Acupuncture for Headache and Migraines

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More than 45 million Americans get headaches time and time again. About 18 million of them suffer migraines.

If you have been suffering from severe headaches, migraines for 5 years, 10 years, 20 years or 30 years, feel your condition worsen, and increasing your dosage of painkillers one after another. Try acupuncture treatment for your headache! “Acupuncture for migraines near me” can solve your problem completely, using the natural way to release your headache with no side effects at all.

 

Understanding acupuncture for migraines

Acupuncture works by stimulating acu-points to normalize the circulation of Qi and blood. I use different acu-points of meridian for different types of headaches. For example, I use Shao-Yang meridian for temple headache. This way I can heal the headache most effectively.

 

Researchers on acupuncture for headaches

In one study by Duke University, they looked at various studies done on the difference between medication and acupuncture. Duke University researchers compared the two and found out acupuncture treatment is more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches. In addition to reducing the severity and frequency, patients who were treated by acupuncture for headaches reported better well-being compared to the medication group [1].

“BE PATIENT, IT WORKS. I am a member of a well known HMO. About December of 2009, I have terrible headaches starting from my neck. After many doctors visit and MRI, the doctor told me I have Spinal Stenosis of Cervical region that caused the headaches. Doctors performed treatments and therapies but with no relief…read more“*

P.H. (Huntington Beach, CA)

“I have some friends with severe headaches and they would say that “my headache is so severe that I want to take my head off” or ” my headache is so severe that I want to hit my head against the wall”. It is the truth. Having taken pain-killers for my headache for almost 30 years, I was so worried about the side effects that…read more“*

W.Y. (Irvine, CA)

“I am a farmer. Because of my job’s requirements, I work under the sun for more than 10 hours daily. I suffered this terribly stubborn headache for 5 years. The headache troubled me almost every afternoon at the same time. And I suffered greatly…read more“*

M.L. (Hawaii Garden, CA)

“Acupuncture has made a positive difference in my life. I first came to Dr. Fu in early 2011 seeking relief from my stubborn headache. Consultation with Dr. Fu was very thorough and comprehensive. I had treatment daily for a month my pains disappear and I could resume life again, pain free…read more“*

J. H. (Tustin, CA)

acupuncture for migraines irvine

Having a hard time with headaches and migraines? Get treatment from a professionally licensed acupuncturist in Irvine for your chronic headaches. Make an appointment to come to our Irvine acupuncture office for a consultation for your migraines. Call: (949) 229-7498

 

Headaches vs. migraines

Symptoms of headaches

Headaches are pains that you feel in the head. There are different types of headaches that can change the cause and the area where you feel pain. Some headaches might cause you to feel aches in the forehead, temples, and/or back of the neck. This condition can range from mild to very severe and can last for 30 minutes to a week.

Types of headaches

When it comes to the cause of headaches, it varies depending on the type of headache. Here are the more common types:

Tension headaches

This is the most common type of headache and is believed to be caused by muscle strain, stress, and hunger. With that, there are two types of tension-like headaches. One is episodic which can last for a few hours and some cases for a few days. The other is chronic which occurs for about 15 days each month for at least 3 months.

Cluster headaches

The cause is not known precisely but suggested to be caused by abnormalities in the body’s biological clock (hypothalamus).

Sinus headaches

As the name suggests, this comes with sinus infection symptoms such as fever, stuffy nose, cough, congestion, and facial pressure.

Chiari headaches

This type is caused by Chiari malformation which is a condition that causes the skull to push against the brain.

Thunderclap headaches

This type is very serious and develops under 60 seconds. They usually mean an underlying health condition that should seek medical attention right away. This condition can be triggered by subarachnoid hemorrhage, aneurysm, stroke, or other injuries.

 

Symptoms of migraine

Migraines are headaches that can range from intense to severe. But unlike headaches, this condition comes with other symptoms than just head pains. These symptoms are experienced differently depending on the stage of the condition. Although not everyone goes through all the stages, here are possible symptoms you may experience  in each stage:

Prodrome

  • Mood swings
  • Food cravings
  • Stiffness
  • Thirsty and need to urinate more frequently
  • Yawning more

Aura

  • Blurred visions
  • Blind spots that expand over time
  • Numbness in one side of the body
  • Slurred or jumbled speech
  • Visual phenomena
  • Hearing noises
  • Can’t control movement
  • Feeling a pin-like or needle-like sensation in the arm or the leg

Attack

  • Pain can range from mild to debilitating
  • Throbbing pain
  • Pain in one or both sides of the head
  • Senses are more sensitive
  • Nausea and vomiting

Post-drome

  • Feeling drained
  • Feeling confused
  • Sometimes feeling elated

 

Cause of migraines

The exact causes of migraines are unknown but genetics and environment play a role. For the most part, doctors believe that these things can trigger migraines:

  • Tiredness
  • Lack of sleep
  • Shoulder and neck tension
  • Poor posture
  • Physical overexertion
  • Low blood sugar
  • Jet lag
  • Irregular mealtimes
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Sensory stimuli
  • Weather changes
  • Alcohol or caffeine
  • Physical activities

 

Home remedies for headaches or migraines

When it comes to both conditions, there are some things you can do on your own to help with the symptoms of both conditions. Some things to try include:

  • Developing a good sleep and eating routine
  • Hydrating
  • Relax when you can
  • Exercise

remedies for headaches and migraines

Want to try acupuncture for headaches or “acupuncture for migraine near me”? Book a free consultation and talk with the best acupuncturist for migraines in Irvine. See what Dr. Fu can help you with. Call now: (949) 229-7498

Reference

[1] Keith, Chris. “Acupuncture Offers Headache Relief Over Medication.” Duke Anesthesiology, 16 May 2018, anesthesiology.duke.edu/?p=530.