Migraines, Tension & Sinus Headaches

Acupuncture for Headache & Migraine Relief

acupuncture_model2Looking for relief from headache & migraine pain? Stop headache pain fast with acupuncture. Are you struggling to get through the work day because you have another headache? Do you have pain one or more days per week? When asked how often a headache is occurring patients will often say  ‘the usual’ which for many is several times a week. For some it’s even daily!

Headache sufferers are often prescribed medications only to find their headaches increasing in frequency or intensity over the years. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Acupuncture can help!

How Does Acupuncture Relieve Headaches & Migraines?

Acupuncture works with the energy anatomy, also called the meridians system. Similar to the way your blood vessels circulate blood, acupuncture meridians are channels that carry life force or ‘qi’.  In the photo of the acupuncture model on the right, meridians are depicted by the lines and acupuncture points are represented by the numbers. Notice how many acupuncture points there are in the head area? This is because a lot of energy flows upward towards the top of the body where it can become stuck due to tension or blockage.  The acupuncture channels of your head flow into your arms and legs. Using points below the elbows and knees where the energy is most accessible, we are able to open the channels in your head to create more flow. Freeing the energy flow stops pain. From a western medicine standpoint, research demonstrates that acupuncture is known to stimulate certain brain chemicals responsible for pain relief.

What Kind of Headache Do YOU Have?

There are many types of headaches and various triggers for headaches but headache pain is – well – a pain!


Tension Headaches

According to Web MD – “About 30%-80% of the adult U.S. population suffers from occasional tension headaches; approximately 3% suffer from chronic daily tension headaches. Women are twice as likely to suffer from tension-type headaches as men”.

Symptoms include increasing muscle tension, headaches that occur later in the day, with pain present much of the day increasing in intensity as the day wears on. Triggers for tension headache include inadequate rest, emotional or mental stress, depression and anxiety.

Sinus Headaches

Sinuses are air-filled cavities (spaces) located in your forehead, cheekbones, and behind the bridge of your nose. When sinuses becomes inflamed there is swelling and increased mucus production eventually causing the channels to become blocked. The increased pressure in the sinuses causes a pain similar to that of a headache.

Sinus headache symptoms include deep, constant pain, – usually facial – in the cheekbones, forehead, and bridge of the nose. Your sinuses may be blocked or there may be sinus drainage, sometimes with post nasal drip that is thick and sticky. Clogged ears and ear popping sensation with pressure are common.

Did you know that Chinese medicine suggests that common American food choices cause an excess of mucus? Mucus causing foods include wheat, dairy, sugar, and cold raw foods such as an excess of fruit and salad in the diet. Dairy products are especially mucus producing!  Chinese medicine recommendations on diet may surprise you!


Most people with migraines have tried several medications by the time they try acupuncture. Many of my patients with migraines have had the symptoms for years. Migraines may come on suddenly but are usually preceded by a key set of classic migraine symptoms including visual disturbances, an ‘aura’, or neck tension prior to becoming severe. Patients take medication at the first sign and can usually prevent a full blown migraine. But the migraines seem to return again and again, interrupting daily living. Acupuncture helps migraines! Even migraines that are accompanied by nausea/vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound are relieved with acupuncture.

No matter the type of headache – sinus headache, tension headache, or migraines – call me. I have treated hundreds of patient for headache pain who now live pain free lives.

Migraine, Tension & Sinus Headache Research Studies

Acupuncture Contrasts Drugs for Migraine Treatment

In the article, doctors state “In contrast to drugs, acupuncture treatment seems to be very effective in preventing the attacks from ever occurring or rendering them much less severe when they do hit.”   

Acupuncture Effective Treatment for All Types of Headaches

“Acupuncture is not only effective for migraine headaches, but also works very well with tension headaches, cluster headaches, post-traumatic headaches, and disease-related headaches that might be due to sinus problems, high blood pressure or sleeping disorders. … Unlike synthetic drugs, acupuncture has virtually no side effects, and the procedures for treating headaches are much less invasive with acupuncture than with surgery.”

Patient Reviews for Migraines, Tension & Sinus Headache

“After suffering from debilitating headaches for many years and while having one almost every day for three months, I contacted Margaret Celli at Inner Light Wellness to request acupuncture treatment. To say that I am satisfied is an understatement! After the first treatment a particularly sore spot was totally gone and after three treatments, I was headache free for the first time in weeks and weeks! I was able to get back to the business of daily living with a new feeling of lightness and energy. It was a remarkable experience and I thank Margaret for her skill and professionalism.”

“Prior to being treated I suffered from seasonal allergies (post nasal drip, runny nose, itchy, etc.), migraines, and cubital tunnel syndrome. I had used OTC medication, allergy shots for 10+ years and sinus surgery as well. This was my first acupuncture treatment ever. The staff was very welcoming and explained everything well, while the practitioner was thoughtful and listened to my problems intently. I saw and felt improvement immediately. I felt lighter, more energized, decrease in allergy symptoms without medication and no headaches.”

“After suffering from a 6 week “status migraine” that would not respond to migraine medication, including steroids and nerve blockers, I followed a friend’s advice and e-mailed Margaret Celli on Labor Day weekend. Within an hour she returned my call and offered to see me the next day. Though skeptical, I figured there was no way she could make me feel any worse than I already did… Margaret listened carefully to my history then treated me with acupuncture – and I left the office without a headache for the first time in what seemed like an eternity. She treated me 5 times in a 3 week span, and I have gone nearly 6 months without a migraine! When I recently had a couple of migraines I again called Margaret’s office, and as always, she and Brittany squeezed me into an already tight schedule. The results are truly amazing. In fact, I have felt so relaxed during treatment that I’ve actually fallen asleep on more than one occasion with the needles still in place. There’s a reason acupuncture has been around for centuries – it works!”