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 toward 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:  

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving chemicals produced by the body.  

It promotes blood flow and circulation, which can help reduce inflammation and alleviate muscle tension that can contribute to headaches.  

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 Disorders and Stress states 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. These changes in hormonal levels 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 flavor enhancers. 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?  

Patients can experience complete resolution of their symptoms following a series of acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is a valuable pain management tool for most headache and migraine sufferers. Other patients may not experience total elimination of their head pain. Still, they do have a decrease in the frequency, severity, and duration 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 headaches and migraines. While pharmaceutical remedies can be effective, they often come with side effects.

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.

We look forward to helping you experience pain relief with acupuncture. We are near Northside Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, and many neurologists’ offices in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. We are easily accessible via GA State Route 400 and Interstate 285. You can book your initial acupuncture treatment today, and we look forward to helping you feel better. 


How does acupuncture help reduce headaches and migraines? Acupuncture modulates pain pathways, releases endorphins, and regulates neurochemicals. Scientifically, it enhances blood flow, mitigates inflammation, and influences neural signaling, offering relief for headaches and migraines. 

Will acupuncture help with my headaches and migraines? At Metro Acupuncture, we understand the debilitating effects of migraines and headaches. Our acupuncture treatments are designed to reduce the frequency, duration, and intensity of various types of headaches, including tension, sinus, cluster, hypnic, and primary headaches. Most patients experience significant improvement in their condition within four to six treatments.