Headache is one of the most frequent reasons for patients to visit family doctors and neurologists, and it affects us of all ages and sex. According to WebMD, there are approximately 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches, and of them, 28 million suffer from migraines.
There are different forms of headaches including:
- tension-type headaches, mostly begin slowly above the eyes and can radiate to the front and back of the head.
- migraine headaches, range from mild to severe, often associated with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and over-sensitive senses.
- cluster headaches affect one side of the head and can be extremely painful
- organic headaches, caused by intracranial illnesses such as sinus infections, ear infections, and brain tumors.
- rebound headaches, caused by medication overuse.
Over-the-counter and prescription drugs are still the most common treatment methods, but for millions of people suffering from headaches, some cannot take drugs, and others just do not help.
Much research has been conducted to confirm the effectiveness of how acupuncture heals patients that suffer from headaches. Some believe acupuncture can stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules, and others evidenced certain acupuncture points that can affect the brain area known for sensitivity to pain and stress.
In order to find the most effective treatment plan, at Huatuo Clinic, we will first find out the cause(s) of the headaches from the traditional Chinese Medicine perspective. These include an imbalance of the internal organs, meridians blockages, external pathogens, Qi, blood, dampness, and many other possibilities.
Treatment plans vary depending on the type of headaches and Chinese medicine diagnoses, and it is especially important for patients suffering from chronic headaches to adherence to the treatment plan. In some cases, maintenance sessions are needed and Chinese herbal medicine is recommended in order to maintain the energy balance and prevent the recurrence of headaches.
Dr. Yangyang Xu, Ph.D. R.Ac, Associate Dean at Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine explains headaches and stress in the following video.
Contact us at 403-286-8788 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive assessment.