Migraine Points

Acupuncture Points Used for Migraine Headaches

Posted by TH Tanaka, Jan 15, 2014

Various acupuncture points are used to treat migraine sufferers by acupuncture. While most acupuncture textbooks simply indicate “acupuncture points for migraine”, it is important to remember that underlying physiological status of migraine is different during the actual migraine episode and between the migraine attacks.  Thus, different treatment protocols should be used depending on the patient’s migraine status.  This is the same approach as in modern conventional medicine in which medications with different biological actions are typically prescribed for controlling the actual migraine pain and for migraine prophylaxis.  For more information regarding migraine and acupuncture treatment in general, click here.

 

Local Head Acupuncture Points for Migraine Prophylaxis

Head Acupuncture points used for Migraine headaches

One to five points are chosen based on pain distributions, point palpation and patient’s underlying constitutional patterns.

 

Acupuncture points used for Migraine headaches - Needles Inserted on side of head

One to five points are chosen based on pain distributions, point palpation and patient’s underlying constitutional patterns.

Note:

  • Points used for migraine can vary from patient to patient depending on each individuals unique constitutional patterns.
  • Some points may not be advisable to be used during actual migraine episodes.

There are many other important acupuncture points for migraine in other parts of the body including arms, legs, abdomen and lumbarsacral regions (mainly used for female hormone triggered migraine).

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