Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back 4000 years. TCM believes in maintaining harmony between man and the world, a perfect harmony between opposing forces in nature, known as the Yin and the Yang. TCM incorporates acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutrition. Illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect. The pain that headache and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives. Acupuncture can offer powerful relief from headache without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause.
Traditional Chinese Medicine does not recognize migraines and recurring headaches as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual. Therefore, the diagnosis and treatment will depend on a number of variables. Acupuncture points to treat headaches are located all over the body. During the acupuncture treatment, tiny needles will be placed just slightly under the skin and retained for 15-30 minutes. The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.