Headaches & Migraines
Getting to the root cause of your headaches/migraines
One of the most important steps to overcoming headaches is determining what type of headaches you are suffering from. In your initial consultation, we will go through your history and determine whether the root cause of your headaches is stress, hormone imbalance, neck and shoulder tension, nerve entrapment, poor diet, muscle spasms or even chronic scar tissue.
One of the many gifts Chinese medicine offers is the ability to provide a very specific diagnosis as to type of headache or migraine a patients suffers from. This enables us to provide the patient with a very individualized course of treatment. The root cause will inform what type of treatment will be most effective for your particular situation. This may include acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, acupressure and Chinese herbs.
Whether you are coming in for an acute attack of migraine/headache, or you’re coming in for the prevention of headaches, acupuncture is very effective. We have seen within a course of treatment, patients will see a decrease in intensity, duration, and frequency. The length of a course of treatment will be determined by how long you have been suffering and what type of headache or migraine you’re coming in for.
Why acupuncture for headaches & migraines?
A systematic review of 11 acupuncture trials demonstrated that the amount of days of tension-type headaches were reduced by 50%, and patients who received acupuncture had significantly less pain.
Acupuncture is beneficial for the following types of headaches
- Migraine headaches with aura
- Migraine headaches accompanied by scalp and neck pain
- Migraine and tension headaches during pregnancy
- Male cluster headaches
- Headaches associated with PMS
- Headaches that accompany shingles
- Headaches associated with nerve entrapment
- Sinusitis headaches
Meet Marin L. Kokin, L.Ac.
Marin — acupuncturist, nutritionist, and owner of the Kokin Healing Center — is beloved by her patients. Read about patients that have found success at the Kokin Healing Center in Sherman Oaks and Calabasas.