Headaches & Migraine

August 19th, 2015 /

About headaches and migraines

Headaches can range in severity from a mere annoyance to debilitating pain and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensory or visual disturbances, as in migraine. They are the result of tension or stretching of the membranes that surround the brain and of the blood vessels and muscles of the scalp. However painful, they are not usually a sign of any serious underlying disorder.



The most common triggers for headaches include alcohol (hangover) and drugs, allergies, dental problems, eyestrain, head injuries, fever, neck and spine problems including poor posture, depression, anxiety, stress, sinusitis, weather conditions, and a poor design in the work environment. Some women experience headaches as a side effect of the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Very occasionally, they may have a more serious cause such as hypertension, brain tumour, temporal arteritis, (inflammation of the arteries in the neck, face and scalp) or aneurysm (ballooning of a blood vessel) in the brain. Chronic headaches should always be reported to your medical doctor to establish their cause.



Acupuncture is a holistic approach to medicine, where the aim of the treatment is not only to cure health problems but to balance the body, which has the effect of strengthening the immune system and preventing other illness form getting a foothold.


Much of the acupuncture consultation will be dedicated to a detailed system of TCM diagnosis (Traditional Chinese Medicine).


Successful acupuncture treatment depends on an accurate TCM diagnosis, so the initial consultation begins with typical questions such as: Your complete medical history, the symptoms you are experiencing, any pain you have had or are suffering from and what makes it feel better or worse, your sleep patterns, whether you experience any sensations of hot or cold, and whether you experience dizziness, what you’re eating habits are, bowel movements and family health history.


During the consultation the acupuncturist will also note certain observations, such as: posture, facial colour, facial expression, the brightness of your eyes or lack of, for example: a white face is linked to disharmony within the body or cold deficiency syndromes, a yellow complexion is related to dampness and a red complexion is a sign of excess heat syndrome.



The tongue is looked at and the pulse is taken and again this is done according to TCM principles. The colour, shape and coating of the tongue can reveal many patterns of illness and the pulse can give an indication of how individual organs are working in the body and whether they are underactive or overactive and whether your body is in a state of excess or deficiency.


Once the initial consultation is complete a TCM diagnosis is formed and from this diagnosis acupuncture point selection is then possible.

The length of treatment will depend on several factors, such as: the type of illness you have and its duration i.e. chronic or acute, your age, your individual healing abilities, how well you respond to acupuncture and whether you can avoid the conditions/cause of your presenting health issue. However many people can feel a difference in their health with only one or two appointments, but in general you should see some improvements after 3-4 treatments.



Because everyone is an individual, response times to acupuncture can vary, for example. After your first acupuncture appointment you may feel no improvement in your presenting complaint, however many people feel sleepy, revitalized, or sometimes a little spaced out after treatment. You can also feel an immediate improvement after acupuncture; alternatively you can feel a little worse, before you start to feel better. Acupuncture can bring emotional, mental and physical problems to the surface, however this is a positive sign so don’t worry about it. As with any treatment, complete recovery takes time and patience. For more information on what to expect from acupuncture treatment please refer to our FAQ page.



A case of headache.

Kim H. Age 39. Presented to the clinic complaining of persistent headaches that would start at the occipital of the head and progress from there, the headaches would typically last for hours to days and cause her neck to stiffen and become painful and then spread down her back making it difficult to bend down, sit or do any kind of exercise. Kim had heard from a friend that acupuncture treatment can be very successful for treating headaches, so she made her first acupuncture appointment.


Kim’s treatment consisted of 2 acupuncture treatments per week for 2 weeks and then weekly for another 4 weeks, at the end of each session Bowen therapy was done along the course of her back and neck. Kim felt an improvement after her first session and continued to improve with every appointment. By the last appointment Kim was 100% pain free. Kim’s headaches started to return after 6 months, so she booked another acupuncture appointment and after two sessions she was again pain free. Kim now has acupuncture every 5 to 6 months and finds that this regime completely eliminates her headaches, neck pain and back pain. Kim has now been pain free for 2 years. 



Regardless of your medically diagnosed condition natural medicine has something to offer.

If you would like to find out if acupuncture can help your health and wellbeing then call, 94781415 or email us via our contact page to discuss your requirements or to find out more about acupuncture please go to our FAQs page. Alternatively give acupuncture a try and make an appointment now.

 Best of health.

Paul Neilson CMP. L.Ac. ND. DHM.




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