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Acupuncture for Headaches

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Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Jacksonville utilize acupuncture as a natural type of treatment for tension headaches and migraine. TCM is grounded on the belief of the existence of life energy the Chinese call Qi or Chi that internally flows throughout the body along energy channels or pathways known as meridians. When the Chi flow becomes disrupted or unbalanced, it causes health conditions.

The primary objective of acupuncture treatment is to unblock and rebalance the flow of Chi by inserting thin-reed non-hollow needles in certain points in the skin called acupuncture points that are situated in various parts of your body. An acupuncture procedure is not as frightening or painful as it may conjure up because of the treatment’s use of needles. An individual may typically sense a mere mild discomfort as the needle goes into the skin; then after an instant, all the unpleasant sensations go away replaced by  a feeling of relaxation and even sleepiness.

The frequency and length of acupuncture treatment for headache is based on various factors. These factors can include the particular time of day or night you experience the headache, the location of the headache, the frequency and severity of the headaches, the kind of headache you have (sinus, tension and migraine headaches) and other factors.

The acupuncturist uses these factors to figure out what meridians are affected by imbalanced Chi that is causing your headache. Migraines, for example, usually are symptoms of problem in the gallbladder meridian. This meridian is effectively treated using the “preventive approach”, which is an acupuncture procedure entailing 8 to 10 acupuncture sessions that is combined with a healthy diet and Chinese herbal therapy. Tension headaches, on the other hand, are associated with the obstructed Chi flow to the stomach meridian and need a different treatment approach than that used for migraines. This treatment approach is combined with lifestyle modifications like regular Tai Chi, yoga and other stress-reduction reduction exercises. These activities aid in enhancing relaxation and in reducing muscle tension.

Certain symptoms of headache are addressed after the first acupuncture session. One session can be as short as 5 minutes to as long as 40 minutes. Severe and chronic headaches usually entail ten or more sessions.

Despite the innumerable researches that have proven the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of headache, researchers are still in the dark as to how acupuncture really works. There are experts that believe acupuncture aids in stabilizing serotonin levels or neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to play an important role in the development of migraine headaches.  Some theories think that acupuncture stimulates the production and release of endorphins and other painkilling chemicals in the body to help treat pain.

If you are wracked by constant headaches that mess up your regular activities and prevent you from enjoying life, acupuncture can be a great and effective treatment for you.

Written by Valerie

May 2nd, 2014 at 2:13 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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