Acupuncture is an excellent natural treatment for headaches, migraines, cluster headaches and menstrual headaches.
The British Medical Journal , and the National Institutes of Health have published positive reports about the effectiveness of acupuncture for people suffering both chronic headaches or tension headaches.
“People using acupuncture had fewer headaches, less severe headaches and they used less health resources over the course of the following year,” Dr. Andrew Vickers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In a randomized study of 401 patients who got headaches several days per week, patients who received 12 acupuncture treatments in three months reduced the frequency and severity of headaches, took 15% less medication, made 25% less visits to their doctor and took less sick days when compared to the other group who didn’t receive acupuncture. The reduction of medication and medical office visits made acupuncture a much more cost effective alternative.
At Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, we are very successful at treating people for headaches, because we use the techniques of Chinese medicine; acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet change, stress reduction, massage, cupping, gua sha, etc., which treat the symptoms and root cause of the headaches with no negative side-effects. Try our natural approach instead of prescription or over-the-counter medications that only treat symptoms of headaches, which lead to rebound headaches and cause other undesirable side-effects. Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. successfully treats acute sharp painful headaches, chronic dull achy headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, and menstrual headaches. Most patients feel immediate relief after treatment.
How does it work?
There is a saying in Chinese medicine, “Where there is pain, there is no free flow and where there is free flow there is no pain.” The free flow is of Blood and Qi (pronounced “chee”). Health is when Qi and Blood flow smoothly throughout the body to nourish, heal and balance. Your practitioner will spend a considerable amount of time with you during your first visit to discover where your Qi and Blood are stagnated or out of balance and why. The where and why are called a pattern of energetic disharmony. The acupuncture points and herbs chosen are appropriate to balancing your unique pattern of disharmony. Every person is different so you will be treated based upon your individual pattern.
♦ In cases of sharp headache pain, the pattern may be excess Qi and Blood in the head so your practitioner will insert needles to move out the excess, thus relieving pain.
♦ Another pattern common to headache patients is that there is not enough Qi or Blood to circulating into the head. Therefore the treatment strategy would be to build, nourish and circulate Qi and Blood.
These are just a couple of examples of common clinical patterns which may cause headache pain.
How many visits will I need?
Patients who walk in with an acute headache usually leave without one. Generally a course of treatment for chronic headaches is one visit per week for three months. Treatment plans vary according to the pattern of energetic disharmony. Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. will give you a tailored treatment plan during your first visit.
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Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
32 Union Square East, Suite 615 N
New York, NY 10003
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