Acupuncture and Headaches

By Tyehao Lu

headache womanOne of the most common complaints among patients is headaches. Headaches affect people's health in many different ways. There are many different kinds of headaches such as migraine, cluster, and tension headaches. One form of medicine that has been treating headaches for over two thousand years is Chinese medicine and acupuncture.


Chinese medicine and Western medicine view headaches differently. Western medicine headaches are a subjective symptom of a disease. Some of the diseases that may cause a headache are trigeminal neuralgia, sinus, eye disorders, head injuries, and meningitis. These are only a few, but there are many different diseases that can cause headaches. There are also many different types of headaches with different characteristics such as tension headaches, migraine, and clutter headaches. The treatment options for headaches in Western medicine depends on the type of headache, but usually will include some type of pain relieving medication such as NSAID or opiates. There are also many different diagnostic techniques to diagnose the different types of headaches such as x-rays and MRI's.

According to Chinese medicine headaches are not only a subjective symptom but also a disease. Chinese medicine also has different types of headaches according to the different types of pathology. For example a headache can be caused from an internal organ disorder. When the liver, spleen and kidney are out of disharmony and the essential substances in the body such as blood, energy, essence is not nourishing the brain a headache may occur. There can be many different causes for headaches according to Chinese medicine. You must see a Chinese doctor who can ask you some questions, look at your tongue, and feel your pulse to see what type of headache you have. After a correct Chinese medical diagnosis is made then the appropriate treatment can be made whether it is acupuncture, herbs, tui na or a combination of modalities.

Chinese medical treatment for headaches may include acupuncture, herbs, and tui na. Acupuncture has been very effective for treating headaches. It allows the energy and blood to flow better and promote the body's self healing mechanisms. An acupuncturist will mainly use acupuncture points according to what type of headache and disharmony that the practitioner find. There are also manly different herbal formulas that will help with headaches. It all depends on what your Chinese medical diagnosis is to determine what herbal formula to describe. Tui na is Chinese medical massage. Tui na can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the healing effects. There are tui na manipulations that can be effective for headaches.

Chinese medicine overall is a viable treatment option for headaches.

Tyehao Lu is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Salt Lake City, Utah. Master Lu's Health Center we treat migraine headaches utilizing acupuncture and Chinese medicine regularly with success. You are all welcome to come and give us a call for a free consultation anytime.

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