Acupuncture for Headaches, Acupuncture for Migraines

Acupuncture for Headaches, Acupuncture for Migraines

Headaches and especially migraines can be absolutely debilitating. Probably more than any other non-disease related symptom, this issue affects people’s lives most severely. For that reason, this is another complex health issue that I love to treat, as acupuncture for headaches and migraines is extremely effective.  Seeing people free of not only their symptoms, but of their strong medicines, is truly wonderful.

Acupuncture alone, if someone is able to come in right when they have a headache or migraine, can typically relieve it if not completely, then dramatically, during the actual treatment. However, after that we need to work on prevention. It’s great to get a headache or migraine to go away, but what a patient really wants is to be relieved of the imbalance that is causing them.  That is where acupuncture excels.

Each person has the symptoms for a unique reason, and we call that reason an “imbalance”. Through a thorough diagnostic intake, during which I ask many detailed questions about the rest of the body, I’m able to hone it down to a diagnosis that not only explains the migraines, but any other symptoms a person is having as well. From there, we start treatment with acupuncture.  Depending on the frequency and severity of course, it will take some time to completely rid a person of migraines. But it is not uncommon for medications to at least be able to be dramatically reduced, within the first few weeks.  Typically, after a few months of acupuncture even the most severe patient is mostly symptom free, and then we just back down to maintenance treatment mode.

Chinese herbs for headaches and migraines

Some types of headaches and migraines lend themselves well to treatment with acupuncture alone, and often, that can be successful. However, depending on the imbalance that is causing the symptoms, other types will do best if treatment is combined with herbs. Indeed, one specific type in particular is very difficult to treat if Chinese herbs are not brought into the mix.  Either way, I almost always like to include herbs in treatment if a patient is open to it, as treatment is generally faster and more successful. At the first visit, I always go over the diagnosis, and explain the “type” of headache or migraine it is, (i.e. related to which underlying imbalances) and from there we come up with a treatment plan and discuss the value of herbal treatment.

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To see more info re: a study showing acupuncture for migraines and headaches more effective than a common migraine medication, click here: acupuncture for migraines more effective than medication