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Can acupuncture help with migraines?

I'm 49 years old, and have been suffering from migraines for 4 years. My friend told me that acupuncture might help. Is this true?

39 Answers

Yes acupuncture and herbs can treat your migraines/headaches.
Yes, it is very true. I have had an almost 100% success treating migraines/headaches/cluster headaches in my practice.
Yes, acupuncture helps with migraines
Yes, 10 treatments 2 per week for 5 weeks. 95% of patients are migraine-free after that.
Yes migraines can be for many reasons though and an Acupuncturist should be able to help sort out the reason, but in general, acupuncture can be very effective for migraines.
Yes, it's true.
I have seen success in decreasing the intensity & frequency of migraines with regular acupuncture treatments. I.e., if the migraines are triggered by stress or tight muscles, there are points to help relieve the tension and release tightness throughout the muscles allowing for smoother flow of blood and oxygen to the throughout.
Yes, it is. The migraine can be a consequence of dampness in your body (there are more causes). Acupuncture can help with ridding of dampness or any other problems.
Yes, acupuncture may help. People who have received traditional acupuncture (acupuncture given by a practitioner trained in the traditional Asian medicine) for the relief of migraine headaches, continued to report reduction in migraine days and intensity several months after their treatments. In traditional Asian medicine (Chinese, Japanese, Ayurvedic), the
personalized diagnosis is of great importance in creating the treatment protocol.
Yes! Acupuncture is extremely effective for treating migraines. I commonly use herbs as well that are specifically designed for you to optimize effectiveness of treatment.
Yes, migraines can be treated with Acupuncture with great success.

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Acupuncture has been found to help with migraines but other factors may be involved. Often times, foods have been seen to cause or worsen migraine pain. A damp or toxic environment (such as mold infestation or pollutants in the air) can cause migraines as well. Neck or spine pain- bulging discs and the like could be at fault. Try neck rolls several times throughout the day. Your neck muscles I'm sure are overly tight. Getting restful and enough quality sleep along with using a cervical pillow may help. Also, avoiding eating too close to bedtime and employing stress reducing exercises (such as yoga, tai qi, etc) into your routine should help. If none of this helps then I would suggest talking to your doctor about getting an MRI. Good luck!!
Yes, it is very effective!

Hu Gi
Thank you for your question. Acupuncture has been found clinically and thoroughly researched to be helpful for migraines.

Be well,

Dr. B
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Any kind of pain including migraine headache is due to Qi or blood stagnation. There are so many different aspects to figure out why, which is an acupuncture physician’s job. Answer is yes!
It is true that acupuncture and herbal medicine can help to treat migraines and headaches. I would recommend to contact an acupuncturist and discuss your condition.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
It definitely is true. Most migraines stem from stress, hormone imbalance, etc. The best thing to do is to find the reason for your migraines to treat the root of the problem.

Acupuncture can indeed help control your migraine headaches. I have personally treated several "intractable" migraines successfully. The typical treatment is once or twice a week, but everyone I've treated has eventually gotten to the point of only needing a treatment every 2 1/2 to 3 months.

James A. Beshires, BSN, RN, MSOM, Dipl.OM, LAc

Migraines are something that I regularly treat in my clinic and see great benefits for patients. It helps a variety of migraines whether they are from hormone, muscle tension, stress, etc. I would look for a licensed acupuncturist in your state and you could find someone through NCCAOM Find a Practitioner web page.
Yes, when properly administered, acupuncture can reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of migraine headaches.

Yes, it is true that acupuncture helps with migraines. There are many different reasons and diagnoses that can cause migraines in Asian medicine, and your acupuncturist will treat accordingly.
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Scott Sang In Lee
Yes, acupuncture will help migraines.
Have a great day,
This is true.
Yes, acupuncture along with orthomolecular supplementation can resolve migraines.
Yes. I have helped many people get relief.
Migraine headaches are my favorite of illness to treat with higher success rates.
There are two significant symptoms closely associated with migraine in my experience - migraine with neck pain/neck condition and migraine with hypersensitive to barometric changes. Therefore, acupuncture treatment has to focus on these factors, too.
Yes, acupuncture can treat migraines.
Yes. There are many different reasons why you may be suffering from migraines (neurological, musculoskeletal, stress, etc) and acupuncture can work to address them all.
Every patient is different, but if outside influences like chemicals from the nail salon next door aren't causing them, I can usually stop or diminish an active migraine in one treatment. Then it takes a series to get them to stop coming on every day. After that, I have found that periodic "tune ups" can keep them from returning.
Yes. I have helped many people with migraines as have many of my friends and colleagues. Find a licensed practitioner in your area - an L.Ac. They will have to differentiate the type of pain from a Chinese medical point of view and it may take a few treatments for the success to last. So, please be patient and if for some reason you don't like your practitioner, feel free to find another - this is true for any doctor or service provider.

Good luck and enjoy.
Yes, acupuncture is very good for migraine and other pain conditions. Please contact acupuncture around your area for more information. Thanks
Yes it can. Helps to find out more what makes the migraines worse.
Yes, acupuncture can probably help with your migraines. I have a handful of migraine patients and I'm usually able to get them to a place where their migraines are under control and don't exert as big an impact on their quality of life.

Be prepared to commit to weekly treatment for somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-5 weeks.

Also, please make sure you see a state licensed and board certified acupuncturist. If you're not in California, a good place to start is the 'Find a Practitioner' page at