Acupuncturist Questions Migraine

I have a migraine problem. Should I see an acupuncturist?

I have chronic migraines and have been on medication for it since I was a teenager. I'm sick of taking these pills and I feel like they really don't work. Should I see an acupuncturist for my problem?

50 Answers

Have an assessment and consultation with a licensed acupuncturist
Acupuncture is absolutely effective.
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Absolutely! I've only met one migraine in my career I could help, and that guy only showed up two times... so who knows if he would have kept coming! Even the hardest ones--cluster headaches--respond well to acupuncture.
Yes, acupuncture is highly effective to relieve migraines, and most practitioners can help you get to the root of the problem so it does not return.

Jordan New, L.Ac.
Yes. It's very easy to treat. I strongly recommend going to your acupuncturist.
ABSOLUTELY! Acupuncture can help alleviate migraines, lessen their severity, and/or frequency to bring lasting relief.
Absolutely. Acupuncture is fantastic for migraines and headaches. Here is a study that shows that having a course of Acupuncture treatments can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines:

We have had numerous happy patients who were able to mitigate their lifelong headaches with acupuncture, nutritional advice and/or Chinese herbs. So please try acupuncture!

In the meantime, here are some acupressure points you can try at home to help with your migraines:
it will be very helpful
Yes, you need to cooperate well with treatments
Absolutely. Acupuncture, herbal medications and possible lifestyle changes will make a significant dent in the migraines.
Absolutely, acupuncture and herbs can do a lot to relieve migraine pain.
Acupuncture helps with tremendously with migraines/headaches because it corrects the organ that is imbalanced. So it helps you with the symptoms along with the root of the headaches
Sorry that you have been suffer from chronic migraines.

Yes. Acupuncture helps a lot. I have a lot of clients can get benefits from acupuncture treatment and no longer need taking pills.

I will suggest to find a good acupuncture near you and start to get treatment soon. Hope you will feel pain free sooner

Have a great day

Definitely! With Traditional Chinese Medicine we treat each patient according to their specific signs and symptoms with costumized Herbal Medicine formula and Acupuncture protocol.
It is a good result.
Acupuncture is very good for migraines.
So Sorry to hear that you have been dealing with this for such a long time. My heart goes out to you. I imagine it can be frustrating when you have chronic pain. Acupuncture can be your answer to relief. I have had great results with my own patients that suffers from Migraine headache. It may take a few visits to resolve the problem since you have had it for so long. I am confident that it can help you. There are research that shows Acupuncture helps with Migraine headache. You can start on National Institute of Health (NIH) and The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)
Yours in Health!
Acupuncture is extremely effective in minimizing and eliminating migraine problems. Always the underlying causes of the migraine problem are addressed, rebalanced and the body retrained to function normally using acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Pain is a message from the body to the consciousness/mind that there is something wrong. Pain meds simply stop the brain's ability to interpret the messages. The pain is still present along with the underlying causes, you just can not feel it. I have found in my practice that even with strong prescription pain meds, the pain of migraines remains, just as you say they are not working.

Acupuncture applied by a competent and well trained acupuncturist (not a western medicine practitioner with a weekend seminar in acupuncture) is very effective in eliminating or at least drastically diminishing occurrences of migraines. Included with this result is an overall higher functioning physical, mental and emotional body in general. A feeling of well-being, increased immune function, reduced symptoms of stress, better sleep, digestion and mental function are "side effects" of regular acupuncture treatment.

Choose an acupuncturist who has a Master's degree in Chinese medicine and has been certified by the national board exams for Oriental medicine (NCCAOM diplomate). In addition, I strongly suggest finding an acupuncturist who employs Dr.Tan's Balance Method as this method is highly effective in immediately stopping pain of a migraine while working on readjusting the body function to prevent further attacks.

You are very wise to want to stop prescription meds, but do not do that without professional help from a well trained and experienced accredited acupuncturist.

Bottom line: absolutely seek help from acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I can assure you, you will benefit greatly.

Thank you for your question.

Health & Happiness,

Mari Mengarelli DOM LAc
The shortest answer that I have for you is a resounding and definite, "Yes!!" Acupuncture can help people suffering with migraine headaches. As I've said in other article answers, that acupuncture is very good at helping the body to re-balance the natural functioning of its organ systems and chemical/hormone levels in your body. I have been able to help many of my clients suffering from these debilitating Migraine headaches, either diminishing the intensity levels they were experiencing and/or the length of the duration of these headaches. I have even been able to completely get rid of many of my clients migraines within a reasonable amount of time, as little as two to three months with once a week treatments. Remember, though, that all results are individual and will be different for each person.

Hope this information helps,

Jeffrey W. Beimler, L.Ac. MsTCM
Definitely. Acupuncture is a great treatment option for migraines and headaches of all kinds.
There are extensive sources online.
Migraine treatment with acupuncture is different from the migraine Rx. It emphasizes the triggers of the migraine headaches and prevention of a migraine. As a result, I am very successful with these types of patients.
One of the things acupuncture has been fairly well proven to help is pain, including headache/migraine. It's definitely worth giving acupuncture a try.
Why not? If you're not getting results from the treatment you are currently using, go see if acupuncture can help you. Make sure that your acupuncturist is licensed in your area and has full training, i.e., do not go to a chiropractor or MD who"'took some classes" or a PT doing "dry needling." A good resource is - you can search by zip code for someone near you.

Call a few places and see which one you think you'd feel most comfortable with. Let them treat you for a few sessions, as it may get better right away, but may also take some time. If they don't help, you can try another or go back to your MD to try different meds. I hope you get help, I know how awful migraines can be for people.

Good luck
Acupuncture can treat migraines quite effectively. The results generally are a complete cessation of headaches, or less frequent migraines.

As an Acupuncturist, I have had great success stories for people suffering from migraines. Worst case scenario, the migraines will reduce in frequency and intensity. Best case scenario, Acupuncture, if applied correctly according to Traditional Chinese Diagnostic skills, can treat Migraines successfully. I usually focus on the Liver energy channel and the Stomach energy channel and may also treat the spine if an MRI reveals structural problems.
Absolutely, Acupuncture is very good in treating migraine.

Yes, we definitely recommend acupuncture for treatment of chronic migraines. Acupuncture has lasting effects on pain relief if done regularly. We recommend extensive treatment initially.

Warm regards,

Aleksandra Dianova, L.Ac.
Acupuncture can help with your chronic migraines. You would need to find an acupuncturist who has more experience to treat chronic migraines. Please visit our website<> and/or<> for more information.

Thank you,

Dr. Hui Gao L.Ac., T.C.M.D.
You certainly should get acupuncture. Many people have great relief from migraines with acupuncture. You could expect results to start in 3-5 treatments.
It might be a good idea to look for an alternative solution to your problem, especially if you are not getting relief at this stage. Acupuncture works well for patients who have migraines and, in general, the acupuncturist addresses the problem slightly differently than conventional medicine. If you choose to schedule a consultation with an acupuncturist, ask about
allergies, hormonal unbalance... One of these causative factors might be responsible for your condition.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.

Yes! Acupuncture helps to relieve your migraine headache by treating the root cause of the problem, rather then just pain relieving.


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Yes, after you have ruled out there is no evidence of any interference in the brain with an appropriate objective test(s), an acupuncturist is most often the best choice.

Thank you,

Robin Roemer Brown
Acupuncture may help. Ask around to see if there is an acupuncturist who is experienced with migraine relief and prevention as well as auricular acupuncture and what is called “seeding” with beads of the ear for self relief.

You might also talk with a neurologist about botox treatments. I have used these types of injections with great success.


Yes yes and yes. Acupuncture excels in this dept. you should get almost immediate results. If not, find a different practitioner
There was an MD doctor that came into my office once. She actually skipped her neurologist appointment to see me. She had been suffering from headaches since she was a little girl; after her first treatment, she had been migraine-free for two weeks. This was the first time she was free of migraines ever despite everything she had tried. I do have other patients I help with migraines who are also tired of just taking prescription meds.

Acupuncture would be a good option, but definitely check to make sure it’s nothing serious causing the migraines.

Live happy,


Before considering acupuncture you should be aware what is the reason for your migraines meaning that your MD need to exclude any rumors and such. Etiology of migraine can vary from mere dehydration to hypoxia and/or narrowing of blood supply to brain structures. Acupuncture does help a lot with migraines, but you want to go to someone who completed a full program of acupuncture school, NOT an MD that completed 300h courses. Modification for diet and sleep would be discussed with you and if you will be compliant enough, there is a good chance that your migraines will be gone for good. It's up to how much effort you are willing to put to help your acupuncturist to help you.

Hope my answer was helpful.
Yes, acupuncture can relieve migraines by different mechanism.
Yes, I’ve had a lot success in migraine resolution.


Amy Gendron, AP
Acupuncture treats migraines naturally by stimulating endorphins and other neurotransmitters to control pain. It relieves stress while promoting a sense of well being. Many patients have come to us that have used medications for years because they were not working. Acupuncture has been working for thousands of years.
There are many causes of headaches, including migraines, and there are dozens of them. Acupuncture is effective in treating all kinds of headaches. However, it is found that the cause of headache and the treatment of the cause are the most effective.
Yes, try it.
Absolutely. Migraines can be alleviated with Acupuncture. The Acupuncturist will determine the causative pattern of your migraines and will further advise you.
I would say yes. Migraines have so many different causes and are so individual. I feel Chinese medicine is the only non-medicated treatment that works, for most. I've only had one case that I haven't "cracked", yet.
Absolutely. Acupuncture works very differently than western medicine and can provide huge relief where medications don't. I will stress you must have patience with eastern medicine though. The longer something has been in existence the longer it takes to resolve but it will resolve!
Yes, acupuncture can help migraines.

Migraines have a huge inflammatory component as well as allergic component to them. Many people notice "triggers" that bring migraines on, like caffeine, stress, light, sugar.

There is a very specific technique called NAET that works really well for allergies and migraines. It will take approximately 15 visits to see a noticeable improvement in your symptoms. NAET is a treatment that involves acupressure and homeopathy.

Please find your nearest NAET practitioner through a web search and consult with them about your condition.
Hi, thank you for reaching out.

Acupuncture helps greatly to reduce migraines. If you come 1-2x per week for at least 3 months, it gives you some real results. My own mother-in-law had migraines for 12 years and the only thing that helped her was acupuncture.

Hope that helps. Sending you lots of healing!
Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective with Migraine headaches and pain. Some patients are getting the migraines from food sensitivity such cheese, alcohol, gluten, and chocolate. You don't need to suffer. Go see an acupuncturist.
Absolutely!! I have a patient who had had a migraine for 3 months. He came in for treatments, and after the first treatment his headache was reduced 80%. After the second treatment, it went away entirely. Now he comes in every month for a treatment and he no longer has them.

I have another patient who had had a migraine for weeks, and after the first treatment it was completely gone.

So yes, I would most definitely find an acupuncturist in your area so you can get in a couple of times a week at first. And if you don't get results from the first acupuncturist, try another one since each of us has different ways of treating.

Good luck!!
Yes, acupuncture will help you.