Chronic Pain

Migraine and Headache Relief

Acupuncture Relieves Headache and Migraine


Nov 23

There is hope for migraine and headache relief, with acupuncture one of the most studied solutions. Unfortunately many people endure chronic pain from headaches and migraines because they simply are not aware of the evidence supporting the benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for headache and migraine at the highest levels of research evidence (systematic reviews) 1, 2.

Headaches and migraines can be triggered by tension in your neck and shoulders, previous injuries, viruses, hormonal changes, foods or have an unknown cause and simply occur throughout life, particularly at times of being run down or stressed.

A systematic review on acupuncture treatment for migraines reported the following 2:
”Our findings about the number of days with migraine per month can be summarised as follows. If people have six days with migraine per month on average before starting treatment, this would be reduced to five days in people receiving only usual care, to four days in those receiving fake acupuncture or a prophylatic drug, and to three and a half days in those receiving true acupuncture.”

The above systematic review also found that for migraine treatment the number and frequency of treatment had a significant impact on the benefits: mainly that a course of 16 total treatments at twice per week was almost twice as effective than a course of 12 treatments. These findings highlight the importance of completing a course of treatment, much like you would with a course of anti-biotics. Treatment frequency and consistency means better results.

For chronic tension-type headaches a systematic review found:

“The available results suggest that acupuncture is effective for treating frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headaches..” and called for head to head studies comparing acupuncture to other treatment options 1.

Just as the cause of headaches and migraine can vary, so can clinical outcomes; sometimes just one treatment can provide seemingly miraculous results, others take a course of strategic treatment to resolve. This is why we diagnose and treat every client based on their own unique symptom presentation. We use advanced distal acupuncture techniques to get the best possible results for our patients.

We recommend acupuncture for the treatment of headaches and migraines due to the strong supporting scientific evidence. If you suffer these conditions please contact us or book an appointment online:

About Allied Acupuncture Gold Coast

PH: 07 5522 1691


A: 7a / 2 Executive Dr, Burleigh Waters QLD 4220

Gold Coast acupuncture clinic Burleigh Waters. Located near the major intersection of Reedy Creek Rd and Bermuda St, near Treetops Shopping Centre and Bunnings.

We’re 15km or 20 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport and 13.4km from Surfers Paradise. Midway between the M1 Motorway and the Gold Coast Highway at Burleigh Heads.

The clinic has FREE off-street parking, wheel chair access and toilet facilities.


Book online any time 24/7 or call our answering service Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm for same day appointments on 0755221691. Book an Initial Consultation and Treatment then look for your welcome e-mail.

An Initial Consultation and Treatment with Dr Scott Baker (Acupuncturist) involves discussing your health history, followed by a physical assessment, diagnosis and acupuncture treatment.
Diagnosis involves palpation of the problem area and possibly the abdomen and/or arms and legs. Chinese Medicine may also involve looking at your tongue and checking your pulse where indicated.

Available treatments: 

  • Neoclassical acupuncture using 1-3 needles
  • Biomedical acupuncture (including dry needling &/or electro acupuncture)
  • Balance method / distal acupuncture (Dr Tan / Master Tung style)

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic Gold Coast
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Linde, K et al. ‘Acupuncture for tension-type headache’, Cochrane Library, 2016.

2. Linde, K et al., ‘Acupuncture for preventing migraine attacks’, Cochrane Library, 2016.

Tags: Chronic Pain, Headache, Headache Relief, Migraine Relief, Migraine