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Acupuncture for Headaches

March 28, 2014

Is there any connection to the inserting of hair thin needles into your body and the treatment of migraine headaches?  Acupuncture is one of the most ancient forms of healing art in the world having been practiced in China for over 2500 years.  And if you think of it as some form of pseudo medicine, you should know that is a therapy approved by the World Health Organization and the US Food and Drug Authority for the treatment of dozens of conditions and ailments especially for the treatment of chronic pain and for the management of pain. It is particularly potent in the treatment of migraine headaches.

Acupuncture is one form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) modality that entails the use of very fine hair like needles to release vital energy called chi from some of the over 800 energy points scattered throughout the body. Meridian lines run through these energy points that extend from head to toe.

Vital energy or chi brings about good health when it flows unobstructed through the meridians providing much needed energy and blood throughout the body. The basic principle of acupuncture and TCM is that when chi develops blockages it leads to pain and illness in the body. These blockages may develop due to outside factors, the weather or to poor diet. Acupuncturists develop a unique plan of treatment per patient based on the patient’s unique symptoms and constitution. They develop a therapy to remove the blockages in the meridians and treat the underlying cause of the illness. Along with acupuncture, acupuncturists may also recommend changes to diet and lifestyle to their patient to help manage their headaches much better.

If you are considering getting acupuncture to address your migraines, your acupuncturist may require you to point to him where the pain exactly is. A huge number of acupuncture points exist in the neck, face and head and pressure needs to be applied where the pain is at its most severe.

For long-time chronic migraine sufferers, acupuncture may provide them with long-term and substantial relief and even permanent cure. They need to consult with a licensed acupuncturist preferably with experience or specializes in treating migraine headaches. The evaluation of the patient is a part of the treatment process done by the acupuncturist leading to the resolution of the migraine headaches. This evaluation is needed to help the acupuncturist create a plan of treatment for the long-term resolution of the patient’s migraine headache. A lot of sufferers who have chosen acupuncture therapy find relief from their headaches lasting for several years or even permanent cure for this condition.

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.