If you suffer from headaches, you’re not alone. Over 50 million of us experience some form of a severe headache at some point in our lives. 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 is ﬁne for the short run, and can help you get out of pain fast. Unfortunately, common headache medications don’t address the “root” cause(s), and when used over long periods of time, can cause unwanted
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer a safe and effective approach to relieving headache pain, without causing harmful side effects, and incorporate a comprehensive diagnostic protocol that can help your acupuncturist understand and address the “root” cause(s) of your headaches.
There are many factors in TCM theory that may play a key role in the root cause(s) of a headache. These include body constitution, emotional health, excessive work, social and exercise activities, improper diet, physical trauma and pregnancy. Headaches can also be diagnosed according to speciﬁc symptoms, times of occurrence, location on the body, type of pain, triggers and remedies which provide relief.
Acupuncture and TCM take a holistic, or Whole-body approach to health. Your practitioner will take a detailed health history, and perform a physical exam to determine how and why your body’s vital energy, or Qi, is out of balance, and What root causes are contributing to the overall problem. This will allow him or her to identify the type of headaches you are experiencing, and by identifying and treating the underlying causes, not just the symptoms, apply the most effective care.
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. It is also important to closely follow care recommendations suggested by your acupuncturist. Whether it’s one visit to address an acute problem, or several visits to address a chronic problem, your acupuncturist will create a treatment protocol that will maximize your healing potential.