At some point in life almost every person will experience a headache. For some they become chronic and can be incredibly debilitating.
Painkillers are the most common solution for headaches but have been linked to causing an array of other problems (https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/present-research/pain-2/).
Acupuncture is a proven therapy in treating numerous types of headaches, and is also used to effective in the prevention of recurrent headaches. Acupuncture works as well as conventional preventative medications and can reduce migraine frequency (https://www.cochrane.org/CD001218/SYMPT_acupuncture-preventing-migraine-attacks, https://www.cochrane.org/CD007587/SYMPT_acupuncture-tension-type-headache).
The U.K’s National Institute For Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture treatment for headaches.
Regardless of the ‘type’ of headache the aim of acupuncture is to normalise the flow of blood and qi in the head. The emphasis with acupuncture is on ensuring the free flow of energy and blood in the body, and therefore releasing physical and emotional blockages that cause pain.
The acupuncture treatment of stroke was first recorded in the first medical annals, “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine”, written over 2,000 years ago. In Chinese hospitals, they have specialist stroke recovery wards and usually start acupuncture for stroke within three days of the stroke, recognising that effective and timely intervention is essential for recovery from stroke.
Acupuncture can play a role in the rehabilitation from stroke alongside physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy.
The evidence supporting the role of acupuncture following stroke is re have been many studies from around the world that clearly demonstrated significant improvement with acupuncture and that patient’s get better faster and require less nursing and other rehabilitation therapy.
Acupuncture is not a replacement for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, or any other healing modality. Rather, it works as an important supplement to these other methods of healing and if treatment is well coordinated between practitioners the best result can be obtained for each individual.
Acupuncture can help with symptoms such as:
trigeminal neuralgia, dizziness, neuropathy