Headache is one of the most common clinical problems seen in clinics. About 50% of the general population have headaches during any given year, and more than 90% report a lifetime history of headache.
The most common primary headache includes:
Migraine headache, often described as pounding, throbbing pain. They can last from 4 hours to 3 days people have other symptoms, such as sensitivity to light, noise, or smells; nausea or vomiting..
Tension type headache, most common type of headache, as if constant pressure is being applied to the front of the face or to the head or neck. Most often the pain is felt on both sides of the head.
Cluster headache, the most severe form of primary headache-involves sudden, extremely painful headaches that occur in "clusters," They strike one side of the head, often behind or around one eye.
Secondary headaches are symptoms of another health disorders. The most common ones are
Sinus headache, happen when the sinuses get inflamed. People feel a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of their nose.
Hormone headache. Women can get headaches from changing hormone levels during their periods, pregnancy, birth control pills and menopause.
Traumatic headache. The headache may develop either immediately or months after a blow to the head, with pain felt at the injury site or throughout the head.
Conventional therapies, particularly medication are often prescribed to resolve acute headaches and reduce the frequency of chronic recurrent headaches. However, the side effects of the medication including rebound headache, GI disturbance, kidney insufficiency, etc have turned more and more patients to seek alternative medicine for greater improvement. Acupuncture, as well as Chinese herbs have virtually no side effects, and they are safe, essential and efficient treatment modality that has been practiced for 5000 years in treating headaches.
Over the years, our offices have treated thousands of patients suffering from acute or chronic recurrent headache and have accumulated valuable experience in treating different types of headache. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, we believe headache is caused by the toxins in our body blocked the correct Qi and clear Qi arising to the head and malfunction to nourish the head. Furthermore, the toxins cause inflammation of the nervous system in our head and the headache happens. So the treatment should focus on removing toxins from our body, opening the meridians which go up to head and brain, balancing Yin and Yang energy in the body. For example, a women with hormone-related headache, we will focus on balancing the hormone environment. A person with sinus headache during allergy season, we will treat the sinusitis and regulate the immune system. If the headache is triggered by stress and insomnia, we use acupuncture to balance the energy flow, keep the patient calm and relaxed, and also use Chinese herbs as needed to improve sleep quality.
“It does wonders” is one of the comment from our patients after their debilitating headache was cured by us. If you suffer from headache and are tired of taking high risk medications, or if you are seeking more efficient and safe methods to prevent your headache, please call our office and we are here to help you. Acupuncture should be an option for first line treatment of headache.