Acupuncturist Questions Acupuncture

How many acupuncture sessions do you need for headaches?

I am a 31 year old male and I have chronic headaches. How many acupuncture sessions do you need for headaches?

27 Answers

Some patients get immediate relief and some take a few treatments to get some relief. Everyone responds differently to acupuncture.

Yours in Health,

Angie
It's different for each person and also depends if any underlining conditions are present.
It varies. headaches are a symptom of a underlining cause. Treat the cause and symptom will go away. I've seen a single session take care of 11 years go migraine headaches.
I recommend 6 sessions. Acupuncture is highly recommended for headaches. Thanks
Acupuncture sessions in general may take at least 5 visits to see significant improvement(s) and most likely double for chronic conditions. Depending on what headaches you are presenting and what they may be due to, your response to acupuncture may need as little as one visit per month first to twice a week. The practitioner you see can give you a much narrower and better prognosis once you have been seen.

Live happy,

Michael
Hi, it really depends on the source of your headaches, severity, frequency and other factors. Generally speaking, you may feel relief after 2-3 treatments but recommendation is at least 8 treatments.
Only once treatment would help for some case, but could recurrence. It is good to know what cause the headache before treatment.
This is hard to gauge not seeing you in person, but as a rule of thumb, it's good to keep in mind that headaches occur, in most part, for the following reasons: dehydration, lack of ample sleep, and stress. Acupuncture is good for addressing the latter two.
It varies, depends on the type of headaches and the levels it involves. For example, headaches at the forehead area may cause by the neck- cervicogenic headaches or maybe from sinus pressure-sinus headaches or even from both, and that could become migraine. Then you have to treat both to eliminate the headaches. A brief exam is required to find the right diagnosis.
5 to 10 treatment
Acupuncture will not cure a problem in one treatment. It really depends on the person, the nature of the headache (trauma, dehydrated, hungry, sinus, cluster, migraine, etc.), lifestyle, age, and what patterns the patient has. I typically will let a patient know their treatment plan may be acupuncture every three days for severe cases, once a week in mild cases, but it is really important to do several treatments to get a feel for improvement in symptoms and quality of life.-Matt
It is not possible to say exactly how many treatments will be needed as each body responds differently. In the case of chronic headaches, 20 treatments at twice per week is a good base to stabilize the condition at low to zero occurrences.
With Balance Method Acupuncture you should see results immediately upon insertion of the needles. This relief usually lasts 1 to 3 days then pain gradually returns as the body has not healed after only one or two treatments. Acupuncture is a cumulative therapy to address not only the symptom of pain but also the underlying causes of the pain.
Hope this helps. To find a practitioner of Dr. Tan's Balance Method Acupuncture would be the wisest choice for results immediate and long term. Hope this helps. Mari
Twelve is the initial trial treatment series. Thank you for asking.
Hi, Acupuncture is excellent for headaches and migraines of any type. Depending on your triggers and cause of headaches the number of treatments can vary. Most will feel improvement in 3-6 treatments.

Yours in health,
Dr. Gordon
It all depends on the diagnosis. For my experience, most of my patients with headache will see improvement in one treatment.
Headaches can be caused by many things. If it's a tension HA and you are actively going through a really tough time, it will be a while. For most situations, we'll have a really good idea of what's going on and a significant reduction of symptoms with 3 treatments.
This depends upon the severity, and nature of the condition. Most conditions require an average of 6-12 continuous treatments, although some will respond well within 4-6 treatments.
Once we balance your Qi, you will feel better, no more headaches. How many sessions? All depends on your compliance, body response, your routine.

Be well, be confident, we can help.
Average of 14
We usually recommend 6 sessions.
First, you would need to be evaluated to determine the amount of sessions needed.
That depends on the nature of your condition (why you're getting headaches), your compliance with your practitioner's protocols, and how long the condition has been in existence. Typically, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it will take to resolve. Be patient with the acupuncture and with your body. That being said, if you're not finding any changes throughout your body within 5-8 treatments, consider a new practitioner or a different style of acupuncture.
Two sessions.
Acute headaches (< 6 months) is approximately 10 treatments. Chronic headaches (>6 months), will take up to 20 treatments.
It depends on the reason that is causing your headache. Sometimes 3 sections or sometimes more.
No one can answer that question honestly. Some people get relief with one needle in one session, some people get temporary relief in one session but then it returns a few days later, some people need more, some less. I have even treated a person where our conversation alone helped them lose the headache (it was an emotionally rooted headache).

When you see your practitioner, they will have a more reliable answer because they will know the nature of the root cause of your situation. Most people do leave with the pain dramatically reduced if not removed, but it is also a matter of how often you normally get HA's vs how that can be reduced with treatments.
This is a question I get a lot and the honest answer is: it depends.

Chronic conditions (problems that have persisted for more than 3 months) can sometimes take time to resolve. Your body has been experiencing this issue for quite some time and has, in some ways, adapted to it. We're trying to unwind the issue and the adaptation and sometimes this doesn't happen quickly.

The other thing to consider is that, from the perspective of Chinese medicine, all headaches are not created equal. Depending on where you feel the pain, what the pain feels like and a number of other factors there could be upwards of five or six different root causes in the Chinese model. Some of these resolve fairly easily and some are more difficult.

I do a lot of work with pain, including headache and migraine. My general rule of thumb for patients is: you should be noticing some change either in frequency, severity or both after 3-4 treatments. A full course of therapy for chronic headache might be in the 8-10 treatments range.

These are ballpark numbers - everyone is different, some will respond more quickly and some will respond more slowly. It's hard to know where someone will fall until they've had 2-3 treatments and we can see how things are progressing.