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ACUPUNCTURE FOR HEADACHES & MIGRAINES

Why Acupuncture for Headaches & Migraines? 

Most conventional medical treatments of migraines treat the symptom (pain relievers or muscle relaxers) but do not address the ROOT CAUSE of what is causing them. Therefore, it can be very difficult to find treatment that stops headaches from reoccurring. 

Research shows that acupuncture can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines/headaches.**

Chinese Medicine looks to find the root cause of your headaches or migraines to ensure that the problem gets resolved.

 

A treatment plan of regular acupuncture and herbal medicine (minimum 6 sessions) is most effective for treating the cause and preventing head pain in the future. 

Types of headaches that can be alleviated with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine: 

  • chronic migraines (with or without aura)

  • tension headaches

  • headaches related to menstrual cycle

  • head pain from traumatic injury (concussion)

**according to Cochrane Review (see below)

BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT:

Head Pain Checklist

Before your first appointment please pay attention to the following characteristics of your headaches/migraines.  

This detailed information will allow us to determine a correct pattern/cause for your headaches and ensure results and relief!

LOCATION OF PAIN on your head: 

  • forehead/frontal

  • at temples

  • behind eyes

  • top of head

  • sides of head

  • back of head / base of skull

  • Time of day headaches usually start?

  • Type of pain (squeezing, throbbing, stabbing, etc)?

  • Better or worse with FOOD?

  • Better or worse with EXERCISE?

  • Better or worse with SEXUAL ACTIVITY?

  • For Women: Which days of your menstrual cycle do headaches/migraines usually appear?

WHAT THE RESEARCH SHOWS:
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Acupuncture Success
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COCHRANE REVIEW: Acupuncture for preventing migraine attacks

"The available evidence suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatment sessions can be a valuable option for people with migraine. For this update, we reviewed 22 trials with 4985 people, published up to January 2016. Our findings about the number of days with migraine per month can be summarized as follows: If people have six days with migraine per month on average before starting treatment, this would be reduced to five days in people receiving only usual care, to four days in those receiving fake acupuncture or a prophylactic drug, and to three and a half days in those receiving true acupuncture."

Linde K, Allais G, Acupuncture for the prevention of episodic migraine. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD001218.

Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment or Prevention of Migraine, Tension-Type Headache, or Chronic Headache Disorders.

From a purely comparative effectiveness perspective, however, the evidence from clinical trials and meta-analyses makes a compelling case in support of a potentially important role for acupuncture as part of a treatment plan for patients with migraine, tension-type headache, and several different types of chronic headache disorders.

Coeytaux RR. Headache. 2016 Jul;56(7):1238-40.

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