What We Treat

Headaches & Migraines

We all know that headaches and migraines can be a real pain. Do people get relief using acupuncture for headaches and migraines? The answer is—YES!

Acupuncture for Migraines & Headaches

Through the lens of traditional Chinese Medicine, there are many possible patterns that can cause migraines and headaches. In general, any pain condition is seen as an imbalance in the body. When the body is brought back into balance, the pain disappears. From the time-tested 2,000 year old healing tradition of Chinese Medicine, we have several modalities and treatment approaches that can help to reduce headaches and migraines.

Symptoms and Causes

There are many causes of headaches and migraines:


  • Light sensitivity
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Visual Auras
  • Auditory Auras
  • Olfactory Auras
  • Numbness
  • Paraesthesia
  • Neuralgia
  • Visual impairment
  • Auditory impairment
  • Vomiting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Malaise
  • Scalp tenderness
  • Eye pain
  • Irritability
  • Food cravings
  • Frequent yawning
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Temporary loss of vision

Lifestyle Causes

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Head trauma
  • Toothache
  • Earache
  • Sinus congestion
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Environmental sensitivities
  • Hunger
  • Low blood sugar
  • Lack of sleep
  • Overwork
  • Over-thinking
  • Frequent screen time
  • Poor posture
  • Common cold / Flu
  • Jet Lag
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • High blood pressure
  • Food sensitivities
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Sensitivity to certain smells
  • Heat Stroke
  • Jaw pain
  • Bruxism / Teeth grinding
  • TMJ / Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Our Approach

We take a holistic approach to treating headaches and migraines. What that means is that we consider many aspects of the body’s physiology as well as lifestyle and environmental factors. Since there can be many possible causes (and sometimes multiple causes) of headaches and migraines, taking a wider view beyond just your symptoms can be helpful in getting to the root issue.

What’s Our Track Record?

Most people notice that their headaches and migraines gradually become less frequent and less severe within 5 visits. With ongoing acupuncture treatment, symptoms will often continue to improve. For some people, acupuncture, along with appropriate lifestyle changes, can get rid of chronic headaches and migraines altogether. If people come to the clinic and they currently have a headache or migraine, many times we can completely stop the pain or significantly reduce it during that treatment.

How Does It Work?

Chinese medicine works by bringing the body into balance.


Acupuncture has a regulatory effect and can help to balance the body in order to reduce pain and promote healing. Most people find acupuncture to be deeply relaxing and beneficial for their overall health and wellbeing. Often people will notice their head pain reducing or completely going away during their acupuncture treatments.

Bodywork & Cupping

Bodywork and cupping can be helpful in relieving headaches and migraines, especially if the cause is due to muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Bodywork and cupping are also very relaxing and restorative and can help relieve headaches and migraines caused by stress and fatigue.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine can both reduce the severity of headaches and migraines, and also be used to help prevent the pain from reoccurring. We make a custom formula for you based on your unique presentation of symptoms, and modify the formula as your symptoms change. In many cases, we’ll give you an “acute” formula to use during a headache episode, and a “chronic” formula designed to heal the root imbalances that are causing the headaches in the first place.

Holistic Health Counseling

It can be difficult to figure out the cause of pain and also to make the changes necessary to have a lasting effect. During a Holistic Health Counseling session we will work with you to create a plan to help manage pain from headaches and migraines, especially if the cause of the pain is from dietary or lifestyle-related factors.

The Advantage of Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Short and long term use of medication for headaches and migraines can have many unwanted side effects. Since acupuncture works with your body’s own ability to heal itself, the possibility of negative side effects is much less than that from medication. Also, since acupuncture works on the whole body, one can experience many positive side effects, such as improved sleep, energy, digestion, and mood.

Treatments We Use to Help with Headaches and Migraines

Ready to start getting relief from your headaches and migraines? Give us a call at (202) 297-7404, schedule an appointment online or contact us if you have any questions.

Verify Your Insurance Benefits

We are out-of-network providers with Blue Cross / Carefirst, Cigna, Aetna, and United. Many plans have good out-of-network acupuncture coverage. To find out if your plan includes out-of-network coverage for acupuncture, please fill out our short form to verify your benefits with us. You can also call us with your information at (202) 297-7404. Our staff will usually have your coverage information within 2 business days.

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