Why Heat Causes Headaches?

heatheadacheSummer is finally here in New York.  Most people are happy about the hotter weather but for many with chronic migraine and tension headaches warmer weather will trigger a headache.

It’s not just you alone.  Many research studies on weather patterns causing headaches show an increase in temperature to be a significant factor in triggering headaches.  An increase in humidity was also a factor for most types of headaches.

Acupuncture doctors have observed this phenomena for centuries. Weather and climatic factors are one of the major causes of headaches in acupuncture.

 Acupuncture uses the weather patterns — wind, dampness, … Read More

Too Many Painkillers Maybe Causing Your Headache

pain killersMany people with chronic headaches take pain killers almost daily. A report from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the United Kingdom states that taking too many pain killers is actually making your headaches worse. The guidelines define overuse of pain medication for more than 15 days out of the month.

Types of chronic headaches include migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cluster headaches among others. What happens is the nervous system becomes accustom to the medication, which makes it require more and more medication for relief. But taking more of the medication may actually lead to another … Read More

New Research on Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture is famous for the treatment of chronic pain.  In the clinic we know acupuncture is effective for pain and recently research is supporting that acupuncture is effective for pain.

Recently, a very large analysis of research trials, called a meta-analysis, was published focusing on acupuncture for pain. The study shows that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of pain. This was across many pain conditions including back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headaches, and shoulder pain.

Andrew Vickers PhD, the head author, and his team painstakingly reviewed virtually all of the acupuncture research trials which have focused on … Read More

The Body Acupuncture

Acupuncture can target chronic pain in any location of the body.  Sometimes, an acupuncturist will put needles in the place of the pain.  But other times an acupuncturist will place needles far away from the location, such as in acupuncture points on the legs and feet for chronic headaches.

The primary way acupuncturists can focus the treatment for chronic pain in specific places because of the acupuncture channels.   Acupuncture channels connect different parts of the body and run along different places in the body.  The acupuncture channels create a type of map that interconnects different regions of the body.… Read More

Research Shows Acupuncture Can Relieve Your Headaches

Acupuncture helps relieve many types of chronic headaches including migraines and tension headaches.

I have seen this everyday in my acupuncture clinic.  Many research studies support acupuncture for treatment of headaches

The Research on Acupuncture for Headaches

A recent large analysis of 31 studies, in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, showed that acupuncture was effective at treating headaches. In fact, the studies showed that acupuncture was stronger than placebo acupuncture for reducing headaches, and even stronger than medication for reducing headache frequency, intensity, and improving overall physical function.

How does acupuncture work to treat headaches?

Acupuncture and Chinese … Read More