HEADACHE

haMost likely you have experienced a headache– feels something like a sharp pain, dull ache, or a throbbing sensation anywhere on the head.  Causes of headaches vary as broadly as the types of people who get headaches but they are typically categorized as primary or secondary headaches.

Primary Headache: these headaches are caused by structural or physiological processes, not an underlying disease.  Chemical brain activity, blood vessels and muscles of the head and neck may all contribute.  These types of headaches can be tension headaches, cluster headache, migraine, chronic daily headache and exercise headaches (click here to read our migraine blog).

Causal culprits for primary headaches may include:

  • Red Wine
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Skipped meals or processes meats with nitrates

Secondary Headache: these are headaches causes by another disease which may vary in severity.  These include a brain tumor, aneurysm or blood clot or more benign problems such as sinusitis, ear infection or dehydration.

Acupuncture & Headache:

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms treated with acupuncture in the US.  There are over 25,000 research articles that include the words “acupuncture” and “headaches” with over 300 of them in the title. This blog features highlights of latest research results to be published in 2013.

SOZEN, AYSE, et al. “EFFECTIVENESS OF ACUPUNCTURE FOR THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DAILY HEADACHE: A SHAM-CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIAL.” Acta Medica 29 (2013): 167.

  • This study researched chronic daily headaches specifically and enrolled 56 patients.  Patients were randomized into two treatment groups, ‘real acupuncture’ and ‘sham acupuncture.’
  • Results: Statistically significant differences in visual analog scale scores after the first and third month of ‘real’ treatment (p=.0007), lower headache intensity in the ‘real’ group, and lower mean monthly number of headaches in the ‘real’ group (p.001). The effectiveness of acupuncture treatment was 69% in the ‘real’ group and only 29% in the ‘sham’ group.
  • Investigators suggest that acupuncture can reduce the need for “drug therapies and is a valuable option for patient suffering from CDH [chronic daily headache].”
  • To read the full publication, sozen.ha.acu.2013

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