If you are suffering from headaches, you can find some consolation from the fact that around three quarters (75%) of Americans suffer from headaches as well. You’d be surprised to know that even with the huge advancements in Western medical science there is still no real cure for headaches. You may be fortunate to find a medication that can provide you with significant relief that doesn’t have too many of the side effects most headache drugs have. However, you may be one of the unlucky ones who possess a headache that does not respond to any drug at all. You may be unaware that that there is another alternative that may prove more powerful in relieving headaches than any medication can offer. That alternative is acupuncture. The fact is millions of people with persistent headaches have already been cured of their problem by acupuncture. It may not matter whether you’ve been suffering from headaches for the past few weeks or for decades, acupuncture can be the only and/or best solution for your headache problems.
How Does Acupuncture Treat Headaches?
Acupuncture not only treats the headache pain, it also resolves its root cause. Traditional Chinese medicine which acupuncture is a part of, resolves the underlying problem, which is an existent imbalance in the body that generates the headache. People often attribute the cause of their headache to too much stress. That is partly correct. Stress contributes hugely to the development of headaches but even with stress, headaches still cannot develop if there are no internal imbalances plaguing your body. One can say that the wind, for example, is the force that knocks down trees during powerful storms. But it is usually the weak and sick trees that get uprooted while healthy trees can be strong enough to withstand the storms. Healthy people are able to repel diseases much better than sick unhealthy people. Stress is like the storm, if the person is healthy and does not have any internal imbalance, it would not be able to trigger health conditions such as a headache. Acupuncture is a way to make the patient’s body function much better that can allow him to become healthier and his body more flexible and resistant to disease.
How Does Acupuncture Boost a Person’s Health?
People sometimes find it hard to imagine that inserting thin needles into a person’s body can provide pain relief to a person or make him improve his health. Acupuncture points scattered throughout the body can be like an electric circuit that can influence the function the organ systems of the body. Thousands of years ago, the Chinese discovered that stimulating certain points, known as acupuncture points, usually located on the legs and arms, conveys signals to specific organs. When the needles are manipulated in a specified manner by an acupuncturist, they act like a dimmer switch, and can affect the kind of signal that is transmitted.
The question then is, how would you know what organ to heal and/or what signal to send for a certain type of symptom or disease? These questions traditional Chinese medicine have great answers to. A disease caused by a certain imbalance can be treated by applying acupuncture treatment using a combination of acupuncture points. When referring to headaches, 20 different imbalances are known to help trigger various kinds of headaches. Some headaches include severe migraines with light sensitivity and auras, some involve, daily persistent mild headaches, some may be achy dull pain in the back of the head, and some headaches may feel like a stabbing sharp pain to the temples. These are just a few of the headache types that a person may experience. The acupuncturist needs to first identify the imbalance that is causing the particular headache. Then he needs to formulate a plan of treatment that properly rectifies the imbalance. Finally, he inserts the needles into the affected meridians using skill and precision to correctly stimulate the affected organs in order to get the desired outcomes.
How long do the benefits of Acupuncture last?
More often than not, the benefits last for a long time and there are patients who haven’t returned for a follow-up treatment since they have nothing to complain about anymore. There are other patients who return for tune-ups when they think they need one. Basically, the body preserves the benefits and adopts them as their new way of functioning. Well, this is quite logical since the body starts out healthy to begin with and when it encounters imbalances that result in symptoms and disease, acupuncture merely returns the body back into its original state of balance and health that can last for a long time, sometimes even permanently.
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