The British Medical Journal recently published a positive report about the effectiveness of acupuncture for people suffering headaches. "People using acupuncture had fewer headaches, less severe headaches and they used less health resources over the course of the following year," Dr. Andrew Vickers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In a randomized study of 401 patients who got headaches several days per week, patients who received 12 acupuncture treatments in three months reduced the frequency and severity of headaches, took 15% less medication, made 25% less visits to their doctor and took less sick days when compared to the other group who didn't receive acupuncture. The reduction of medication and medical office visits made acupuncture a much more cost effective alternative. At Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, we are very successful at treating people for headaches, because we use Chinese herbal medicine instead of prescription or over the counter medications that treat the root cause of headaches. Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. and Jessica Silver, L.Ac. successfully treat acute sharp painful headaches, chronic dull achy headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, and menstrual headaches. Most patients feel immediate relief after treatment.
How does it work?
There is a saying in Chinese medicine, "Where there is pain, there is no free flow and where there is free flow there is no pain." The free flow is of Blood and Qi (pronounced "chee"). What is Qi? Click here to find out. Health is when Qi and Blood flow smoothly throughout the body to nourish, heal and balance. Your practitioner will spend a considerable amount of time with you during your first visit to discover where your Qi and Blood are stagnated or out of balance and why. The where and why are called a pattern of energetic disharmony. The acupuncture points and herbs chosen are appropriate to balancing your unique pattern of disharmony. Every person is different so you will be treated based upon your individual pattern. In cases of sharp headache pain, the pattern may be excess Qi and Blood in the head so your practitioner will insert needles to move out the excess, thus relieving pain. Another pattern common to headache patients is that there is not enough Qi or Blood to circulating into the head. Therefore the treatment strategy would be to build, nourish and circulate Qi and Blood. These are just a few common clinical patterns which may cause headache pain.
How many visits will I need?
Patients who walk in with an acute headache usually leave without one. Treatment plans vary according to the pattern of disharmony. Your practitioner will give you a tailored treatment plan during your first visit. Live Headache Free Now, Call To Schedule an Appointment Today. (212) 894.0767
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"Juliette treated me for digestive system problems I was having in pregnancy. She helped me to develop a diet plan that kept me well-nourished while also completely alleviating all my symptoms. When I fell off the wagon on occasion, her acupuncture treatments solved the problem. Juliette listens carefully, and adjusts her treatment plan to meet her patients' individual needs. I have recommended her many times to other pregnant friends."