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Acupuncture for Migraines and Headaches

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Have you ever been layed up in bed, with the pillow over your head, wishing the room would stop spinning and the pain would just stop?

Migraines and headaches can be life altering for those who suffer from them. Not only is there debilitating pain, but other effects are also common. These include: sleep problems, irritability, disturbed concentration, sensitivity to light, nausea and/or vomiting and fatigue. It is really difficult to enjoy work or family functions when you are suffering from a migraine or severe headache. In fact, you just may not want to get out of bed and face the day!

Common triggers for migraines and headaches include:

  • tension/stress
  • sinus congestion/allergies
  • hormones/menstrual irregularities
  • food sensitivities
  • dehydration

Conventional treatments include over the counter pain relievers and prescription medications. While they often help with the symptoms, they do little or nothing for the cause of the discomfort. These medications frequently have side effects that range from mild to severe. With chronic use of medications, even mild side effects tend to affect your health.

Acupuncture Provides Natural Relief from Migraine and Headache Pain

Treat the symptom or the cause? The headache or migraine is a symptom in and of itself. It probably had its beginnings somewhere other than in your head and may be related to stress, food allergies, or changes in routine. Treating the symptoms will do nothing but insure that the headache will return again and again. Migraines are one of the major reasons why physicians refer their patients to an acupuncturist. So treat where your headache is coming from… Acupuncture for migraines and headaches is an effective, safe treatment.

Let me share some stories with you about some of my patients...

Trudy (not her real name) was referred to my office by a current patient. On her first visit she had a sinus headache to end all sinus headaches. She had so much pain and was so fatigued; the chair that she was sitting could barely hold her. She could barely talk and clearly needed my help. A cold had caught her in the spring and it was now summer and it still had her in its grips. Doses of antibiotics, decongestants and pain relievers had done nothing for her. Headaches and fatigue were really putting a damper on her relationships and her job.

The examination of her history, pulse, tongue and physical location gave me the evidence I needed. She had sinus congestion, poor appetite, fatigue, bloating, hemorrhoids, and stools that alternated between diarrhea and constipation. The pulse had a hard, rolling quality with some tautness to it. The tongue was puffy with teeth marks. The location of the headaches was on the stomach meridian on her head. This told me the Stomach and Spleen meridians were out of balance. The acupuncture was used to relieve her congestion and headache and promoted the regulation of her Stomach and Spleen. Probiotics and a Chinese herbal formula were used to reinforce what the acupuncture had done. Within two days her headaches were much less intense and when I saw her four days after treatment she was eighty percent improved. She had no headaches, the sinus congestion was improved and she had much less fatigue. After five more visits the congestion and fatigue were gone.

And another one...

Bill (not his real name) came to me with complaints of migraines that had gone on for many years. The migraines caused him to miss work frequently and forced him into bed for days at a time. He had previously tried pain relievers and prescription medications with minimal relief. Bill worked in a high stress job and migraines tended to run in his family.

The assessment indicated that his Liver meridian was stagnant, meaning that the blood flow was impeded, causing heat to rise in his head. The acupuncture and herbal treatment focused on promoting the flow of Qi and Blood, relieving the stagnation and heat in the Liver. Bill was able to return to work on a consistent basis with no migraines after 8 treatments! Now he comes in for maintenance every month and continues to remain migraine free.

In Chinese Medicine there are many types of headaches. The above examples are only a few of almost twenty common causes (according to Chinese Medicine) for headaches and migraines, so knowing the cause is key to the diagnosis. In Chinese, the word for headache or migraine is “tou tong” meaning “pain in the head”. The root causes for both conditions must be understood first in order to provide effective treatment.

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In my clinical practice, my experience has been that migraines and headaches respond well to acupuncture. Most of my patients experience some relief immediately after their first treatment and further significant results after 5-10 additional treatments. With the proper diagnosis, the corresponding acupuncture treatment, and the appropriate herbal formula, a migraine and headache free life will be yours, naturally.

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