Headaches are often secondary to stress, neck pain, congested sinuses, tight trapezius muscles, and insomnia. When they are primary, there are diagnoses that simply describe the symptoms, with the cause unknown. Migraines put the patient in bed with the lights out. We have treated hundreds of patients with migraines and various types of headaches, and almost always with excellent results. A common patient response is “I can’t believe I didn’t try this sooner.”
Acupuncture helps reduce days with migraines and may have lasting effects, according to a Jan. 12, 2012 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
In the study, almost 500 adults were treated with acupuncture. After completing the study, all of the participants reported fewer days with migraines than before the study began. Prior to the study, most suffered monthly migraines, on average six days of a month. After the completing the study, they reported migraines on an average of three days in the month. In the month following the treatment, all of the participants also reported improvements in the frequency and intensity of migraines. Three months after treatment, people who received acupuncture continued to report a reduction in migraine days, frequency, and intensity.
Harvard Medical School; Helene Langevin, MD and Carolyn Bernstein, MD:
January 25, 2018
“Individual large-scale clinical studies have consistently demonstrated that acupuncture provided better pain relief compared with usual care….23 high-quality randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for common pain conditions…demonstrated that acupuncture is superior…for low back pain, headache, and osteoarthritis.”
Headaches and migraines: acupuncture works.