrated Therapy a chance. If they can use it – without any side effects – to prevent or greatly attenuate migraine attacks, that would be a wonderful result.