7 Good Reasons to try it!!
Pain from headaches and migraines debilitates and affects 45 million Americans. Are you one of them? How many people do you know who are? Help is here!
Western medicine offers strong drugs to mask and relieve symptoms… but why aren’t we talking about treating root cause? Is there a cure? Is there a way to alleviate the discomfort and concessions headache suffers endure? I think so!
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM). Successfully used for over 5000 years, there has to be something to its standing the test of time. Clinical studies and research strongly advocate TCM for headache reduction, management and often cure. Yes, it is possible! Patients need to be informed and educated on alternative treatment protocols so they have the knowledge to select the best course of action for themselves.
This does not replace professional care, but allows you to seek results, not Band-Aids.
Your quality of life is at stake. And can be improved.
No one likes to tell their friends or family...”I can’t today, I have a headache.’” That carries an emotional as well as physical burden.
Western medicine as we know it is approximately 200 years old. Pharmaceuticals offer relief, but only till the next headache, and the side effects on your liver and kidneys is extreme. Read the warning sheet from the pharmacy. It will help you take action.
Headaches and migraines stem from stress, hormonal, neurological, and structural or alignment imbalances, fatigue, weather changes, chemical or food sensitivities or alcohol.
Seven Reasons TCM works!
1. Acupuncture promotes blood flow and increases circulation. This creates dilation of blood vessels. Blood flow brings energy, nutrition and nourishment to the brain, muscles, nerves and ligaments. If they are “nourished”, they have more power and support to “stay strong,” without causing problems!
2. Acupuncture removes blockages, pressure, excesses, and stagnation-you may know it as that sharp, stabbing pain knifing through your head, temples or back of the neck. When blood is allowed to flow these blockages reduce. They are removed and cleared so that homeostasis (state of balance or harmony) is achieved.
3. TCM reduces stress and alleviates fatigue.
4. TCM balances hormones benefiting the endocrine system. Thousands of women suffer from hormonal headaches and many teens experience headaches at the onset of puberty. There is no need for our daughter to suffer all of their lives. No need for you to suffer either!
5. TCM often stabilizes some of the neurological aspects causing pain.
6. What can TCM do about the food, environmental and chemical sensitivities…simple—reduce them…by supporting your immune system. A strong immune system is less sensitive.
Your TCM practitioner uses your signs and symptoms, history, triggers, nature of the pain, frequency and duration of pain and other health factors to arrive at your unique pattern of disease. MSG, nitrate and alcohol triggers can be part of a specialized allergy elimination process called NAET. Not all acupuncturists are certified in this. It is very effective and I have been treating allergies using NAET (Nambutripad Allergy Elimination Treatment) for over 13 years. It is not for everybody- you may or may not need it, but it is worth checking out!
A treatment plan and protocol designed that will bring your entire body into balance. It is not just about your head! We consider the whole of you! The site of the pain may not be the origin or the root… this is what we look for vs. Western treatment.
7. Chinese herbal medicine alleviates pain, improves circulation without the side effects of western pharmaceuticals. Chinese are understated and under reported for the tremendous effectiveness they have.
How many treatments?
The number varies person to person. Usually 8 to 12 treatments are recommended to best assess the effectiveness for you. The severity, frequency, and duration are considered in your overall diagnosis so that the appropriate frequency can be recommended for best results.
Committing to a series of treatments can produce results lasting 6 months or longer. Again, everyone is unique so results do vary.
Generally, success is achieved in the high majority of cases.

Research supports TCM- in a big way!
The British Medical Journal (March 15, 2004) conducted a study of chronic headache patients who were given 12 acupuncture treatments. A year later, researchers found that those who received the acupuncture:
• Experienced 22 fewer days with headaches.
• Used 15% less medication.
• Made 25 % fewer visits to their doctor.
• Took 15% fewer days off sick from work (Web Med, Jennifer Warren, 2004).
• Data suggests that in about half of patients, acupuncture decreased the frequency of migraines or frequent tension-type headaches by 50%.
Acupuncture has fewer side effects compared with drug treatments. In 4 specific trials patients reported greater improvements as well as fewer side effects.
• In a case study, published in the June 2003 issue of Medical Acupuncture, acupuncture resulted in the resolution or reduction in the frequency and severity of cluster headaches, and a decrease or discontinuation of medications. Acupuncture conclusively can be used to provide sustained relief from cluster headaches and to stimulate adrenal cortisol to aid in discontinuing corticosteroids.
• A March, 2008 journal, Headache confirms that acupuncture significantly reduces migraines and works better than drugs alone.
A randomized controlled trial in Germany found that acupuncture cut tension headache rates almost in half.
IF not now, When?
Improve your quality of life, alleviate your pain and start enjoying the reasons you were put on this earth! Many insurance companies do cover acupuncture so check with your carrier… you may be pleasantly surprised in more ways than one. Do it for yourself, your family and to protect your future health.
Treat the root; don’t just mask the symptoms…. You’re missing out on too much.
This is a call to action. Make it a priority.
What are your thoughts? Can you handle the relief and joy of being pain free?!

Author's Bio: 

A gentle and caring practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal Medicine for 15 years.
PhD in Holistic Nutrition.

Author of "Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Women's Health: Bridging the Gap Between Western and Eastern Medicine."