Acupuncture Santa Cruz of Capitola
The Treatment of Headaches & Migraines
Adam White, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., M.T.C.M.
4895 Capitola Rd., Capitola, CA
Headaches, Migraines, and Dizziness
The National Institutes of Medicine reported that acupuncture is an effective tool for the elimination of headaches and migraines (NIH Consensus Statement, v15, #5, 1997; p19). Acupuncture care is both comfortable and relaxing and takes about 15 to 45 minutes per session. For over 15 years at my Capitola location, my patients have enjoyed recovering from recurrent headaches.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been successfully used to treat headaches, migraines, and dizziness for over a thousand years. Modern research now recognizes this fact in a multitude of studies. Chinese medicine treats many forms of headaches, migraines, and dizziness. Those caused by pinched nerves, stress, sinus and ear infections, trauma, and auto-immune disorders are treatable with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Chinese medicine also recognizes headaches, migraines, and dizziness caused by Qi and Blood deficiency. In western terms, Qi and Blood deficiency are forms of low energy and weakness in the body’s general constitution that can lead to headaches. Utilizing the tonic properties of Chinese Medicine, I fortify the patient’s constitution to eliminate the condition.
Another diagnostic application for this condition is Qi stagnation. Qi stagnation headaches and migraines are characterized by a variety of symptoms. This type of pain comes and goes and often moves to different locations. It is common to lodge in the back of the neck, side of the head, or behind the eyes. In severe cases, nausea and dizziness are present. Irritability, sensitivity to light, and waking up between 1:00 – 3:00 am are commonly associated with this syndrome. Acupuncture is well suited to resolve this condition. I use a special acupuncture technique to move the Qi (energy) through the acupuncture channels often resulting in immediate relief. With follow-up care, a long-standing illness of this nature can be resolved permanently. In cases where a history of neck injury affecting the spine and nerves combines with Qi stagnation, acupuncture can eliminate the pain and/or dizziness and can prevent further flare-ups with a few follow-up visits per year.
Dizziness often presents without headaches. Qi and Blood deficiency and Qi stagnation may be the source and acupuncture & herbal medicine are highly effective. In cases of inner ear fluid congestion, acupuncture can quickly dry the turbid fluids from the interior and restore normal balance. Acupuncture is also beneficial in the treatment of positional vertigo. This is the type of dizziness that occurs when the head is placed a specific position. In western terms this is usually called BPV (benign positional vertigo) and is associated with conditions such as inner ear disorders and nerve inflammation. In Chinese medicine, this is readily treatable with acupuncture and typically responds quickly. Interestingly, herbal medicine combined with acupuncture is very successful in the treatment of Ménière’s disease. This disease of the inner ear causes vertigo, tinnitus (ear ringing), and sometimes hearing loss or deafness. Chinese medicine has a solid track record for over 800 years for successful treatment of this disorder. In some forms of this disorder, a very special herbal formula called Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang combined with a few acupuncture visits is enough to eliminate this disorder.
The treatment of headaches, migraines, and dizziness has been successful with acupuncture for a very long time. The clinical track record is solid and modern research supports treatment. If you, or anyone you know, suffers from these ailments, have them call me at my office to discuss medical options. My patients who have overcome these disorders look and feel very differently about their lives once they leave the pain and suffering behind. I enjoy the look on their faces when they are no longer facing or even dreading the next flare-up. What a difference!