There are four types of headache: vascular, muscle contraction (tension), traction, and inflammatory. The most common type of vascular headache is migraine. Migraine headaches are usually characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head, an upset stomach, and, at times, disturbed vision. Women are more likely than men to have migraine headaches.
Chinese Medicine is clinically effective and widely used for the treatment of headaches and related conditions. Our methods of diagnosis and treatment is from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective. Our goal is to bring back to a more harmonious state of health. Treating headache will have an effect upon the patient's body and mind. Acupuncture treatment protocols are offered for each condition along with lifestyle considerations or herbal medicine. Properly performed acupuncture is a safe procedure without side effects. Research provides evidence that begins to offer plausible mechanisms for acupuncture treatment. Multiple research approaches have shown that acupuncture activates endogenous opioid mechanisms. Recent data, obtained by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), suggest that acupuncture has regionally specific, quantifiable effects on relevant brain structures.