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Monday, May 01, 2006 

Got a Headache? Try Acupuncture Instead of Aspirin

You may have heard of this term before, but what IS Acupuncture?

The most common definition is: "a procedure used in or adapted from Chinese medical practice in which specific body areas are pierced with fine needles for therapeutic purposes."

Needles!? Before you head for the hills, relax, these are not the same as the ones you have seen in your doctors office. The needles used in acupuncture are incredibly thin, ranging from 0.16mm to 0.30mm, and designed precisely for acupuncture.

In Chinese medicine, documentation shows that there are 400 acupuncture points, ("acupoints or tsubo"), located along the 20 meridians of the body. Meridians are the interconnected avenues of circulation for the body's vital energy, or "qi" ("chi").

When the flow of energy in the body is thrown off balance, i.e. when the energy becomes blocked, stagnant or restricted in some manner, emotional, mental and physical illness can result. Acupuncture and acupressure are two techniques that have been highly effective in resolving these disruptions and restoring balance to the body.

Most of us have experienced the most common type of headache, what is called the vascular headache, (the one where you feel the veins throbbing in your temples), and could not find the aspirin fast enough. Or maybe you have tried using niacin to dilate the blood vessels in the scalp for relief.

But if you are looking for a way to treat it beyond this usual response, you might find that an acupuncture treatment not only offers you relief immediately, but also provides you with long term benefits.

In a visit to a qualified acupuncturist, you will find the treatment is focused on the hands, not the head. For theses types of headaches, the meridians of the face and head that need stimulating are located in points that are located approximately in the center of the web between the thumbs and the palms of the patient, called the "he gu" points.

Next in the series: What to Expect in An Acupuncture Treatment


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