October 12, 2016

Headaches

Acupuncture for Migraines and Headaches

Experiencing an occasional headache can be part of life. Daily headaches or migraines interfere with our ability to function at our best. For some patients with chronic headaches, medications are the answer; however, no medicine is without side effects. If medications are not working as well as they used to, acupuncture is often an effective treatment. Our practitioners have helped hundreds of patients who have been diagnosed with chronic migraines and headaches. It has been our clinical experience that acupuncture treatments can reduce the intensity, duration, and frequency of headaches and migraines.

Robert B. Kelly, MD of Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio published an investigative article regarding acupuncture for the treatment of pain including headaches in the September 1, 2009 issue of American Family Physician. In this article, Dr. Kelly reports that scientific studies show that acupuncture for the treatment of chronic idiopathic headaches and migraines earned a grade “A” evidence rating. This means that acupuncture for the treatment of headaches and migraines is effective and safe. The references are listed below. To find out more about how acupuncture can be helpful to you, please feel free to give us a call at 404-255-8388.

Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines References

  1. Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, Manheimer E, Vickers A, White AR, Acupuncture for tension-type headache. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009;(1):CD007587.
  2. Coeytaux RR, Kaufman JS, Kaptchuk TJ, et al. A randomized, controlled trial of acupuncture for chronic daily headache. Headache. 2005;45(9):1113-1123.
  3. Vickers AJ, Rees RW, Zollman CE, et al. Acupuncture of chronic headaches disorders in primary care: randomized controlled trail and economic analysis. Health Technol Assess. 2004;8 (48):iii, 1-35.
  4. Alecrim-Andrade J. Maciel-Júnior JA, Carnè X, Severino Vasconcelos GM, Correa-Filho HR. Acupuncture in migraine prevention: a randomized sham controlled study with 6-months posttreatment follow up. Clin J Pain. 2008;24(2):98-105.
  5. Streng A, Linde K, Hoppe A, et al. Effectiveness and tolerability of acupuncture compared with metoprolol in migraine prophylaxis. Headache. 2006;46(10):1492-1502.