Acupuncture for Headaches
Headache is about the most common pain we all experience. Stat reveals that, every 10 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the emergency room for a headache or migraine. Headaches are continuous and generalized pains felt from front to back or all around the head; they are generally less severe than migraines. Although stress is the most common cause, arthritis of the neck may also cause such a headache. Tension headaches are often experienced by migraine sufferers, and a combined form of headache exists.
Types of Headaches
Headaches can be classified into two broad categories; Primary and Secondary Headaches. The primary ones include tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches. While the Secondary headaches are caused by other medical conditions such as sinus disease, allergies, dental disorders, head injury or brain tumors. Primary headaches can be effectively treated with acupuncture.
- Food: The most important factor that triggers headache and migraines is the food we eat. Here, tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and fermented foods contribute a lot.
- Hormonal Change– This is the reason two-third of women experience extreme headaches during the time or just before the onset of periods. Migraines become more common after the onset of puberty and gradually decrease after menopause.
- Other Causes– Stress, tension, work pressure, sleeping disorders and changed atmospheric pressure may also lead to severe headache and nausea.
Acupuncture Points to Relieve Headaches
Acupuncture can be effective in treating headaches associated with tension, work pressure and stress. Basically the region of focus for acupuncture includes:
1. Forehead Region
Third Eye Point: This point is located just between the two eyebrows where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead. Applying pressure on this region helps in improving concentration, reliving eye strain, headaches, and ulcer pains. Apply pressure for one minute and then move to the next point.
Bright Light: This point is situated in the inner corner of the eyes just below the eyebrows. Applying pressure at these points works excellent in relieving sinus headaches and allergy symptoms. In addition, it also helps in improving vision. Apply pressure for 1 minute on both sides.
2. Temple Region
In the temple region there are a chain of points that curl around the ear starting from the top of the ear and are situated just one finger width from the ear. All these points have to be worked simultaneously for effective results.
3. Face Region
Welcome Fragrance: This points are located both sides of the nostril. Applying pressure on these points helps in opening sinuses and reducing tension headaches.
4. Neck Region
Wind Pool: This point is located at the back of the head, halfway between your ear and spine; between the two muscles that come together. Applying pressure at Wind Pool helps in unblocking nasal congestion, relieving pain in eyes, ears, throat, headaches and migraines.
Shoulder Well: This point is located at the edge of the Shoulder halfway between the point of your shoulder and the base of your neck. Applying pressure on this point helps in reducing stiffness of neck and shoulders and relieving neck pain. It also helps in relieving other ailments like asthma and spasms.
Heaven’s Pillar: This point is located 2 fingers below the base of the skull on the rope like muscles present on both sides of the spine. Applying pressure on this point helps in relieving aches at the back of the head, neck pains, eyestrain, stress, insomnia and stiff neck. Stimulating the Heaven’s Pillar also helps in cough relief.
Union Valley: This point is located in the web between your thumb and index finger. Applying pressure on this point helps in relieving back pain, frontal headaches, tooth ache and releasing tension from neck and head.
Moving Between: This point is located in the valley between the big and the second toe. Applying pressure on this point helps in relieving headaches, tiredness of eye, arthritis and foot cramps.