Headaches vary with intensity and rate of recurrence, with the most severe type being migraine. With its origins in China, acupuncture has been proven to be an effective way of treating and preventing migraine headaches. Acupuncture is a technique that involves penetrating the skin at specific sites to promote pain relief. At Holistic Health Clinic in Beaverton, OR, our acupuncture specialist will apply her skills and experience to relieve your headaches and prevent them from returning.
How does Acupuncture Work
A good number of people that see acupuncturists seek relief for migraines. Pain and diseases are caused when energy flow along the 14 meridians of the body is disturbed. Acupuncture achieves the pain relief effect by keeping the energy flow (or “qi”) in balance. It involves placing needles at specific pressure points to free blocked energy pathways. The specific pressure point depends on the type of pain being treated. The common acupressure points for headaches and migraines include:
- Third Eye
- Gates of Consciousness
- Drilling Bamboo
- Pressure point LI-4, “Hegu” or Union Valley
The duration of acupuncture treatment for headaches depends on the type of headache being treated. Six weekly one-hour sessions may reduce the frequency and intensity of most migraine headaches.
Types of Acupuncture
There are two types of acupuncture used for pain relief. They include:
- Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
- Western Homoeopathic Acupuncture
Benefits of Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines
Some of the benefits of getting acupuncture treatment for headaches and migraines include:
- It prevents dependence on pain relief drugs
- It has fewer contraindications compared to pharmacological pain treatment.
- It is cost-effective.
- It helps the body release pain-relieving hormones such as endorphins.
Risks involved in Acupuncture Treatment
The initial acupuncture treatment might be more painful since it may be the first time your energy points are being activated. Potential undesired effects of acupuncture include:
- Bleeding, bruising, or soreness at needle insertion points
- Incorrect diagnosis for migraines
Acupuncture can be dangerous for patients with blood disorders such as sickle cells and those on blood thinners.
Guiding Principles for Acupuncture
Settle for a qualified and licensed acupuncturist. To ascertain how qualified an acupuncturist is, you can view online reviews and inquire about their risk management strategies and sanitary practices. Keep track of your headaches and let our practitioner the effect acupuncture is having. Consider blending acupuncture with other therapeutic techniques to further relieve your pain and prevent it from returning.
Visit a Qualified Acupuncturist at Holistic Health Clinic in Beaverton, OR
At Holistic Health Clinic, we have shared the benefits of acupuncture with residents of Beaverton, OR, for many years. Call us at (503) 646-8575 for more information or to schedule an appointment.