Headaches and Migraines can engender a lot of pain and disruption in your day to day life as well as special moments. Fortunately at Blue Heron, our highly trained acupuncturists are here to help you regain your freedom and quality of life. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine excel at helping to minimize headache and migraine symptoms, severity and frequency. Treating the root cause of the headache and/or migraine is imperative in traditional chinese medicine to give you long lasting results. Our practitioners take great care during your intake to understand how your symptoms occur and affect your daily life. In-depth health intakes allow our practitioners to tailor your acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments specifically to you and your presentation for the highest quality of care. Utilizing acupuncture and herbal medicine along with dietary recommendations, therapeutic exercise and mindfulness enables the healing process to occur in a more timely fashion.
Just as in western medicine, headaches and migraines in Chinese medicine can be due to a myriad of reasons. Our practitioners will be asking questions about the location of the pain, duration, migraine symptoms such as auras, light sensitivity, other changes in vision, sense of smell or hearing, as well as how it may affect your digestion. It is also important to know what makes the pain and other symptoms better and worse, time of day that they occur, frequency, and even if they are related to your menstrual cycle. Other factors such as weather changes may be related to your headaches and will be taken into consideration for your diagnosis as well.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines
Just because you’ve been suffering from headaches for months or years now does not mean that you need to continue to endure pain, hoping that over the counter medication will be enough and that you won’t have to miss work, life or family events because of it. Listed below are the common benefits of receiving acupuncture for headaches and migraines.
- Decreased duration of headaches
- Decreased severity of pain
- Decreased frequency
- Abated nausea and vomiting
- Decreased visual disturbances
Interventions Used to Treat Headaches and Migraines
Based on your pattern diagnosis, your practitioner may use a combination of the therapies listed below to bring your body back to homeostasis and help your body self-regulate. Depending on the chronicity and severity of headaches, it can range from two visits to a few months of treatments to help your condition, although most people see at least some degree of improvement within the first few treatments. As with treatment of any disorder, lifestyle changes will typically amplify and help sustain results.
- Herbal medicine
- Chinese Medical Massage
- Cupping/Gua Sha
- Qi gong Exercises
- Topical Liniments
Blue Heron’s practitioners’ ultimate goal is to help you be headache-free and, therefore, not have to rely on painkillers to abate symptoms. However, we are able to work in conjunction with your medications and other healthcare teams to assure you the best results possible. Our practitioners want to give you a life free of headaches and migraines by giving you the tools to maintain balance within your body as well as help recognize and mitigate triggers.
If you are unsatisfied with the results of pharmaceuticals for headache pain reduction or would like to reduce the use of your medication, traditional chinese medicine has been proven to be effective in minimizing the severity of pain associated with headaches as well as duration and frequency. We at Blue Heron would be honored to support your goal of achieving a life with less pain and headaches.