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I have headaches frequently. Can acupuncture treatment help?

I have frequent headaches and I am considering acupuncture treatment because I've heard good things about pain relief. Is it worth a try?

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Heard good things? Wondering if it is "worth" a try? How much do you value your quality of life? Maybe the headaches serve you in some way???? We treat imbalances that cause the symptoms and disease. When the pain of the pain becomes greater than the pain of change, most will try something that will do no harm.
Acupuncture is a natural treatment for pain relief.

Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
It most certainly is! I have been helping people with headaches and/or migraines for years with much success!
Acupuncture is great at treating headaches! Give it a try!
Acupuncture is great for headaches along with the help of herbal medications and possible lifestyle changes.
Of course, it certainly works.
Yes- this is one of the most common reasons people seek out acupuncture
Yes, it can help.
A headache is usually one of the symptoms of a disorder/disease. Acupuncture will work well if we could identify the underlying issue(s).
Absolutely, headaches are one of the most common complaints and acupuncture can have tremendous benefits. It is important, however, to get to the root cause of your headaches, so a comprehensive assessment should be made to resolve the condition.
Yes, acupuncture can significantly reduce stress and help your headache, just find a local acupuncture practitioner for help.
For headaches and migraines, I've successfully treated hundreds of patients with Acupuncture therapy. Causative factors are numerous, yet acupuncture helps mitigate painful episodes very quickly. Helping dilate tissue/blood vessels promotes increased circulation to relieve stagnation that contributes to both headaches and migraines. Absolutely try it and see for yourself!
Yes, acupuncture is one of the best treatments for headaches.
If you've heard good things, it's True! Acupuncture and as necessary,Chinese herbs are incredibly effective at treating/clearing frequent headaches. A well-qualified Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) knows how to treat approximately 8 different kinds of headaches. A detailed thorough History taking on 1st Visit may unearth common culprits to why you're having freq. HA's in the 1st place! ;-)
Yes, headaches are effectively treated by acupuncture. I've seen it work even in cases where the headaches were due to life-sustaining western medicine.
Absolutely! Acupuncture is excellent for relieving headache and reducing headache/migraine occurrence. In oriental medicine, we have about 5 different causes of headache. Your practitioner will need to differentiate among these to arrive at the proper treatment. Don't be surprised if they ask you a lot of questions regarding headache location, how they start, how they progress and what they feel like to you.


Jeff Rippey, L.Ac.

So many people have benefited from acupuncture treatment for headache. It works on energy levels to reduce and even more to correct the cause of headache. If you know anyone near you, I will recommend to get acupuncture treatment.

Hope you are getting better in no time.

Huan-Wen Fang
Definitely, acupuncture can help relieve your headaches, but you need to know what is the cause of the problem. There are several reasons behind the headaches you have. Please consult with an acupuncturist near you.
There are many types of headaches caused by a multitude of factors.
In treating the headaches with acupuncture, the practitioner will not only consider the symptoms but mostly will look to treat the root cause of the symptoms. From the Chinese medicine point of view, headaches can be caused by too much liver energy, or too much heat in the body, not enough energy, low kidney energy, accumulation of phlem, emotional imbalance etc. Treating the underlying imbalance will take care of the symptoms. Also the acupuncture treatments aim to clear any blockages in the flow of energy and to balance all the organs and balance the system at all levels body/mind/spirit. Last but not the least, acupuncture is a natural method, stimulating the body's inner mechanisms of healing.
For headaches, acupuncture is one of the primary and most important treatments. I have worked on people who stopped having headaches or migraines after 3-4 sessions, others have less frequent and/or less severe migraines. Each person is a little different, but most have good results with a few sessions. I hope this helps.

Stephen Dell-Jones, DOM, MS
Yes, it is worth a try. Your acupuncturist is trained to help you, identify the cause of your headache, and then he or she should be able to help relieve the pain. Headaches can be caused by many conditions: Opioid withdrawal, stress, high or low blood pressure, diabetes. It is important to be on the right track from the beginning.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Acupuncture is absolutely worth the try. Acupuncture relieves pain and treats underlying causes. I have treated many HA clients over the past 14 years very successfully.
According to Chinese medicine precepts, there are many different underlying causes for headaches, and these are addressed during acupuncture treatment. Most important is instantaneous relief of HA pain when I employ Dr. Tan's balance method of acupuncture.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is an excellent way to rebalance and heal the body, mind and spirit, as all are treated during an acupuncture treatment.
Find a well trained acupuncturist, one with a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine and begin your healing journey soon. I know you will be well pleased.
Thank you for your interest. Mari

Most definitely, acupuncture works great for headaches. There many causes for the headache, including your internal organ functions. Acupuncture helps not only the symptoms, but the root cause as well.


Scott Sang In LeeChun Am Acupuncture천암 한의원 
Acupuncture is extremely effective in the treatment of most headaches.
Acupuncture can effectively treat headaches.
Absolutely! Acupuncture has been the preferred method of pain relief for millions of people for 4,200 years. Acupuncture for headaches and migraines is a non-invasive, drug-free, and extremely relaxing experience.

In health and wellness,

Lisa M. Hicks
Acupuncture is great for headaches. Each headache is treated differently. The most important aspect in treating a headache is to properly identify the effected channel(s). Ask for a free consultation. The acupuncturist should ask you to show the specific location of your headache. If not, move on to someone else.
Due to the balancing effects, it usually helps headaches quickly. After a few treatments, the changes in the body become more permanent, or at least longer lasting. It also helps with a variety of stressors, emotional, physical, environmental, so one feels much more "in tune" after a treatment.

James F. Jones
Yes, immediately.
Yes, acupuncture is effective in the treatment of all kinds of headaches.

Erin Piccola, MSTOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM
I have had successful treatments for headaches/migraines for every patient who has came with this complaint. One patient was an MD and she skipped her neurological appointment to see me. She ended up being headache-free for the first time since she was a little girl. Not all headaches are the same; if you feel like this is the worst headache in your life or feel like dying, please immediately go to the ER, especially if they are from trauma or injury.

Live happy,

Yes, most definitely, and for numerous types of headaches. Here are a few of my blog posts: Acupuncture Improves Headaches in TBI Sufferers » Acupuncture Palm Beach
Hello there,

It is definitely worth a try. Even single treatment can help to minimize the frequency since acupuncture (not getting into all anatomy and regulatory mechanisms of our body and how it could be beneficially effected by certain nerve fiber stimulation) can merely provide better blood circulation to the brain and that would be already a major headache pain relief, whether it's a migraine, cluster headache, or tension headache.
Yes, acupuncture can help tension headaches, migraines, and sinus-related headaches.

Yes, acupuncture could help with frequent headaches. We offer a free consultation if you would like to speak to the doctor so he can explain better how acupuncture and other natural treatments can help you.

Kind regards,

Pure Acupuncture & Natural Medicine
Yes, acupuncture treatment is very effective for headaches.

Headaches can be based on many different reasons. Acupuncture helps many clients with headaches as long as the practitioner figures out why they are occurring from an Oriental medicine standpoint. They can be due to muscle tension, stress, heat rising up to the head (heat always rises), excess, deficiency, sinus congestion... the list goes on. The practitioner needs to ask certain questions, look at your tongue and feel your different pulse positions to accurately diagnose and treat. It’s definitely worth looking into.

Good luck,

David G. Hanley, Dipl. OM
Sure it is. Acupuncture has shown to be very effective treating headache and migraines. Most of the time, the cause is related to heat or obstruction of the yang channel that reaches the head.
Acupuncture can be very effective in both chronic cases as well as an acute occurrence while it is happening. Many patients even find success heading off migraines if they can be seen at onset once established with a practitioner. Check out this meta analysis for more information on the treatment of migraines:

Personally, I treat a lot of headaches that are hormonally related to a woman’s cycle. I find that herbs typically expedite the treatment response and after a few cycles of the hormones regaining balance, the patient can be weened off of both. I think it’s absolutely worth a try if you are suffering and looking for a permanent solution.
Sorry to hear about your frequent headaches. Acupuncture is rather famous, for those who use it, to treat headaches. It has a fabulous success rate and I have helped hundreds to get their life and happiness back.

Bruce Stoebner, L.Ac.
I always tell my patients to check with their medical doctor to find out any serious reason for the headaches. Once we rule that out, acupuncture treatments would be the most effective for any type of headache. It is more than worth it to try.
Yes, definitely acupucture can help.
It is a good way to try. Find a more clinically experienced acupuncturist. Acupuncture is very helpful with headaches.
Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in treating headaches and migraines.
Yes! We need to find the root cause of the headaches. Are you having inflammation from foods you are eating? Stress? Bad sleep? Blood sugar handling issues? I would diagnose with traditional Chinese medicine and then also use functional medicine to find the cause to stop your headaches.
Acupuncture has been proven to help with frequent headaches and migraine. Combination of diet, lifestyle changes and acupuncture helps with this condition. Thanks
Yes, definitely. You owe it to yourself to at least give it a try. Acupuncture will open the blockages in your meridians and make the energy travel in your body more fluently.
I suggest you schedule a consultation with an Acupuncturist in your area.
Absolutely. I use acupuncture very effectively for both tension and migraine headaches, even those that western medicine have had no affect on. Your acupuncturist might also explore diet with you as certain chemicals like aspartame can cause headaches to occur.
Absolutely, acupuncture can provide direct relief for an acute headache. Repeated treatments can ensure that future headaches are less frequent and intense. Herbal medicine can also serve as an adjunct and address the constitution of the patient that is making them susceptible to the headaches.
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Of course
Acupuncture is fantastic for headache and migraine relief! We've been successful in mitigating headaches and stopping them from reoccuring. Check out these acupressure points you can do at home in the meantime.

Hope we can be of assistance to you soon!
Yes... Acupuncture is an excellent option to help with your frequent headaches. Disharmony of the body's functions can result in headaches or other symptoms of pain in any area of the body. Acupuncture is definitely worth a try due to its ability to heal the body naturally. Any pain affects your quality of life, so do find a licensed Acupuncturist in your area who can do an Acupuncture evaluation, followed by treatments to bring about relief from your headache. You will be happy you did! Good luck.
Acupuncture can relieve several different type of headaches like migraine headache, tension headache even cluster headache.
In the beginnging, you may have less headache and pain.
Later, headache will be gone.
Just yesterday I helped a patient relieve a headache in two minutes using only one point. So, short answer is "yes" acupuncture helps with headaches and most any other pain. Your result may not be as quick as my patient from yesterday, but a qualified practitioner should be able to help you in just a few treatments. It all depends on the type of headache and root pattern.
Certainly, we treat this everyday. Headaches are a sign that something is wrong in the body. We start out the first session with Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis to find out the cause of the headaches. Then a treatment plan is formulated. The treatments are effective and relaxing.
Acupuncture is great for headaches. We need to determine the area, cause, and severity to make a differential diagnosis for the best treatment plan
Yes. In 7 years of practice, I've only met one headache I couldn't get rid of with treatment.
The cause of headache or severe migraine varies. If you can pin-point where it aches ex) front, back, side, or the entire head, the diagnosis will change, and the treatment will change accordingly.
Do you have nausea? Have you vomited due to the headache?

If it’s not a chronic headache, your acupuncture physician can help you alleviate pain within a couple of acupuncture treatments.

I recommend you visit your acupuncturist while you have a headache, so you can experience instant relief right after the treatment.
Absolutely. I personally have helped many people with headaches and migraines successfully.
Yes Yes Yes. Acupuncture helps in this area almost immediately. This is one of the chief complaints where Acupuncture helps where Western medicine may hit a wall. I treat migraines every week and always see results.
It is definitely worth a try! Headaches can be very complicated and, I know from a personal and professional standpoint, very painful. Acupuncture has very good results in general with pain relief, including headaches and migraines. Acupuncture can communicate directly with nerves to inhibit pain and release endorphins. Additionally, it reduces stress, regulates hormones, and relieves emotional ups and downs, which all may be causing or exacerbating the headaches. Thank you for your question.

Patients should also be sure to discuss diet, exercise levels, and recent medications, as well as be open to possible necessary lifestyle changes to keep the headaches from returning.
Yes, acupuncture can relieve headaches.
Acupuncture has been shown to treat headaches very effectively when diagnosed according to chinese medicine. Not western or chiropractic medicine. The point selection is different and the effects are different.
Yes acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment of headaches! The duration of treatment would depend on the source of the headache and the type of the headache but I would highly recommend acupuncture for this condition.
Yes, acupuncture can help pain relief.
Absolutely worth a try! I have many clients who have experienced relief from headaches using acupuncture.
As an experienced professional, from my perspective, people owe it to themselves to include acupuncture in their efforts to treat any health concern. Since I include the spirit/mind aspects of any imbalance, clients who've had the best results are willing to look at their lives as a whole to determine the best course of action.
Absolutely! I have treated many patients with varying degrees of headaches with much success. That is what is great about our medicine, we treat you as an individual and select points and herbs that work for you and what is going on at a deeper level.