Treat Headaches and Migraines with Acupuncture

Effective Solutions for Headaches & Migraines

Can acupuncture be an effective treatment solution for headaches & migraines?

Yes! According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proved –  through controlled trials – to be an effective treatment for migraines and headaches.

Headaches and Migraines  are a subjective symptom that may accompany many other syndromes. Headaches can be associated with various acute and chronic diseases such as hypertension, migraine, intracranial disease and inflammatory febrile diseases.

People are typically void of exercise which maintains the flow of our bodily fluids and keeps our muscles and joints limber. Acupuncture is very effective for the treatment of back pain and the results are usually immediate.

Why Acupuncture?

On the plus side, acupuncture causes virtually no harm. Medications have side effects. Rather than masking and suppressing pain with pharmaceutical drugs, empower the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Our bodies release endorphins, an intermedium used by the body. Pain affects more North Americans than any other disorder. Conventional therapies for inflammation and pain use NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, and COX-2 inhibitors like Celebrex and Vioxx. However effective in some situations, they have unwanted side effects and are expensive. Natural healing therapies relieve pain by calming the nerves and increase circulation to promote healing without suppressing the condition.

Fortunately today there are several safe and effective alternatives to replace popular pharmaceutical agents like acupuncture which is much less invasive and preventative as well.

Today’s lifestyle has become the culprit of our pain society. People are typically void of exercise which maintains the flow of our bodily fluids and keeps our muscles and joints limber. Acupuncture is very effective for the treatment of head pain and the results are usually immediate.

Acupuncture is routinely used to relieve pain such as migraines, headaches, low back, knee, arthritis, sciatica, tennis elbow and chronic pain where the underlying cause has yet to be discovered. Chinese Medicine considers pain to be a stagnation of energy, blood or body fluids. By inserting very fine needles along the energy pathways called meridians, acupuncture harmonizes and enhances the bodies own natural restorative powers. And, it works well with other alternative healing therapies.

Tension type headaches affect far more people, while migraines may be much shorter in duration but are much more severe. Migraines usually affect women more frequently than men, with symptoms that typically occur on one side of the head. Migraines can be so severe that they can cause loss of appetite, blurred vision, nausea and even vomiting.

Cervicogenic headaches musculoskeletal in nature and are currently the most recent type of headache diagnosed. For this reason, many times cervicogenic headaches go undiagnosed because of their recent classification.

Headaches and migraines can often disable the person from their daily activities. The treatment for migraines is generally more complicated than that of the more common tension headache. Acupuncture employs a serious of treatments using an individually designed approach to harmonize a person’s unique physiological balance, being essential for the long term success.

Typically individuals who visit an acupuncturist’s clinic have a history of headache problems. As with pain, headaches may be a warning sign of a mores serious medical condition. Most visits to an acupuncturist are either for tension headaches, migraines, or a combination of both.


Acupuncture is also effective for post-traumatic headaches and disease related headaches that may be due to sinus problems, sleeping disorders, endocrine system, or high blood pressure. Prevention should be a long term goal. In the case of migraines treatments are recommended in between migraine attacks.

What Causes a Headache or Migraine?

When pain is chronic and the source cannot be found consider food allergies. An allergic reaction to food can trigger and sustain chronic pain. Have allergy tests done particularly when no other discernable cause can be found. Allergies affect the nervous and immune systems. Once the allergen is detected and eliminated, the pain is alleviated. Other culprits are fungus, Candida, parasites, dental fillings and heavy metals.

Studies suggest that migraines may be caused by the release of a chemical called serotonin into the bloodstream from its storage sites in the body, resulting in changes in then neurotransmitters and blood vessels in the brain. Precisely what causes this to happen is still a subject for research and debate? Although there are certain factors that have been identifies which can trigger attacks.

  1. Lack of regular food intake
  2. Stress or the opposite effect when relief is felt
  3. Chemicals in food: monosodium glutamate, caffeine, tyramine
  4. Specific foods: chocolate, citrus, cheese, dairy, night shade enzyme (solanine),
    Archodonic acid found in meat, food colourings
  5. Alcohol, especially red wine
  6. Exhaustion either physical or mental
  7. Altered sleep patternsDoes Health Insurance Cover Acupunture?

Many insurance companies will pay for acupuncture treatments. Consult with your provider to determine if your treatment will be covered.

Acupuncture is both a viable and popular alternative to effectively help you with your migraines or headaches – without side effects.

Renew You Clinic’s Acupuncture Practitioner, Lily Wu, was an Acupuncture Doctor in China for 13 years in a hospital setting and 12 more here in Canada. She has an extraordinary amount of experience with Chinese medicine which makes her quite a find for those seeking a highly qualified acupuncturist in the Hamilton or Stoney Creek area with loads of both practical and clinical experience. She gets great results.

If you have not ever had acupuncture, our frequently asked questions page is very helpful;
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