Migraines Specialist

Migraines aren’t just bad headaches; they can be downright debilitating. Over-the-counter and prescription medications don’t always work, but these treatments aren’t your only options to resolve symptoms and attacks. Norterra Family Medicine offers natural remedies to treat migraines. Dr. Sarna offers Acupuncture at their Paradise Wellness office in the suite next door. If you live in the Phoenix area, consult Dr. Kristine Sarna and Dr. Rebecca Weiss to resolve your pain and improve your quality of life. Call the office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment.

Migraines Q&A

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What are migraines?

Migraines are painful, disabling headaches that usually affect only one side, but they can be felt on both sides. The pain may be described as pulsing or throbbing and is often accompanied by such side effects as vomiting and sensitivity to light. Auras, flashes of light, or vision changes sometimes accompany the head pain. You may also experience imbalance, numbness, and vertigo.

The symptoms can last from a few hours to a few days.

What causes migraines?

Researchers aren’t sure what causes migraines but believe that environmental and genetic factors play a role. Hormonal changes, triggers that lead to a change in brain chemicals, and changes in the brainstem are possible reasons you suffer.

Why choose a natural remedy for migraines?

Natural remedies for migraines can be as effective, if not more effective, than modern medications. You might try the natural route because:

  • Prescription drugs haven’t worked for your migraines
  • You find prescription drugs too expensive
  • You want to avoid potentially negative side effects associated with prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • Certain migraine medications negatively interact with other treatments you’re undergoing

How does acupuncture help with migraines?

Acupuncture uses very fine needles to stimulate specific energy points, balancing your energy and relieving your pain.

Research shows that acupuncture offers lasting relief from recurrent migraines, specifically a reduction in:

  • Frequency
  • Intensity
  • Migraine days experienced each month

Does acupuncture hurt?

Most people enjoy a relaxing acupuncture session. The needles are so fine, they really are imperceptible when administered. However, you might feel a slight tingling or subtle ache at the points in the skin, called meridians, where they’re placed.

What other natural treatments can help with migraines?

Dr. Sarna and Dr. Weiss can help you make lifestyle changes to bring relief from migraines. These include:

  • Avoiding alcohol and caffeine
  • Identifying and avoiding triggers, such as pollution and certain foods
  • Getting adequate sleep
  • Avoiding stress and extreme fatigue

Norterra Family Medicine also offers specific vitamins, minerals, and herbs, along with other natural supplements that can augment natural migraine treatments to improve your condition. Specific dietary changes, such as eliminating gluten and refined sugars, may also relieve migraine frequency and intensity.


We participate with most major insurance carriers, however, some specific policies under that carrier may be under a network that we are not contracted with. The best way to ensure we are an in-network provider is to call the customer service line listed on the back of your insurance card to verify that either Dr. Kristine Sarna or Dr. Rebecca Weiss is listed as an in-network provider for your specific insurance policy. We recommend that all patients verify this very important information before you schedule your appointment to prevent any unexpected amount due for your office visit.

If you have any questions about this or anything about our practice, we will be happy to help you in any way we can. Just give us a call at 623-565-5060. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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