According to the National Headache Foundation over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Acupuncture can treat tension, sinus and migraine headaches. Acupuncture physicians determine cause of headaches as due to an imbalance in the body’s flow of energy (qi). They utilize acupuncture to reestablish equilibrium.
Although headaches are one of the most frequent health conditions leading to medical visits, allopathic treatment may be ineffective in pain management. Most types of headaches occur as a mixed headache disorder in which tension, sinus and migraine headache arise at different times and under different circumstances. Acupuncture releases endorphins, (natural painkillers) and stabilizes levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. After as few as 12 treatment sessions, patients experience fewer headaches and migraines.
TCM does not recognize reoccurring headaches and migraines as one particular syndrome. Headaches may be accompanied by stress and may be complicated by other health conditions causing pain such as degenerative arthritis, structural or chemical abnormalities in or around the brain, spine disease, and musculoskeletal dysfunction. Acupuncture activates the parasympathetic nervous system to decrease stress and treats the causes and symptoms that are unique to each individual.
Acupuncture can reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches as well as analgesic consumption, and is frequently effective in cases where patients experience little pain relief from medication. Acupuncture improves cerebral circulation, allowing the afflicted region to obtain sufficient blood supply, oxygen and nutrition. Chinese herbal formulas prescribed in conjunction with acupuncture are effective in maintaining health and preventing headache reoccurrence.
When headaches occur more than a few times a month, treatment is recommended. For more information about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for headache prevention and treatment contact Dr. Richard Browne.