There’s a huge range of treatments for migraine today, from a wide variety of disciplines. We have lots of medications and other treatments from “conventional” western medicine; traditional Chinese medicine, such as acupuncture and massage, ayeurvedic medicine, and more.
Do all of these treatments and disciplines work for migraine? Nothing works for everyone, but all of the treatments and disciplines mentioned above work for some migraineurs. My own feeling is that I’ll use _whatever _ works Essentially, that means I believe in integrative medicine. The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine defines integrative medicine this way:
“Integrative medicine (IM) is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.”
Dr. Rob Cowan, Director of the Headache Center at Stanford University, is a big believer in integrative medicine. He was kind enough to give us some information and comments in this video:
_Reviewed by David Watson, MD. _
© Teri Robert, 2015. • Last updated August 4, 2015.
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.