A natural painkiller
Many patients use acupuncture to reduce their reliace on painkilling medication. Acupuncture needles stimulate nerves in muscles and other tissues, sending signals to the brain that cause it to release chemicals such as endorphins. These chemicals are powerful and natural painkillers.
Migraines and headaches
Acupuncture is very effective for migraines and headaches. In fact, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that GPs recommend acupuncture for long-term migraines and headaches before prescribing painkillers.
Acupuncture can be especially effective in treating tension-type headaches, because it can help people to relax and deal more effectively with the stress that causes tension.