Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines

Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine

Acupuncture in Beverly, MA

Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines

Acupuncture is a medicine that has been around for thousands of years and it becoming more popular in the United States. The increase in popularly is likely to due to many clinical trials illustrating that acupuncture works as a safe and effective treatment option for a number of conditions. Today, I would like to discuss the benefits of acupuncture treatment for headaches and migraines.

Headache vs. Migraine

Globally, headaches affected an estimated 50 percent of adults. Headaches cause pain in head, face, upper neck and/or upper back. The frequency and intensity of headaches can vary and can result from two main causes. Migraines usually produce symptoms that are more intense and debilitating than headaches. It's important to note that not all migraines manifest as head pain.

Two main causes of headaches:

1) Primary: Primary headaches refer to conditions that cause pain in head, face, or neck. Examples are migraine and tension headaches

2) Secondary: Secondary headaches are a result of another medical condition such as stress.

Today, I am going to discuss tension-type headaches and migraine. It is important to note that there are multiple types of headaches and each has it's own type of symptoms that are associated with it.


Tension-headaches are the most common type of primary headache disorder. A classic symptom is ban of intense pressure around the head and causes vary.

Example include:

  • Clenching jaw

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Lack of sleep

  • Stress

  • Poor Posture

If chronic headaches have been getting you down, at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we work to reduce the frequency and intensity with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Through a series of acupuncture treatments our goal is to reduce your symptoms and headaches. Our long term goal is to completely resolve you from your tension headaches. Additionally, if you feel a headache "coming on", receiving acupuncture can stop symptoms in their tracks! If you've been suffering from acute or chronic headaches, schedule an appointment today to experience the benefits of an acupuncture treatment.


Migraines causes severe pain and other symptom such as, slurred or jumbled speech, difficulty writing, flashing lights, blurred vision and numbness to name a few. A migraine usually affects only one side of the head and can last from a few hours to a few days.

Risk factors for migraines:

  • Being female

  • Family history

  • Lack of sleep or sleep disorders such as sleep apnea

  • Mental health disorders such as, depression or anxiety

Acupuncture as a treatment option:

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment option in the management of migraines and it's associated symptoms. Acupuncture works to treat the individual as a whole and not just the symptoms. By receiving acupuncture, not only are you receiving relief from your symptoms, but receiving long term benefits to improve your health and wellness. Regular acupuncture works to reduce the frequency migraine by resolving the factors that contribute. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for disease and there are no to minimal side effects! If you've been looking for a natural migraine treatment then try acupuncture for your migraine pain! We forward to working with you to restore harmony and wellness within your life.