According to research, 12% of Americans experience migraines. Migraines are severe headaches that might cause throbbing or pulsing pain, nausea, vomiting, and light and sound sensitivity. Common treatment options include medication and relaxation techniques. However, if you’re looking for an option that is both natural and effective, consider acupuncture. Here’s what you should know about this treatment.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture can be traced back to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, which has a history spanning thousands of years. According to traditional Chinese medicine, a healthy body is a balanced one.

acupunctureTheories suggest that Qi, defined as the body’s energy, cannot flow through channels of the body when there are imbalances, resulting in blockages that cause pain. Acupuncture seeks to find the source of imbalance and to relieve blockages by placing needles in those areas so that Qi can flow again. The areas where needles are inserted are called acupuncture points. 

How Does It Treat Migraines?

According to research, acupuncture has proven to reduce the frequency of migraines in patients. Other evidence suggests that it might reduce the severity of migraines.

It can take anywhere from six to eight sessions to experience fewer and less painful migraines. You might have appointments once or several times a week.

During a typical session, your acupuncturist will place needles in different areas of your body—such as the arms, legs, head, or face—and leave them in place while you relax. Your acupuncturist might also inquire about your lifestyle and recommend dietary changes such as cutting out caffeine, which might worsen migraine symptoms


If you want holistic treatment for migraines, visit Marie Gonzales, L.Ac., in Nyack, NY. For over 20 years, she has practiced acupuncture, improving her clients’ overall wellness and providing pain relief. She offers cupping therapy and IonCleanse® detox foot baths. Learn more about her services online, or call (845) 398-1312 to schedule an appointment.