many factors in TCM theory that may play a key role in
the root cause(s) of headaches. These include body
constitution, emotional health, excessive work, social
and exercise activities, improper diet, physical trauma
and pregnancy. Headaches can also be diagnosed
according to specific symptoms, times of occurrence,
location on the body, type of pain, triggers and
remedies which provide relief.
Acupuncture and TCM take a whole-body approach to
health. Your practitioner will take a detailed health
history, and perform a physical exam to determine how
and why your body’s vital energy, or Qi, is out of
balance, and what root causes are contributing to the
overall problem. During
treatment, in order to restore the balance and flow of
Qi, fine sterile needles will be inserted at specific
points along the meridian pathways. Based on your
unique symptoms, the acupuncturist will choose to
concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific
organs. Afterwards, a variety of self-care techniques
may be prescribed to further expedite your healing
What do you mean by Qi is out of balance?
important part of Acupuncture and TCM is the
concept of Qi. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is
the vital life energy that animates the body
and protects it from illness. It flows
through pathways called meridians, and
provides nourishment to all of the body’s
organs. When there is an imbalance or
blockage in the flow of Qi, physical
symptoms may result. Qi stagnation may be
the cause of your headaches.
important to remember that acupuncture is not a “quick
fix”. Changes may occur quickly or over a longer period
of time, depending upon your overall constitution and
health. It is important to closely follow the
recommendations suggested by your acupuncturist.
Whether it’s one visit to address a acute problem, or
several visits to address a chronic problem, your
acupuncturist will create a treatment protocol that will
maximize your healing potential.
a few ways that you can participate in your own healing,
by making simple lifestyle change that may help soothe
or even prevent head pain.
Track those triggers
keep track of when your headaches start. Migraine
sufferers may find it especially helpful to keep a diary
of symptoms and possible causes. Triggers might include
anything from eating chocolate, to anxiety or inhaling
specific smells. Pinpointing these triggers and
avoiding them when possible - could help.
puts a lot of strain on the body, and can contribute to
many types of health concerns, including headaches.
Talk to your practitioner about healthy ways to handle
stress, such as meditation or breathing techniques.
Physical activity is an
important part of any health lifestyle, and is a great
antidote to stress. Your doctor
can recommend types of exercises that may work best for
minor changes can make a big difference in your overall
health and vitality. Do your best to eat healthy,
organic foods, and make sure to get enough sleep every
Acupuncture and TCM provide an effective, natural
treatment for many different types of pain, including
headache pain. By working with your acupuncturist and
adopting some simple lifestyle changes, you’ll be on
your way towards a healthier, happier, pain-free life.