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Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches

Updated: May 1, 2023

Acupuncture and Herbal medicine can be very helpful in treating migraine headaches, as well as preventing them from happening again in the future. In my clinical practice, I found that most of my patients who suffer from migraine headaches tend to have very tight neck, shoulder and paraspinal muscles on the back. This correlates with the Urinary Bladder (UB) channel 膀胱经 (not the same as the Urinary Bladder organ). According to traditional Chinese medicine, Cold Qi 寒气 , one of the six pathological influences, can enter the UB channel. As physics goes, cold contracts and warmth expends. Cold Qi can make muscles along the UB channel constrict, causing tight muscles along the neck and back. Tight muscles then pull on the scalp, limiting blood flow into the head and causing pain.

Migraine headaches can be very debilitating and affect the quality of life. These patients can really benefit from warmth, especially making sure that the neck area is well covered with a scarf, doing regular baths and foot soaks, and exposing the back to the sun for an extended period of time until a thin layer of sweat appears. They can also benefit greatly from regular acupuncture and moxa treatments, as well as taking Chinese herbal medicine to relax the muscles/sinews along the back and strengthen the body's Upright Qi 正气.

As Dr. Heiner Fruehauf said, as natural as possible; as artificial as necessary. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be a powerful alternative and natural approach to treating migraine headaches. Depending on the severity and chronicity, it can take 6-10 treatments to significantly reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. You don't have to suffer from migraine headaches again! Contact us for more information.

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