Do you suffer from headaches? Or migraines? Acupuncture might help you.
A recent proposal by the National Institution for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that current drugs for pain relief of chronic primary pain have little or no evidence that they work.
Their proposed guidelines suggest that acupuncture should be advised for clients who have pain which has no underlying condition. Examples include chronic widespread pain and chronic musculoskeletal pain, as well as conditions such as chronic pelvic pain.
Headaches and migraines could also fall under this classification. Indeed, the NHS already recommends acupuncture for the treatment of migraines.
So what does Chinese Medicine say about headaches?
As always, with Chinese Medicine, there is no one size fits all treatment for headaches. We recognise your pain or feeling is individual to you.
When we talk to you about your pain we are going to be asking:
What is the quality of the pain? A stabbing pain? Dull ache?
What makes it better or worse? Lying down? Pressure?
Where is the pain? Behind the eyes? Top of the head?
Is there a trigger for your headaches? Stress? Food? Tiredness?
Gathering this information allows your practitioner to provide a treatment which will be based on your individual headache.
So, based on this....what sort of headache do you think you might experience?
Mine are always behind my eyes, better for pressure, dull pain. I always think mine is Liver Blood deficiency.
If you experience headaches you might want to consider getting in touch with a local acupuncturist to discuss treatment options? Or always feel free to drop me an email to ask any questions.
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