Forget the Drugs: Learn How Acupuncture Can Relieve Headaches and Migraines

Are you prone to headaches? Whether they’re tension or migraine headaches, you’re seeking relief from the pain. 

Dr. Lana Moshkovich, DACM, LAc, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine as well as a licensed acupuncturist with Nirvana Naturopathics, is ready to help relieve your discomfort from your headaches with acupuncture, a traditional Chinese treatment.  

What is acupuncture? 

Acupuncture is a medical treatment using very fine needles placed on certain points in the body to treat pain. It has been a healing practice in Chinese medicine for 3,000 years. Over time, it has become a standard treatment for pain in Eastern medicine.   

Western medicine treats many ills with prescription drugs. Acupuncture can provide pain relief for many patients without the use of pills. If you’re seeking a non-pharmacological solution for your headache pain, you may find relief with acupuncture treatment. Watch this video in which Dr. Moshkovich explains the naturopathic approach to relieving migraine headaches. 

How does acupuncture work to help relieve headaches? 

Traditional Chinese acupuncture was based on the belief that pain or disease results from a blockage of energy, called qi, in your body. The thin needles used in acupuncture trigger pressure points, releasing the blocked energy, which moves through channels in your body. Thus, acupuncture treatment releases a flow of healthy energy that relieves the pain. 

Trained, licensed acupuncturists know where those pressure points are, depending on your symptoms. The modern understanding of acupuncture is that the needles, inserted at the pressure points, trigger nerves to release hormones stimulating your immune and circulatory systems

Acupuncture may also reduce inflammatory proteins in your body. Reducing inflammation can reduce pain. In summary, acupuncture can affect various systems in your body, and the effects help relieve migraine and tension headaches. 

What does the research say about the effectiveness of acupuncture to relieve pain? 

A 2014 scientific journal article says that acupuncture has changed lives over several decades since being used as a complementary approach in Western medicine. A meta-analysis in 2012 reviewed data from 18,000 patients in 23 randomized controlled trials testing acupuncture for pain conditions, including headaches. It concluded that acupuncture was an effective method of pain relief. 

Other research supports these conclusions, although further studies are needed. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized acupuncture for 40 years as a promising treatment for pain and now offers benchmarks for its practice. Dr. Moshkovich’s migraine headache case study was published online by the Acupuncture IL Association. 

Acupuncture is a safe, non-pharmacological treatment for headache pain

If you’re tired of taking pills to relieve pain or if you can’t take medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain, acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment that can help relieve your headaches. 

Call Nirvana Naturopathics or book online today for help relieving your tension or migraine headaches.

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