Migraine and Acupuncture

If your headache is accompanied by a throbbing pain on one side of the head which is exacerbated by physical exertion, by feeling nauseous, and by being sensitive to light and sound, chances are that you are suffering from a migraine.
Within TCM, migraine is seen as the result of both local energy block and the diminished functioning of one or more organs. By tackling the underlying dysfunction of these organs, relief of the complaints is generally rapid. While your migraine is reduced or and ultimately even completely gone, your overall health will also have improved.


A migraine is a type of vascular headache, affecting around 11% of the population. Typical symptoms of a migraine are:

  • severe throbbing pain usually on one side of the head or behind an eye;
  • light sensitivity;
  • visual disorders;
  • nausea and vomiting;
  • pressure sensitivity of the scalp;
  • hypersensitivity to certain odors;
  • loss of concentration;
  • dry mouth.

The exact cause of migraine is unknown in mainstream medicine. From the acupuncture point of view, a migraine is approached as a disruption of energy, with the most common factor being an insufficient functioning local supply of energy which therefore causes the headache. It also often appears that this headache is related to a dysfunction in the organs.

How can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture is aimed at creating a better energy supply and blood circulation around the head, plus strengthening the function of underlying organs. As a result, both the symptoms and the underlying cause of the migraine are addressed.

We recommend that people come to the practice for treatment during a migraine attack. Below you can read a number of factors that can trigger a possible migraine attack:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Sleeping too little or too long
  • Skip Meal,
  • Consumption of certain foods (chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, in particular red wine, nuts and cheese).

Acupuncture helps in particular because experience has shown that a dysfunction at the organ level causing a person suffering from migraines. By focusing treatment on the entire body and specifically the underlying disruption with the ChinaMedic Approach, several people have benefited from undergoing acupuncture. Not only has their overall condition improved, in most cases they reported an impressive decrease in migraine attacks.

Frequently asked questions

What exactly can acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to remedy and improve a wide range of diseases and complaints. For an acupuncturist, the approach is simple: energy flows or it doesn't flow. The symptoms show where there may be a blockage in the body and this affects the rest of the body. In addition, the acupuncturist is about activating the self-healing capacity of the body. This makes acupuncture applicable to both sleep disorders and skin problems, allergies, addictions, depression, menopausal symptoms, burnout, rsi and so on. If you want to know how far acupuncture can help you, make an appointment for a 1st consultation and have yourself fully examined. The acupuncturist can then immediately tell you what we can do for you.

How many times do I have to come?

To give you a reliable and accurate estimate of the number of treatments you need, it is best to discuss this with your acupuncturist. If you have never been to an acupuncturist, you can make an appointment for a first consultation with possible treatment. The acupuncturist can then give you an estimate based on your complaints and the consultation.

Is acupuncture painful?

We use extra-thin needles for Abdominal Acupuncture. The punctures are hardly noticeable. People sometimes don't even feel where they are. Occasionally, someone may perceive a strange feeling, also described as nagging, numb, upset or painful. This feeling is often over.

The LaserNeedle that we often use in combination with puncturing needles is invasive and you don't feel it. The LaserNeedle is ideally suited for those who are afraid of needles and small children.

What does an acupuncture treatment cost?

A 1st consultation with subsequent treatment costs € 75.00. Each follow-up treatment costs € 60.00. ChinaMedic is affiliated with the NVA (Dutch Association of Acupuncture) and treatment is reimbursed by most insurers in the supplementary. It is advisable to contact your insurer what exactly this means for you. For a full price list of all our treatments CLICK HERE

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Thursday      9:30 - 17:00
Friday      Closed
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