Headache is a broad category covering pain in and around the head, including migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, sinus headaches, hormone headaches, and blood pressure headaches. The following are some examples of treatments provided for various common headaches:
- Migraine - a complex headache which are generally moderate to severe, sometimes accompanied by nausea, changes to vision and hearing, or sensitivity to light/sound/odor. Acupuncture is applied to moderate the nervous system and reduce pain. Reflexology may also be applied to reduce pain.
- Tension headache - associated with muscular tension, particularly the neck, jaw, and back of head. Acupuncture and acupressure are applied to relax the muscular tension and reduce pain. Reflexology, guasha, or cupping may also be applied to further release muscular tension and reduce pain.
- Cluster headache - an uncommon headache which are generally severe, occurring in waves or "clusters" over a period of time. Acupuncture is applied to moderate the nervous system and reduce pain, as well as reduce associated muscular tension. Acupressure or reflexology may also be applied to release muscular tension and reduce pain.
- Sinus headache - due to congestion of the sinuses, resulting in increased pressure in the head. Acupuncture is applied to facilitate opening and draining of the sinuses, reducing internal pressure within the head. Acupressure or reflexology may also be applied to drain the sinuses and reduce pain.
- Hormone headache - due to fluctuations in the balance between hormone levels in the bloodstream. Acupuncture is applied to harmonize the endocrine system and balance hormone levels. Acupressure or reflexology may also be applied to balance hormone levels and reduce pain.
- Blood pressure headache - two distinct headache types, one due to elevated blood pressure and the other due to dropping blood pressure. In cases where blood pressure is being treated by a medical doctor but headaches persist, acupuncture is applied to normalize blood pressure and reduce pain. Note that severe and uncontrolled cases of very high or very low blood pressure are emergency conditions and warrant emergency medical attention.