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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Can Plastic Surgery Help Migraines?

Written by Tena Moore

Plastic Surgery is growing in popularity. In fact, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports that Americans got over 11.5 million cosmetic procedures (surgical and nonsurgical) during 2007. Wouldn’t it be nice if something that helped improve self esteem could also help improve or erase a painful health issue such as migraines? Plastic surgeons are reporting that it can, and a study led by Bahman Guyuron, MD, of Western Reserve University, has shown their reports are true.

The study involved 75 patients, with 49 having plastic surgery and 26 receiving a sham surgery. The participants weren’t told whether they were receiving sham or true surgery. The real surgery involved cutting nerves that relaxed crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes, and lifting the forehead to ease frown lines across the forehead.

While the surgery helped to reduce wrinkles, it also helped reduce and eliminate migraines. One year after the study 57 percent of the patients who received the real surgery reported migraine elimination; only 4 percent of the sham group reported elimination. Eight-three percent of the real surgery group also reported a 50 percent decrease in migraines; only 57 percent of the sham group reported a 50 percent reduction.

Many doctors are already using Botox to help migraines with much success, even though the procedure is not approved for migraine treatment. Perhaps studies like these will help Botox and surgical procedures gain approval. Many doctors are reporting a 70 percent response rate, and many patients are quite enthusiastic about the results.





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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Headache Study Shows Acupuncture May Help

Written by Tena Moore


When you have a headache you probably reach for your bottle of aspirin, most people do. This may change with time, because studies are showing that acupuncture is better for headaches. One particular study was done by researchers from Duke University and involved 4,000 adults that suffered with some form of headache: tension, chronic, and/or migraine headaches. The study found that 45 percent of the patients that took medications found relief, whereas over 60 percent of the patients receiving acupuncture without medication found relief. Also, only 45 percent of those who received ‘fake’ acupuncture improved. This involved putting needles into the wrong areas and not actual meridian points.

There are some things to think about here. The first thing to consider is that over-the-counter medications are inexpensive. It is quicker and cheaper to pop an aspirin; in just a few moments you can have relief. While this is true, some are starting to consider the fact that acupuncture is relaxing and completely natural, with no side effects. Those who care about holistic health and not taking medications are more prone to get acupuncture.

Another thing to consider is that acupuncture can help with many ailments from headache, pain, asthma, allergies, fertility, quitting smoking and a variety of other conditions. One reason to turn to acupuncture for headache is because it can help with ‘whole body healing’, not just one condition.



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