Chronic headaches affect people worldwide. Migraine headaches alone are said to plague more than 38 million men, women and children in the United States. Surprisingly the vast majority do not seek medicinal options for migraine relief. For those that do, many put off or choose not to take their migraine medicine at all because of the negative side effects.
Serving Arlington Heights, Mt Prospect, Rolling Meadows and surrounding suburbs since 1981 First Health’s Center for Integrative Medicine is proud to offer our patients First Health’s Acupuncture Clinic. Here Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including employing acupuncture for migraine relief is offered as an ancient and effective form of migraine management. Our Arlington Heights acupuncture clinic is led by author, researcher and professor, Arlington Heights acupuncturist Yu Zhu, MD (China). Dr Zhu has more than 30 years clinical experience and over 23 years as a TCM professor at Gansu College a leading Chinese medical school. In addition to migraine relief she treats an array of conditions including general pain management.
While avoiding medicines altogether might not be feasible, there are complementary and alternative migraine relief treatments to consider. Traditional Chinese Medicine and the use of acupuncture for headaches including migraines can reduce the dependency on medicines. This CNN story discusses the growing evidence that acupuncture for migraines can be effective.
The Chinese have been using acupuncture for headache management for centuries. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), views the body as a complex system of energy channels, or meridians. TCM focuses on identifying disharmony and imbalance in these channels that can lead to disease and chronic illness.
The qi (pronounced chee), vital energy or life force, that travels through these meridians can become blocked or overstimulated. Acupuncturists believe this is a result of stress or internal emotions, environmental factors, or poor lifestyle habits (diet, addiction, lack of exercise). The goal of employing acupuncture for migraine treatment is to restore the balance and harmony to the qi creating a state of health.
Using Acupuncture for Migraine Relief
Acupuncture is a system within TCM in which very slender, sterilized needles are inserted into the body’s meridians or energy channels. During an episode, using acupuncture for migraine relief can dramatically reduce the pain. By strategically inserting the needles into points of the body that will restore balance to the energy flow. When done properly acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In the hands of a skilled practitioner the use of acupuncture for headaches has an immediate and lasting effect.
Using Acupuncture for Headaches Reduces Stress that often Triggers Headaches
One of the most common triggers of headache is stress, thus reducing stress is an important part of managing all headaches, including migraines. The theory behind employing acupuncture for headaches is that it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.
This in turn tells your body to relax, so that it is in harmony with the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for your “fight or flight” response to stressful situations. Using acupuncture for headache relief and management works because it also relieves tension in the muscles often associated with headaches, such as the neck and upper back.
Arlington Heights acupuncturist Dr. Yu Zhu, director of First Health’s Acupuncture Clinic, has more than 30 years of experience helping patients seeking a more natural approach for migraine relief. Dr. Zhu’s expertise, wisdom and compassion are the hallmarks of her treatment that foster a caring and trusting relationship with her patients.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are effective in treating a variety of conditions. Arlington Heights acupuncturist Yu Zhu, LAc, MD(China) has made First Health’s Arlington Heights Acupuncture Clinic a top rated facility in the Chicagoland area.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has provided the best integrative medical care in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. The use of acupuncture for headaches is one form of headache relief offered at our Arlington Heights Headache Clinic. In addition conventional medical headache treatment is rendered by our headache specialist Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPM&R, employing prescription medications including preventive pharmaceuticals, abortive pharmaceuticals and the newest FDA approved treatment using botox for migraine management. Conveniently located off I-90, near Golf and Arlington Heights Roads First Health serves patients from Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines.
Meet Arlington Heights Acupuncturist Dr. Yu Zhu, LAc, MD(China) – Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Arlington Heights