Oh My Aching Head!
The pain that headache and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives. Traditional Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine) has a very consistent and philosophically-based framework for headache etiology, physiology, diagnosis and treatment strategy. 
Acupuncture is an effective treatment modality and a widely accepted form of treatment.  Acupuncture is not only effective for migraine headaches, but also works very well with tension headaches, cluster headaches, post-traumatic headaches, and disease-related headaches that might be due to sinus problems, high blood pressure or sleeping disorders. 

Pins and Needles Relieve Pain
Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical techniques in the world, practiced in China for over 2,000 years. Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment that involves stimulating points on the human body with fine, hair-thin needles to encourage the body to heal itself. It is a FDA-approved treatment modality for a number of illnesses, especially pain management and chronic pain, and is particularly effective in treating migraines.  
The National Institutes of Health recommended acupuncture as a viable treatment for chronic headaches a decade ago and according to a new analysis conducted by Duke University Medical Center researchers, acupuncture is more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches.  Acupuncture can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause.  

Current  Research
Current research on acupuncture has identified the following 6 mechanisms:  1) Acupuncture promotes blood flow-restoring proper blood flow is vial to promoting and maintaining health. 2) Acupuncture stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms. 3) Acupuncture releases natural painkillers such as endorphins and norepinephrine. 4) Acupuncture reduces both the intensity and perception of chronic pain. 5) Acupuncture relaxes muscles-which in turn releases pressure on joint structures and nerves. 6) Acupuncture reduces stress by stimulating the release of oxytocin and seratonin.  

Help is near!
There are acupuncturists that specialize in the treatment of headaches and migraines and can help you manage your pain with acupuncture and Chinese herbs alone, or as part of a comprehensive treatment program.

Shawna E.M. Snyder graduated with a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston, MA, a 4-year program.  Shawna is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is licensed as a Doctor of Acupuncture by the State of Rhode Island through the department of health.

Acupuncture Helps Relieve Headaches
By Shawna E.M. Snyder, D.Ac., M.A.O.M.
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