Studies Show that Acupuncture Stops Headaches
Cochrane Researchers conducted two different studies to show that acupuncture is indeed an effective treatment for the prevention and treatment of migraines and headaches.
The goal of both studies was to discover if acupuncture is able to reduce how often headaches occur in a person. The first study was more focused on mild, yet frequent headaches while the second studied more chronic, yet less frequent headaches, or migraines. Both trials together involved over six thousand patients in total.
The studies lasted around eight weeks. The first showed that those who received acupuncture had fewer headaches than those who took standard pain medications. The second reported the same results.
In one case that involved about three hundred patients, acupuncture was shown to reduce headaches by as much as two hundred percent. These results initiated a similar test to be conducted for those who suffered chronic tension headaches. In this test the people involved were split up into three different groups over an eight week period. One group received no treatment, the second received minimal acupuncture (which is when needles don’t fully activate the point targeted), and the third received normal acupuncture. The group that received no treatment suffered one and a half fewer days of headaches, the minimal acupuncture group had around six and a half days of no headaches, and the full acupuncture group had a whole week of no headaches.
Headaches Treated with Acupuncture
These results show a strong correlation between acupuncture treatment and reduction in headaches. In addition to acupuncture, there are some lifestyle changes that can be made to help reduce and treat headaches:
Lifestyle Change #1: Stress Management
Stress is the number one cause of tension headaches. Meditation is an excellent way to reduce stress.
Lifestyle Change #2: Sleep
Sleep is more important than you think. Most people need at least eight hours of sleep per night in order to maintain optimal mental and physical function.
Lifestyle Change #3: Eat Healthy
Small, regular, healthy meals are best for maintaining energy and managing blood sugar. If you aren’t eating properly, then blood sugar can fall quickly which will result in a headache. Foods that can induce headaches include red meats, salty refined foods, and alcohol.
Lifestyle Change #4: Keep a Headache Journal
Keeping a headache journal will help your healthcare provider figure out the triggers of your headache as well as how to prevent them from happening. When you have a headache record how much sleep and water you’ve had in the last 24 hours, meals, supplements, exercise, etc.
Lifestyle Change #5: Exercise
Exercise is actually necessary for the healthy functional body. It is not optional. If you want to feel good, exercise. If you don’t want to exercise, be prepared not to feel good. Exercise optimizes all of your body’s functions, specifically blood flow which figures greatly in the realm of headaches.