Headaches and Migraines

Acupuncture can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause.

Acupuncture and Oriental Herbal Medicine have been used to relieve headaches and migraines, as well as their underlying causes, for thousands of years and is a widely accepted form of treatment in our society. There are acupuncturists that specialize in the treatment of headaches and migraines and can help you manage your pain with acupuncture and Chinese herbs alone, or as part of a comprehensive treatment program.

Traditional Oriental Medicine does not recognize migraines and recurring headaches as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, oriental herbs, Tui Na massage, and energetic exercises to restore imbalances found in the body.

Therefore, your diagnosis and treatment will depend on a number of variables:

  • Is the headache behind your eyes and temples, or is it located more on the top of your head?
  • When do your headaches occur (i.e. night, morning, after eating)?
  • Do you find that a cold compress or a dark room can alleviate some of the pain?
  • Do you describe the pain as dull and throbbing, or sharp and piercing?

These questions will help create a clear picture on which your practitioners can create a treatment plan specifically for you. The basic foundation for Oriental medicine is that there is life energy. This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Oriental medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.