Basic rules are: the older and weaker a patient is, the longer results take. This has been true in my experience. Younger patients (including you) have more energy and change/heal faster. But not knowing if you have lots of health problems and tend to be a sicker young person, impossible to even guess with the limited information i have here. Hope that is helpful!
Acupuncture works for headaches and every case is different, so to answer your question of how many sessions it would take is all dependent on your case, but do seek the treatment :)
However, results can vary depending on the type of headache, its location and frequency. Is it a sinus headache, recurring tension headache or migraine?
Headaches need to be differentiated in order to determine your prognosis.
I often recommend 6 visits to determine type of headache and underlying cause.
If you have not recieved benefit by six visits acupuncture may not be for you.
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
It depends on what is your cause and how your progress is. Acupuncture treatment is good for headache for sure, but each individual responds differently. Without a diagnosis, it is difficult to say how many treatments you may need.
Hope this answer helps.
Huan Wen Jonathan Fang, lic. ac.
It all depends on how long, how severe, how often, and what reasons and organs are causing the headache. Your acupuncturist will tell you after the first consultation and treatment.
Scott Sang In Lee
Secondarily, if the shoes you are wearing do not have proper support, it could affect your spine and lead to headaches. Are you getting restful and enough sleep? Is your mattress firm enough? Do you need a more supportive pillow? I use a cervical pillow to keep my neck in the proper position and if I go away and do not bring it with me, my neck feels it and I usually get a headache. Stress is a big factor in headaches. Even those who are not aware of feeling stressed can experience headaches. Doing relaxing exercises such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, etc can be of great help. Including daily stretching in your routine may prove to be the best bet if the aforementioned suggestions are not your thing.
All that being said, there is no set formula to determine how many sessions it would take before you see results. Acupuncture has be known to be effective but along with a patient's willingness to make some lifestyle changes. Diet, proper hydration, exercise, stress reduction, proper (REM) sleep are just a few of the suggestions I would make before you see an acupuncturist. The power to cure them may be entirely in your hands and you may not need acupuncture.Try some or all of these suggestions for two weeks, that just may do the trick!. Good luck.
That is very patient specific question the number of sessions needed. Please speak with your acupuncturist about what they anticipate your plan of care will look like.
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-acute vs chronic
-unidentified food sensitivities (think coffee, wine, chocolate, wheat)
-What level of intensity the migraines are rated.
If the patient takes pharmaceuticals -they be contributing factors. It is reasonable to have 1 treatment a week for 3- 4 weeks and then reevaluate.
Best of luck to you.
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You would need to consult with your practitioner on an ongoing basis to see how you, personally respond to your individual condition.
In conventional medicine there are only a few different kinds of headache and the treatment for most of them is largely the same - some sort of pain relieving medication.
In Chinese medicine there are dozens of different potential diagnoses for headache - some of which respond faster to treatment than others. Without actually seeing and diagnosing you, it's difficult to predict how many treatments you might need before you notice something different.
I specialize in pain management and I see a lot of headache/migraine patients. My general rule of thumb is: headache patients should be noticing a change in severity and/or frequency by the 3rd or 4th visit (assuming weekly treatment). By the 5th or 6th visit we are usually starting to spread things out so we can find that patient's maintenance interval. Sometimes I hit the nail on the head and after 4 or 5 treatments, the issue resolves.
For the best possible result, please make sure you're seeing someone licensed as an acupuncturist in your state. If you're not in CA, you can use the "Find a Practitioner" lookup at NCCAOM.org to get a list of providers local to you.