How Acupuncture Helps Headaches?

Whether you experience minor head pain or severe migraines, headaches can take valuable time out of your day and your life, and leave you searching for relief.

One way to seek relief is by reaching for drugs and other medications.  This may work temporarily and can help you get out of pain fast.  Unfortunately, common headache medications do not address the root cause, and when used over long periods of time can cause unwanted side-effects.


Acupuncture and Tradition Eastern Medicine (TEM) offer a safe and effective approach to relieving headache pain, without causing harmful side effects.  These healing modalities provide a comprehensive diagnostic protocol that can help us understand and address the root cause of your headaches.


Causes of Headaches :  There are many factors in TEM theory that may play a key role in the root cause of a headache.  These include body constitution, emotional health, excessive work, social activities and exercise, improper diet, physical trauma and hormones.  Headaches can also be diagnosed according to specific symptoms, times of occurrence, location, type of pain, and triggers.

A natural path to relief :  Acupuncture and TEM take a holistic, or whole-body approach to health.  We will take a detailed health history, and perform a physical exam to determine how and why our body’s vital energy, or Qi, is out of balance and identify what type of headache you are experiencing.  To determine the most effective care, we will focus on illuminating the root cause(s) of the problem.

During treatment, in order to restore the balance and flow of Qi, fine sterile needles will be inserted at specific points along the meridian channels.  Based on your symptoms, We will choose to focus on acupuncture points related to specific organs.  After that, a variety of self-care techniques may be prescribed to further expedite your healing process.

It is important to remember that acupuncture is not a quick fix.  Changes may occur quickly or over a longer period of time, depending upon your overall constitution and health.  Whether it is one visit to address an acute problem, or several visits to address a chronic problem, it is suggested to closely follow care recommendations of us to maximize your healing potential.

Type of Headache

Here are a variety of different types of headaches, both primary and secondary.

  • Tension Headaches experienced as a dull pressure, mild or moderate in severity.
  • Migraine include vertigo, imbalance, confusion and numbness.
  • Chronic Headache
  • Dangerous Headache experienced vomiting without nausea, severe dizziness, fever, neck pain and hypertension.

Here are few ways that you can participate in your own healing, by making simple lifestyle changes that may help alleviate, or even prevent, headaches:

Track those triggers :  Try to keep track of when your headaches start.  Migraine sufferers may find it especially helpful to keep a diary of symptoms.

Stress relief  :  Stress can contribute to many types of health concerns, including headaches.  Talk to us about healthy ways to handle stress and how can stress out.

Healthy habits :  Do your best to eat healthy, organic foods, stay hydrated and get enough sleep every day.

Acupuncture care is extremely effective in reducing the frequency and severity of many types of painful conditions, including headaches and migraines, naturally.  By working with us and adopting some simple lifestyle changes, you will be on your way toward a healthier, happier, pain-free life.