Acupuncture is very effective at treating and preventing many types of chronic headaches including migraines, tension headaches, and sinus headaches. I have helped many of people with headaches and migraines within my 17 years of clinical practice.
Acupuncture Treatment of Headaches
The body is amazing at healing itself. I like to say acupuncture works by hitting the reset switch bringing the body back to health.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine focus on correcting imbalances in the body. Once the imbalance is corrected, the body can then work to heal itself. Each person’s imbalance is different and the diagnosis must be based on your specific symptoms.
The most common imbalance comes for headaches is related to the circulation or production of the body’s energy, qi.
Qi circulates in the body. When there is stress, trauma, or other illness, the qi circulation can slow down and become stagnated. Someone with qi stagnation will have headaches that are intense, worse with stress, neck pain, ribside pain, possible insomnia, and digestive problems.
Another imbalance can be too little energy, or what is called qi deficiency. If there is too little energy, then people will feel tired, get bloated after they eat, and have a weak pulse.
The acupuncture is targeted at specific areas which correct the imbalances. Each patient receives a personalized treatment. I will ask in depth questions, take your pulse, and look at your tongue to make the correct diagnosis and formulate the best treatment course.
Research on Acupuncture Treatment of Headaches
Research shows that acupuncture was more effective than both medication and placebo acupuncture for all types of headaches. Studies showed that acupuncture was stronger than placebo acupuncture for reducing headaches, and even stronger than medication for reducing headache frequency, intensity, and overall physical function.