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Acupuncture or Acupressure Cure Your Headaches

by Justice Smith / Aug 12, 2017 / category : headache / 9944 views
Acupuncture or Acupressure Cure Your Headaches

Acupuncture or acupressure
Another option that many people use to combat chronic headache or migraine problems is acupuncture or the closely related acupressure, both of which can be used very effectively to deal with problems of this nature.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine which involves the insertion of needles into the body at various different points as a way of relieving pain or dealing with certain medical problems. The basis of acupuncture is that according to the original Chinese concept, there are various meridians or channels throughout the body along which your ‘qi’ or vital energy flows, and sometimes these meridians become blocked.

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Hence, by inserting needles into the various different acupuncture points, these blockages can be removed and as a consequence, your vital energy is rebalanced or restored to its proper state:

Modern Western medicine has a slightly ambivalent relationship with acupuncture because whilst there is no basis in modern biomedical beliefs for the concept of meridians and vital energy, nevertheless, acupuncture is generally accepted in the West as a viable method of treating many different conditions including headaches and migraine.

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In fact, many Western doctors now accept acupuncture as a valuable way of dealing with many medical conditions, so much so that many include acupuncture in their recommended treatment regimes.

Perhaps as a consequence of this wider acceptance of acupuncture, it is relatively easy to find licensed practitioners in almost every city in the West. If therefore you are a chronic headache sufferer, it might be worth trying to use Google maps to find a local acupuncture specialist.

In acupuncture, head problems including headaches are generally dealt with by inserting needles to stimulate what are known as the hé gǔ points, which requires the insertion of needles into the webbing between your thumb and the palm of your hand. These particular points are considered to be the most important when it comes to dealing with problems related to the head and face.

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For this particular headache treatment to take place, the patient should recline in comfort before the acupuncturist sterilizes the area where the needles are to be inserted. After this, he or she will puncture the skin to a depth of 3 to 5 mm until the patient feels a characteristic ‘twinge’ that is associated with ‘hitting the blockage’.

The needles are then left in place for 15 to 20 minutes, during which most patients report a pleasant tingling and a feeling of extreme relaxation, as well as a marked diminution in the pain that they are feeling in the head.

One common misconception about acupuncture (and one that would perhaps put many people off) is the idea that having acupuncture needles inserted into your body is painful. In truth however, because the needles that are used for acupuncture are many times finer than those used with hypodermic syringes (remember, the acupuncture needle does not need to have a hollow centre to inject medicine), having needles inserted is almost completely painless and certainly nothing when compared to the pain of your headaches!

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Nevertheless, even though the insertion of acupuncture needles is generally painless and if anything pleasant, it is a fact that some people still have a phobia of needles.

If so, even this should not necessarily prevent you taking advantage of acupuncture because it is increasingly common nowadays for acupuncturists to use electro-acupuncture, where electrical probes are attached to the skin to send a pulse of electrical energy to ‘unblock the meridian’, rather than inserting needles.

Undoubtedly, some people will find this form of treatment far more pleasant and less scary than traditional acupuncture, so you might want to try to find someone who can practice electro-acupuncture rather than the more traditional needle-based form if acupuncture appeals to you but needles don’t.

Another option to consider is acupressure, where pressure is applied to various points on the body using the hands, fingers or even the elbows to do a very similar thing as you are doing when practicing acupuncture. The pressure is applied to the same acupoints as would be the needles or electric probes in acupuncture to achieve the same results, unblocking the meridians to allow the vital energy flow to be restored as a way of reducing your headache pain.

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One great thing about using acupressure is that, once you are aware of the presence and importance of the hé gǔ points as far as traditional Chinese medicine is concerned, it is very easy for you to manipulate this particular area of the body yourself.

If you have ever massaged the webbed area between your thumb and the palm of your hand whilst you are suffering a headache, you may have noticed that it does seem to help to reduce the pain. Now you understand why this should be so and why massaging this particular area of your hand might be a big help the next time you suffer a chronic tension type headache or migraine.

Most people who suffer from chronic tension type headaches also find that massaging their own temples, the sockets next to their eyes and the back of their neck helps to relieve their headache as well, which gives you a clue to another effective way of dealing with or minimizing the adverse effects of headaches naturally.

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