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Headaches & Migraines

There is a common saying in the medical field in China: A patient seeking help from a doctor for a headache will give the doctor a headache. This means that headaches or migraines are one of the common yet difficult problems for doctors to treat. There are many reasons for their cause, like nerve problems, circulation problems, mental problems, brain disease, blood pressure problems, ear, eye, etc. problems. To figure out what the cause of the headache is difficult sometimes. We have many patients with migraines coming from different professionals’ offices, even acupuncturists’ offices, for help. With our unique treatment methods, their headache and migraines eventually disappeared or became much less intense and less frequent. For some, they were cured completely.

We found that many migraine patients are actually due to stress or neck/vertebrae syndrome regardless of other causes. About 90% of our patients get good results.

If you have migraines or a family history of migraines, Dr. Wang, a headache migraine specialist with 30 years of experience and specialization in acupuncture, provides acupuncture for headache migraine.

Acupuncture is an old technique used to relieve headache migraines. In this treatment, Dr. Shaobai Wang introduces several thin and disposable needles in different parts of the skin at specific points. The technique involves piercing the body with a solid needle for therapeutic purposes. Patients with migraine have repeated attacks of severe headache, usually on one side, which often results in vomiting. Now, this treatment is being used in many countries to treat patients with migraine.

Studies suggest that acupuncture treatment greatly reduces the frequency of migraines. Acupuncture is effective for migraine treatment and also benefits some patients with stress-related headaches. The data suggest that in about half of patients, acupuncture decreases the frequency of migraine or frequent stress-related headaches by 50%.

Use Acupuncture in Headaches and Migraines

Headaches are typically bilateral from mild to moderate in intensity, while migraine is characterized by recurrent attacks, usually with nausea and/or sensitivity to light and sound. According to the Headache Migraine Specialist, chronic headache and migraine are the most common conditions treated by acupuncture. The use of acupuncture varies from country to country. In the United States, a 2002 national survey revealed that 4.1% of Americans have used acupuncture at some point in their lives, and almost 10% of acupuncture users had been treated for migraine or pain.

Acupuncture and Migraine

In 2001, a review on acupuncture studies found sufficient evidence to support acupuncture as the standard treatment for migraine. Researchers examined 22 random controlled trials with 4419 participants who had been diagnosed with migraine with or without aura to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of migraine in the studies until 2008. The studies continued for 8 weeks, and acupuncture was compared with the usual care of prophylaxis (acute treatment), sham acupuncture, or other intervention. After analyzing the data, it proved that migraine patients could significantly benefit from acupuncture.

Characteristics of Migraine:

A migraine headache can occur mainly due to five factors: inadequate bed postures, climatology, menstruation, psychic factors, and use of contraceptives. Many people suffering from migraine have alterations in the cervical area. Naturally, there may be many causes for these alterations, but it mostly occurs due to a bad posture while lying on the bed. 10-15% of people adopt sleeping positions that cause alterations in the cervical area. These positions have one thing in common, which is placing the head in a lateral position on one side. Many children have maintained this posture for years, and it’s also common in adults. Over time there may be an imbalance between the flexors and extensors causing a joint, muscle, or ligament disruption as well as a dysfunction of the nerves of the cervical area, which leads to headache and other collateral symptoms.

Treat Your Migraine at Acupuncture Chinese Herbs

Acupuncture is known to be the most effective treatment for migraines and has fewer side effects when compared to other medications. However, it requires more contact time with a specialist. For migraine or frequent headaches, 8 to 12 acupuncture sessions of 20 to 30 minutes long should produce an effect that can last for approximately 6 months or longer. Contact Dr. Wang at (212) 262-9898 or (516) 313-6223 to discuss your situation or schedule an appointment now.