Headache & Migraine

Location of acu-point LI4 He Gu

uses include headaches & pain

(caution - not to be used if pregnant)

Tension headaches and migraines may worsen under stressful circumstances.  Currently, we are all experiencing changes to our routines.  If you already suffer from headaches they may well be aggravated.  Particularly, if you are unable to maintain your self-help regimes - such as attending your regular yoga class or acupuncture treatment.  From 6th July I am re-opening my acupuncture clinic in Carlisle and I am welcoming new patients.  To book contact me.

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Biomedical Interpretation of how acupuncture may help headaches

This information is a direct quotation from the British Acupuncture Council's research factsheet, Acupuncture and Headache, 2015.

"Acupuncture may help to relieve tension-type headache by:

  • increasing endorphins (Han 2004) and neuropeptide Y levels (Lee 2009), which can help to combat negative affective states;

  • stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz, 1987; Zhao 2008; Cheng 2009);

  • reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Zijlstra 2003; Kavoussi 2007);

  • increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling."