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Acupuncture Beat Aspirin to Treat Chronic Headaches and Migraine

Migraine/Headache Treatment at Centre of Balance Hamilton


As an acupuncturist I am always curious about how the western world views acupuncture treatment.  I know that western people want to know more about acupuncture, and are trying to understand it better.

I studied at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and have been operating Centre of Balance Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic in Hamilton for the last 7 years. I treated a patient who suffers from very severe, chronic headaches 3 days ago, I gave her pain relief within 2 minutes, she came back for follow up treatment today, she reported no headaches ever since the first treatment. It last for 3 days and it was very bad and painkillers just did not help it at all before she visited me last time.  I have helped many patients who suffer from headaches and migraines by using acupuncture and unique acu-point technique. 

I was thinking that I really want to know if there is any research showing the successful use of acupuncture to treat/fix/cure chronic headaches and migraines in western countries in the past.  So I googled it and found this article about acupuncture beating aspirin to treat chronic headaches:

It tells how “A review of studies involving nearly 4,000 patients with migraine, tension headache and other forms of chronic headache showed that that 62 percent of the acupuncture patients reported headache relief compared to 45 percent of people taking medications, the team at Duke University found.”

I was very happy to see that the result was 62 percent of patients reporting headache relief after acupuncture compared to 45 percent of patients taking western medications.

Then I asked myself why the result was not 100 percent or at least 90 or 95 percent of patients reporting headache relief from acupuncture treatment?  I really would have expected that percentage to be higher than 62 percent.

When I kept reading though the article, I found that those people who suffered from chronic headaches started to feel relief after five or six visits. I was thinking "What?!"

Why didn't they get relief in the first acupuncture treatment? I went back to read it again. It said, "They found it took on average five to six visits for patients to report headache relief."

That’s not how acupuncture should be performing.  Surely, acupuncture should do better than that.  In my mind acupuncture should work immediately.  I was thinking that they did not get the right acupuncturist who can achieve immediate acupuncture results.  I always tell my patients that you should see immediate results in your first treatment and I guarantee it.  If you don’t see any results in your first session of acupuncture for your chronic headaches (in fact, for any pain relief) we will not charge you for that treatment.  My master taught me “instant results acupuncture".  I learned it and deeply believe in it. I am very confident in my acupuncture ability, so I guarantee it

I know there are a lot of people out there looking for help who don't know where to go and where to start.  I understand that your family doctor may not know that acupuncture can be more effective than painkillers. Then you end up with taking the nasty painkillers to control the headaches and migraines for years and feeling frustrated because it keeps coming back.  You may feel like you have to live with it for the rest of your life.

Well, you are not alone.  We help a lot of patients get better from headaches and migraines.


Here is a tip for you, when you looking for an acupuncturist you should look for one who practises Dr Tan balance method acupuncture.  Whoever practises Dr Tan balance method acupuncture has the ability to give you immediate results in your first visit.  If you can see the results in your first treatment, you should continue to receive treatments until you are entirely free from headaches or migraines.


You might want to ask me “How long does it take to completely cure headaches or migraines?”


Unfortunately, I have no idea.  Everyone is unique and every case is very different.  I can only advise you to stick with it until you get completely better, if you can see results in your first treatment.


Please note that you might need to receive acupuncture treatment for your headaches or migraines every day to start with, then gradually cut down to 3 acupuncture sessions weekly, then twice weekly then once weekly until you are all better.


I apply Dr Tan balance method acupuncture, unique acu-point technique, (I teach my headaches and migraines patients to apply this technique themselves at home too), and heat pack application on unique acu-point areas every day.  I have found that this combination of treatments is better than acupuncture alone.  It still gives you immediate results each time, and I have found that the results of the combination of treatments lasts longer and works faster to fix headaches and migraines.


One more benefit is that you don’t need to come every day for treatment to start with.  This combination works well with only 3 acupuncture treatments weekly to start with. Then you can gradually cut down to 2 acupuncture treatments weekly, then one acupuncture treatment weekly until you are completely better.  

Your Acupuncture Pain Relief Sevice is Guaranteed!          We Are Proud to Say That We Are The Only Acupuncture Clinic to Offer No Risk Guarantee in Your First Visit in Hamilton.

Szenan Phua



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