Acupuncture for Headaches
Headaches are classified into two main types: primary and secondary--
A primary headache is a headache that is not the result of a different medical condition.
The main types of primary headache are
- Tension headache
- Migraine headache
- Cluster headache
A secondary headache is one resulting from another medical condition. There can be several possible causes of a secondary headache-- some of the main ones include headache from - a head/neck injury, medication overuse, trigeminal neuralgia, cranial or cervical vascular disorder, disorder originating in ears, eyes, teeth or sinuses and presence of a brain tumour.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective method of treating most headaches.
Before an acupuncture treatment for headache, your acupuncturist will ask you a number of questions about the nature of your pain; the frequency, duration, intensity, triggers etc.; as well as questions on your general health and other symptoms presenting. They will then determine an individualised treatment plan to tackle the headache.
One example of the research on acupuncture for headaches published in The Cochrane Library mentioned a study in which true acupuncture outperformed ‘sham’ acupuncture for relieving headaches, and, that, in the group receiving true acupuncture, effects persisted, even six months later.
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