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Did you know that one out of every six Americans experiences migraines or other types of severe headaches? If you have frequent, intense headaches, you know how head pain can ruin your day. You may have tried over-the-counter or prescription medications, but these interventions don't always work. Acupuncture is a natural part of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. Many people just like you have found pain relief through this ancient practice.
Here at Lok Acupuncture Clinic in Las Vegas, we see many patients whose headaches and migraines disrupt their lives. Here's what you need to know about headaches and migraines, and how acupuncture can help.
Although both headaches and migraines cause head pain, there is a difference between the two. Migraines are a specific type of severe headache that usually causes throbbing pain. Migraines often cause additional symptoms, such as nausea, sensitivity to sound and light, and seeing flashing lights, or auras. A migraine can last up to 72 hours.
Some types of headaches are no less painful. Sinus headaches cause pain and pressure along the sinus passages of the face. Tension headaches are very common, causing pain in the forehead and neck. Cluster headaches are short, frequent headaches that usually occur behind one eye.
Headaches and migraines have many causes. Often, headaches are genetic. Women also suffer from headaches and migraines more often than men. Other potential headache causes include:
Often, the cause of headaches and migraines is unknown. But no matter the cause, when you're in pain, you just want a treatment that works.
Scientific research has proven that acupuncture effectively treats headaches and migraines. A 2016 review published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews examined 22 studies done on acupuncture and migraines. Researchers found that acupuncture is effective at reducing the frequency of migraine headaches.
How does acupuncture work? A professionally trained acupuncturist inserts thin needles at specific points in your body. This balances your body's natural energy, also known as chi, effectively relieving your pain. It is a method that has been practiced for thousands of years for a variety of medical conditions as well as headache & migraine treatment.
If you have any questions about how acupuncture can help you, call Lok Acupuncture Clinic in Las Vegas at (702)732-0178. Dr. Peter Lok has been practicing acupuncture in Las Vegas for more than 35 years.