Migraines Specialist

Lisa Meyerson, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist & Women's Health located in Cook & Lake County, Chicago, IL

Nearly every one in four households in the United States has a member that suffers from migraines. If you are one of the 18% of the American population dealing with the excruciating pain of chronic migraines, reach out to Lisa Meyerson, L.Ac., at her practice in Evanston, Illinois, serving patients throughout Cook and Lake Counties. Lisa delivers lasting migraine relief through holistic and traditional Chinese medicine treatments. For treatment supported by the ancients, schedule an appointment with Lisa online or over the phone today.

Migraines Q & A

What are migraines?

Migraines, also known as migraine headaches, stem from a neurological condition that causes symptoms like severe pain and visual disturbances. More than 36 million Americans suffer from migraines.

Migraine symptoms range widely from person to person and occur in phases. For a day or more before a migraine hits, you may feel dizzy, tired, or irritable. During a migraine, symptoms can occur on one or both sides of the body. 

Common active migraine symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Severe pain that throbs or pulses
  • Visual disturbances or vision loss
  • Visual aura (patterned, zig-zag, or flashing lights)

After your migraine subsides, you can still have trouble concentrating and feel tired or generally unwell for an additional one to two days.

What causes migraines?

Migraines don’t have an exact known cause, but researchers understand that they are influenced by genetic and environmental factors. 

For example, migraines are typically hereditary. Also, women are three times more likely to suffer from them than men. 

Often, migraines result from triggers that sufferers can identify over time. Examples of common migraine triggers include:

  • Alcohol 
  • Caffeine 
  • Certain foods 
  • Hunger and skipping meals
  • Stress
  • Exercise 
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Exhaustion
  • Inadequate or interrupted sleep

Some people also report that weather changes, shifts in barometric pressure, or altitude changes can trigger their migraines.

How can you treat migraines holistically?

In conjunction with your current treatment regimen, or alone, Lisa can treat migraines using holistic treatments including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

Acupuncture

According to ancient Chinese beliefs, acupuncture helps your body overcome headaches by unblocking energy flows and fixing energy imbalances. 

Modern scientists believe that acupuncture works for migraines because it prompts your body to release natural pain-blocking chemicals like endorphins. 

They also believe that acupuncture may instruct your brain to send different hormones and chemicals between cells, like those that make up the immune system.

Regardless of how you choose to view it, studies prove that acupuncture can provide you with lasting relief from your chronic migraine pain.

Chinese herbal medicine

For thousands of years, Chinese practitioners, and now Western practitioners as well, have used herbal therapy to effectively heal pain and illnesses. 

According to traditional Chinese medicine, headaches often manifest when the energy of the yin and yang are imbalanced. To restore that balance, practitioners apply herbs that reestablish that balance. 

Modern scientists describe Chinese herbal medicine as something that alters abnormal neural pathway activity in the brain and normalizes it.

Migraines can keep you from living your life. Empower yourself and discover what’s possible by reaching to Lisa at her practice about alternative and holistic migraine treatment. To start your journey, call or use the online booking tool today.