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Acupuncture for Headaches

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Suffering from headaches? The ancient healing art of acupuncture therapy may be just what you need. Acupuncture therapy for migraines and headaches has been extensively studied and peer-reviewed. The conclusions consistently show that acupuncture therapy is, at a minimum, equally as effective, if not more effective that conventional treatment involving the use of medicines but without any harmful side effects. The studies also revealed that acupuncture therapy is quite effective for the relief of chronic tension-type headaches.

One of the beliefs of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is that pain is the result of energy stagnation in the body. TCM practitioners and acupuncturists explain that migraines and headaches are the result of vital energy (Chi or Qi) stagnation around the neck and head.

TCM has developed a lot of ways to categorize migraine and headaches. The accompanying symptoms, severity, nature of the pain and its location are all thoroughly considered to produce a detailed picture of the real cause of the condition. In diagnosing your problem, the acupuncturist will inquire you about your general health, observe your tongue and take your pulse.

This manner of diagnosis is a very effective way of determining the factors that cause your migraines or headaches and it assists the acupuncturist in working out a plan of treatment that specifically addresses your symptoms and overall well-being.

Headaches are usually associated with stress. They can also be due to insomnia, muscular pains or fatigue. Migraines, on the other hand are usually accompanied by aversion to bright lights, dizziness and nausea. In all of these factors, acupuncture is an effective procedure to resolve the underlying cause of the condition as well as in addressing all of its symptoms.

Tight muscles in the shoulders and neck are the most common causes or contributors to migraine or headache. Acupuncture works by relaxing these tight muscles that leads to the complete ending of your headache. If you have been suffering from muscle tightness and headaches for some time, the likelihood that your tight muscles are the reasons for your headache is high. In dealing with headaches caused by tightness of the muscles, most acupuncturists will utilize Chinese massage (Tui Na) combined with acupuncture therapy for this type of condition.

When going for acupuncture treatment, you need to undergo a needling process wherein the acupuncturist will insert small very thin and sterile needles into specific areas of your skin. For headaches and migraines about 6 to 12 needles are normally utilized.  Some of these needles may be inserted around the area of pain (your neck and head) while some may be introduced in other seemingly unrelated parts of your body. The insertion of the needles does not cause pain and most people find the entire experience quite soothing and relaxing. The needles are left for some time in the body, usually around 10 to 40 minutes; sometimes though they may be quickly removed depending on the type of acupuncture being utilized.

Written by Valerie

May 9th, 2014 at 6:46 am

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