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Relieving pain with acupuncture?

I'm 32 years old and I have constant headaches. I am thinking of having acupuncture treatment. How does acupuncture relieve pain?

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Acupuncture relieves the pain by increasing the circulation and reducing inflammation.
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Firstly, you should see your PCP to rule out anything more serious. He or she may want to order tests. Is it at all possible that you have been exposed to any toxic chemicals? Do you have a carbon monoxide monitor in your home and work? Have you been tested for Celiac Disease? Headaches can often to be related to food allergies. If your spine is out of alignment that can cause headaches as well, you may want to consult a chiropractor. Acupuncture can be effective if your practitioner does a very detailed health history and accurately diagnoses your condition. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses different methods of diagnosing health concerns than typical Western Medicine. Acupuncture helps to balance qi and blood flow as well as "break up" stagnation in the channels which often cause pain. It may take 6-8 treatments before you see any results, so be patient. Usually it doesn't take that long but you need to make sure you are doing your part by avoiding allergen causing foods, exercising (neck rolls would be ideal), drinking PLENTY of water and getting proper sleep. Additionally, using a cervical pillow will help in allowing the neck to relax in it's natural position instead of using a soft pillow which can cause the neck to scrunch up and decrease blood flow, possibly leading to headaches and neck pain. I hope this was helpful...good luck!!
Acupuncture for preventing migraine attacks. The available evidence suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatment sessions can be a valuable option for people with migraine.
Acting on your body's neurotransmitters acupuncture can stop pain.
Acupuncture relieves pain in a number of ways. One of the early observations about acupuncture and pain relief was that acupuncture stimulates the endorphins system. These are the bodies morphine-like substances. There is also pain relief due to a neurological effect called "gating." By giving a signal through the acupuncture point, the brain selectively process this new signal, rather than the pain signal. On another level, acupuncture causes muscles to relax, and a body at ease will be less painful. At a certain point, the acupuncture experience initiates what is called a non-specific healing response. Getting out of pain is only the beginning; you must learn how to stay out of pain by changing the patterns that give rise to the pain, and this is where the lifestyle and dietary counsel of an acupuncturist can be beneficial.
Thank you for your inquiry. Acupuncture can stimulate the nervous system to benign conduction, dredging, and nutrient cells as well as nourish blood and Qi. That's why acupuncture can heal headaches.
By regulating hormones, including the pain hormones and afferent nerve signaling to the brain. In the case of headaches, it may be due to muscle tension and acupuncture is very effective at reducing tension as well.
It stimulates the part of the brain which controls how we interpret pain. Acupuncture helps stimulate an endorphin reaction.
Obstructions in circulation prevent the body's naturally produced hormones and nutrients from reaching critical sites for healing. These obstructions are caused by inflammation, scar tissue, environmental toxins, life's stressors, chronic anxiety, etc... Acupuncture allows for the reintroduction of blood to areas of the body where there is a lack of circulation and removes blockages that obstruct its flow.
Chinese medicine has a differential diagnosis system that assesses what the root cause of the pain is and clears out that factor. Sometimes the pain is from constant movement, sometimes it is from a cold or hot issue, sometimes it is from a lack of nourishment, etc.

The doctor will assess the root cause and come up with a treatment plan that helps the body fix itself. I cannot speak of your pain directly because I have not diagnosed you - but I'm sure your practitioner would be happy to talk you through the process. Go find a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in your area that you feel comfortable being with and let your journey to wellbeing start.

Good luck.
There are several ways that acupuncture works to alleviate pain and our approach depends on what is causing your pain. For example, many people suffer from headaches due to muscle tension in the neck. Acupuncturists can use local techniques like cupping, trigger point dry needling, and electrical stimulation to loosen the muscles and thereby alleviate the headaches.

Every acupuncturist will also work with a root treatment. This aspect of treatment treats the reason why you're feeling what you're feeling. To expand on the muscle tension example, the root treatment will address the stress that is causing the muscles to tighten up.
Any physical or emotional problem is caused by unbalanced Yin and Yang. Acupuncture can restore this balance back to or close to normal and therefore dissolve the problem, in the majority of cases.

Be well, be confident, we can help.
By stimulating blood flow to relax the muscles and promoting white blood cells to clean up cellular debris.
There are many types and causes of headaches, so I can't tell you how acupuncture would work for yours. I can tell you that it is very helpful in most cases, so I would encourage you to find a practitioner in your area and set up a series of appointments to get yours under control.
Studies show that acupuncture is relieving pain in four ways:

1. Stimulates the release of endogenous opiate peptides. These are molecules created by the body that function similar to opiate drugs.

2. Increases the number of opiate receptors in the brain. This provides more binding sites for endogenous opiate peptides resulting in faster and longer lasting pain relief.

3. Regulates a set of neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord which are responsible for transmitting pain signals.

4. Changes the way the pre-frontal cortex of the brain processes pain signals.

With chronic headache, I almost always recommend patients start with a head x-ray/CT/MRI just to make sure we're not missing something serious. If you've had this done already and have clear imaging, acupuncture can most likely help relieve your pain.