October 12, 2016

Headache & Migraine Treatment in Atlanta

Acupuncture for Migraines and Headaches

Headaches are a common condition that can significantly impact your quality of life. At Metro Acupuncture, we specialize in providing personalized and compassionate care to help our patients manage this condition effectively. Whether your headaches are due to an underlying health condition or medication or occur independently, we can help you find relief through our proven acupuncture treatments.

Our approach to treating headaches with acupuncture involves a comprehensive strategy that focuses on reducing the need for pain medication, lessening the frequency and intensity of your headaches, and improving your overall well-being. By addressing these three key areas, our patients often experience long-term relief from their symptoms and enjoy an improved quality of life.

Don’t let headaches disrupt your daily routine any longer. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our experienced acupuncture professionals and start your journey towards a pain-free life.

How does acupuncture help relieve headaches?

Cochrane-based review and randomized control trials suggest that acupuncture can help relieve headaches in several ways:

  1. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving chemicals produced by the body.
  2. It promotes blood flow and circulation, which can help reduce inflammation and alleviate muscle tension that can contribute to headaches.
  3. Acupuncture can help regulate the nervous system, which can help reduce stress and anxiety levels often associated with headaches.

By addressing these underlying factors, acupuncture can provide a safe, natural, and effective alternative to traditional pain medications for headache relief. Additionally, acupuncture can provide long-term relief by addressing the root cause of headaches rather than just masking the symptoms.

Why do we get migraines?

Migraines are a common and often debilitating condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Despite their prevalence, the exact cause of migraines is not fully understood. However, the National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stress believes that a combination of genetic and environmental factors can contribute to the development of migraines. This article will explore some of the most common causes and triggers of migraines.

Hormonal changes:

Many women experience migraines at certain times during their menstrual cycle. This suggests that hormonal changes may play a role in triggering migraines. Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, menopause, and the use of oral contraceptives can also trigger migraines.

Environmental factors:

Certain environmental factors can trigger migraines in some people. These may include bright lights, loud noises, strong smells, and changes in weather or altitude. Exposure to environmental toxins or pollutants can also trigger migraines.

Emotional triggers:

Stress, anxiety, and other emotional factors can trigger migraines in some people. Emotional triggers may be related to changes in the levels of stress hormones in the body, changes in neurotransmitter levels, or changes in blood flow to the brain.

Dietary factors:

Some foods and drinks can trigger migraines in some people. These may include alcohol, caffeine; chocolate, aged cheeses, processed meats, and foods containing the flavour enhancer MSG. Skipping meals or fasting can also trigger migraines.


Migraines tend to run in families, suggesting that there may be a genetic component to the condition. Researchers have identified several genes that may be involved in the development of migraines.

So does acupuncture cure headaches?

While a few patients may experience complete resolution of their symptoms following acupuncture treatment, acupuncture is a valuable pain management tool for most headache sufferers. Rather than seeking to eliminate their headaches, they rely on the expertise of a skilled acupuncturist to mitigate the frequency and severity of their symptoms, allowing them to lead fuller lives free from being constantly dictated by their headaches.

In addition, many patients are glad to have an alternative to medication for managing migraines. While remedies can be effective, they often come with side effects. Some people may not be able to take certain medications or may worry about developing dependence or other complications.

Acupuncture takes a holistic approach, examining how the entire body is impacted by and influences the occurrence of headaches. Over time and multiple sessions, patients can expect gradual improvement in their symptoms rather than immediate relief.

For individuals seeking a non-pharmaceutical solution to managing their headaches, acupuncture presents a promising avenue to explore.

Contact Us Today

Come to our Atlanta acupuncture practice, Metro Acupuncture, where we strive to improve your well-being. Contact us today at 404-255-8388 or click here to schedule an appointment online.

We’re happy to answer any questions and provide additional information.