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Soothe Your Sore Head: Exploring Acupuncture for Headache & Migraine Relief

Headaches. We’ve all been there, battling that throbbing pain that disrupts our day and steals our focus. While medication is often the first line of defense, many are seeking alternative solutions with fewer side effects. Enter acupuncture, an time-tested practice in the modern world with potential to alleviate headaches naturally.

But, Does Acupuncture Actually Work for Headaches?

YES! Studies show results! The National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledges acupuncture as a viable option for headache relief, particularly for tension headaches and migraines. Research shows it is as effective as medication, with the added benefit of fewer side effects.

Here’s how it might work:

  • Stimulating Nerves: Acupuncture needles trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers.
  • Improving Blood Flow: Increased circulation can relax muscles and reduce pressure, easing headache pain.
  • Balancing Energy: Traditional Chinese medicine views headaches as energy imbalances. Acupuncture aims to restore harmony, promoting overall well-being.

What Headaches Can Acupuncture Help With?

Acupuncture shows promise for various headache types, including:

  • Tension Headaches: The most common type, often caused by muscle tension in the head and neck.
  • Migraines: Characterized by severe throbbing pain, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
  • Cluster Headaches: Intense pain concentrated around one eye, typically occurring in episodes.

What to Expect During an Acupuncture Session for Headaches

Your acupuncturist will first discuss your medical history and headache symptoms. Then, they will provide acupuncture at specific points on your body, focusing on areas related to headaches. The experience is usually pain-free, with some people feeling a tingling sensation. Sessions typically last 30-45 minutes, and multiple sessions are recommended for optimal results.

Important Considerations Before Trying Acupuncture

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Communicate your medical history: Inform your acupuncturist about any medications you’re taking or health conditions you have.
  • Manage expectations: Acupuncture may not be a cure-all, but it can offer significant relief for most, especially if you follow your treatment plan.

Is Acupuncture Right for You?

Start with a consultation with our doctor, Dr. Laura Parks. Call 410-847-4766 to begin.

“Do More in 2024” for Your Health & Your Future

At last, the new year is upon us. Will we live our best lives and manifest our fullest potential? What we do with all that potential, is always up to us.

One way to hone in on our resolutions, our health and wellness goals is to try something new, like acupuncture. Although acupuncture is technically anything but “new” being over 3,000 year old system of medicine originating from China, it may be a new experience for you.

Acupuncture is truly an excellent treatment approach for many ailments for several reasons. First, there are no side effects to acupuncture like there are with medications or surgery. Second, it is actually a very pleasant experience for most people, as most patients fall asleep during their session, and it is considered non-invasive. Third, it can treat multiple health concerns at the same time. Many times a patient will come in for their chronic pain, for example, and also see lasting improvements with their lifelong anxiety or insomnia, digestive issues or migraines. It even helps couples get pregnant who are struggling to start a family, or help with menopausal concerns and reproductive health.

Anything you would consider taking a pill for, you could try acupuncture.

With the New Year, many folks even use acupuncture to quit smoking, or use acupuncture to lose weight.

At Cloud 9 Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine, we take an integrative approach looking at many ways to naturally support your health and wellness, utilizing acupuncture, electro-stim, ATP Resonance BioTherapyTM, O3 Regenerative TherapyTM, and custom nutritional support.

While we specialize in complex, chronic conditions that are difficult to treat such as neuropathy, autoimmune conditions, infertility, migraines, and women’s health, we do treat many other conditions (and all ages) as well.

Interested in seeing what acupuncture can do for you?

Call 410-847-4766 to begin with a consultation with Dr. Laura Parks, our medical director who has over 13 years experience using acupuncture to change lives.

Acupuncture: Effective Treatment for Migraines

Migraines are a debilitating neurological condition that can cause severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. According to the American Migraine Foundation, migraines affect over 39 million people in the United States.

While there is no cure for migraines, there are a number of treatments that can help to prevent or manage the symptoms. One of these treatments is acupuncture.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the body. It is believed to work by stimulating the body’s natural healing system.

How Does Acupuncture Help Migraines?

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for migraines. A 2016 review of 22 studies found that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture in reducing the frequency of migraines. The review also found that acupuncture was as effective as some preventive migraine medications.

It is not fully understood how acupuncture works for migraines.

However, it is thought to work by:

  • Reducing pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers
  • Improving blood flow to the brain
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Relieving stress

What to Expect During an Acupuncture Treatment

An acupuncture treatment typically lasts 30 to 60 minutes. During the treatment, the acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific points on the body. The needles will be left in place for about 15 minutes.

Most people do not feel any pain during an acupuncture treatment. Some people may feel a slight prickling sensation when the needles are inserted.

Acupuncture for Migraines: Is It Right for You?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for migraines. It is a good option for people who are looking for a natural alternative to medication or who have not had success with other treatments.

If you are considering acupuncture for migraines, it is important to find a licensed and experienced acupuncturist.

Here are some additional benefits of acupuncture for migraines:

  • Acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment
  • Acupuncture has few side effects
  • Acupuncture can be used to treat other conditions, such as other types of chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and depression

Call today 410-847-4766 to begin with a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for our Migraine Relief Treatment Program.

Unearthing The Benefits Of Acupuncture: An Ancient Practice With Modern Benefits

Acupuncture, an ancient healing technique rooted in Traditional Chinese medicine, has been practiced for over 3,000 years. It involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body, known as acupoints, to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. This gentle yet effective therapy has gained widespread recognition for its potential to alleviate a wide range of health concerns.

Pain Management: A Promising Approach

One of the most well-established benefits of acupuncture is its effectiveness in managing pain. Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive impact of acupuncture in reducing chronic pain associated with conditions such as osteoarthritis, low back pain, neck pain, and headaches/migraines. By stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, acupuncture helps to alleviate pain and improve overall well-being.

Beyond Pain Relief: A Holistic Approach to Health

Acupuncture’s benefits extend far beyond pain management. This holistic therapy has shown promise in addressing a variety of health concerns, including:

Stress and Anxiety: Acupuncture can effectively reduce stress and anxiety by promoting relaxation and enhancing the body’s ability to cope with stress.

Digestive Issues: Acupuncture has been shown to alleviate digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting, and constipation.

Sleep Disorders: Acupuncture can improve sleep quality by regulating sleep patterns and reducing insomnia.

Reproductive Health: Acupuncture has been used to address menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms, and fertility issues.

A Safe and Effective Treatment Option

Acupuncture is generally considered a safe and effective treatment option. When performed by a licensed and experienced acupuncturist, the risk of side effects is minimal. Most people experience little to no discomfort during acupuncture treatments, and in fact, usually fall asleep after becoming deeply relaxed.

Embracing Acupuncture for Holistic Wellness

As research continues to unveil the multifaceted benefits of acupuncture (with over thousands of clinical trials already documenting clinical success!), acupuncture is increasingly recognized as a valuable tool for promoting overall health and well-being. Whether seeking relief from chronic pain, managing stress, or enhancing overall wellness, acupuncture offers a safe, effective, and holistic approach to healthcare.

The Best Way to Find the Best Acupuncture Clinic for You

Whether you’re suffering from low back pain, or neuropathy, infertility or headaches, you’ll want to find the best acupuncture clinic that suits your needs the best.

The very best way is to call and speak with the receptionist of your clinic of interest and ask them if they have experience in or specialize in your primary condition you are seeking care for. While most acupuncturists have trained extensively for 3-5 years in graduate level study acupuncture programs, and receive a Master’s degree or a Doctorate (also known as a Acupuncture Physician), it’s still best to work with an acupuncturist or clinic that has experienced success in treating your condition.


Some questions you can ask when you phone a prospective acupuncture clinic:

Has the acupuncturist treated my type of condition before?

What is the success rate of treating my condition at this clinic?

How many years of experience does the acupuncturist have?

Do you offer any additional therapies beyond acupuncture to help address my condition?

What can I expect during my first visit? (Is it just a consultation, or will I receive treatment that day?)


Most of our patients are referred by word of mouth, from former patients who have also experienced success. Our acupuncturist Dr. Laura Parks does specialize in chronic, complex conditions and has been practicing for over 13 years. She received her acupuncture doctorate from Five Branches University, and acupuncture masters from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia). Dr. Parks has been treating Fertility patients for over 13 years and specializing in neuropathy for over 4 years, with over a 85% success rate.

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