Acupuncture for Headaches
What is Acupuncture?
Practiced in China for close to two thousand years, acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine where thin needles are placed at specific junctures within the body in order to improve the flow of ‘qi,’ or energy throughout it.
Acupuncture is often used to alleviate pain and treat a variety of medical conditions, either in conjunction with other therapeutic procedures or as a standalone treatment.
For many people, acupuncture provides profound relief for chronic headaches, making it a popular treatment option for those who have explored conventional treatment options without finding them effective.
How Acupuncture Works
According to the theory of acupuncture, your body has over two thousand specific points where qi energy flows through it. If this energy gets trapped instead, you will experience pain and possibly develop a medical condition.
Science today has many theories why acupuncture treatment helps patients feel better. Acupuncture’s pain relief might be caused by the release of opioid peptides in your body, alterations in the ways that neurotransmitters and neurohormones are secreted, or from stimulation of different electromagnetic points within the body. Whatever the physical reason, millions of people around the world can testify to the procedure’s success for pain relief.
How Acupuncture Helps Treat Headaches
Headaches are caused by a myriad of reasons, but acupuncture treatment often gets at their root cause to help you find relief. There are two kinds of headaches in the medical world: primary and secondary.
Primary headaches are clinical conditions, not symptoms of a different problem. Examples include migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches. Secondary headaches are symptoms of other medical conditions, like allergies, head injuries, dental issues and more. Acupuncture is most effective for treating primary headaches because the treatment gets to the root of the problem, rather than only treating the symptoms.