Seeing An Acupuncturist For Headaches: 4 Tips

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Headaches can really get in the way of your ability to enjoy your day and work productively. Maybe you've ruled out serious causes of your headaches, such as a brain tumor or vision problems. But you're still left struggling with the symptoms. One option is to see an acupuncturist. Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medical practice, can help restore proper neural function in a way that can ease headache pain and reduce the frequency of your headaches as well. Here are a few tips to follow if you do decide to see an acupuncturist about your headaches.

Don't stop your other treatments.

If you are taking any medications or supplements for headaches, don't stop taking them when you begin acupuncture. It's safe to combine acupuncture with almost any other headache treatment, and you're likely to get the best results when you're using more than one treatment. If you eventually find that the acupuncture gets rid of the headaches, then you may want to work alongside your doctor to wean yourself off of the medications. But you should never do this on your own without your doctor's guidance.

Tell your acupuncturist more about your headaches.

Tell your acupuncturist more than "I have headaches." Describe what the pain feels like, where you feel the pain, and how serious the pain is. This can help your acupuncturist determine where to best place the needles when treating you. They may, for example, decide to treat a different meridian for a headache that's centered behind your forehead than for one that's at the back of the head.

Arrive in a good mental state.

If you enter your acupuncture appointment feeling relaxed and at-ease, you will often find the treatment more effective. The needles will be better able to re-direct the flow of energy through your body. So, try to do something relaxing and anxiety-reducing before your acupuncture appointment. Go for a walk, do some yoga, or meet a friend for brunch. 

Go more often.

When you're first starting acupuncture treatment for headaches, it can be helpful to go more often. Some patients like to visit once a week, and others may even go a few times per week. This way, your energy flow won't get too out of whack between appointments, and each session will be a bit more effective. Once your headaches are not coming as frequently, you can cut back on the frequency of your visits a little.

Acupuncture has helped many patients move past their headaches, and it can help you do the same. Visit a site like for more information. Good luck.


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