Acupuncture for Headaches & Migraines
The definition of a headache is a pain in the head due to one of the following causes: tension, muscle contraction, vascular problems; withdrawal from certain medications, abscesses, or injury.
Acupuncture is not only effective for migraine headaches but also works very well with tension headaches, cluster headaches, post-traumatic headaches, jaw tension and disease-related headaches that might be due to sinus problems, high blood pressure or sleeping disorders.
Looking at an individual's diagnosis and the location of the headaches leads us in the direction of treatment. Headaches can be felt at the top of the head, the temples, the forehead, at the base of the skull or all over the head. The location can help determine the cause.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we treat the individual pattern, as well as the Western diagnosis of headache (if there is one).
Acupuncture has no long-term side effects, is not invasive, and typically does not aggravate headaches.
Studies have shown acupuncture to help reduce headaches and migraines, with maintenance treatments being beneficial.