Having frequent headaches is bothersome as it is. When your doctor tells you it’s just stress and says you just need to rest, maybe it’s time to ask him about venturing into non-traditional treatments such as acupuncture.
This ancient Chinese therapy revolves around the life force or energy called qi. If you feel pain somewhere in your body, your qi might be blocked and not flowing properly along your meridians or qi pathways. To resolve this, the acupuncture needles target the blockages to enable your qi to flow freely. Acupuncture might look painful, but most people experience relief and lesser headaches after a session.
While acupuncture might be effective, it will prove to be a problem if you are afraid of needles. However, acupuncture needles are very thin in comparison to syringes used to draw blood. Though fine and solid, most people barely feel it when the acupuncture needles pierce their skin when the session begins. If pain occurs during the procedure, it’s either the needles are defective or misplaced, or it’s because the patient keeps on moving.
Know Your Acupuncturist
Should you decide to pursue this non-prescription treatment, be sure that your acupuncturist is either certified or licensed. A certified acupuncturist has 100-300 hours of training under his belt while a licensed acupuncturist has about 1363-2000 hours of training or more. Licensed practitioners have taken a master’s level degree for about three to four years from a school recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Acupuncturists who have spent less than 100 hours in training are not licensed and may be chiropractors or detoxification technicians.
While most people experience relief when they go through an acupuncture session, you might want to get your doctor’s approval to try this treatment. Who knows? It might be the answer to your pesky headaches.
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