Headaches and Acupuncture
In our modern age headaches are mostly associated with neck and upper back problems. In ancient Chinese medicine, headaches were mostly related to high blood pressure. Because of the ubiquitous use of hypertensive medications today this etiology is uncommon. So what people have today, if they have chronic headaches or migraines, is usually chronic neck and upper back pain. The best way clinically to treat chronic headaches is to target the neck and upper back with acupuncture. This doesn’t mean sticking a bunch of needles in the patient’s neck but to use DNA (Distal Needling Acupuncture) to quickly eliminate the problem.
If the midbrain was operating properly in the headache patients, the body would be releasing its own painkillers, which are called enkephalins, and the pain would have been gone long ago. Enkephalins are the body’s own opioids, and when they are released within the brain, all along the spinal cord and along the capillary beds where you actually have the headache, then the headache simply goes away. The problem is that this release is not taking place in patients who are suffering from chronic pain.
Acupuncture, done properly, and properly means using distal needles, i.e. the DNA method, the neck pain will simply go away within seconds. DNA raises the signal strength of the proprioceptive pathways into the brain thus encouraging the release of the body’s own potent pain relieving chemicals and the pain vanishes.
Please join us on Doane.us for a thorough explanation of the physiology of pain and how acupuncture restores neurological homeostasis.