Callie Blackwood MSOM, LAc
(406) 570-8792

Boise Acupuncture for

Headaches

Boise Acupuncture for Headaches

If you suffer from migraines or headaches, you are not alone. Over SO million of us experience some form of a severe headache at some point in our lives. Whether you experience minor head pain or severe migraines, headaches can take valuable time out of your day and your life, and leave you searching for relief.

Migranes

One way to seek relief is by reaching for drugs and other medications. This is fine for the short run, and can help you get out of pain fast. Unfortunately, common headache medications do not address the root cause(s), and when used over long periods of time can cause unwanted side effects.

At our clinic, we offer Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (fCM) in Boise. A safe and effective approach to relieving migraine pain, without causing harmful side effects, and incorporate a comprehensive diagnostic protocol, our acupuncturists understand and address the root cause(s) of your headaches naturally.

Understanding Headache Types

There are many factors in TCM theory that may play a key role in the root cause(s) of a headache. These include body constitution, emotional health, excessive work, social and exercise activities, improper diet, physical trauma and hormones. Migraines can also be diagnosed according to specific symptoms, times of occurrence, location on the body, type of pain, triggers and remedies which provide relief.

Acupuncture: a natural path to pain relief

Acupuncture and TCM takes a holistic, or whole-body approach to health to combating migraines. Your practitioner will take a detailed health history, and perform a physical exam to determine how and why your body’s vital energy, or Qi, is out of balance and identify what type of headache you are experiencing. He/she will also attempt to determine what root cause(s) are contributing to the overall problem. By identifying and treating the underlying cause(s), not just the symptoms, he/she can apply the most effective care.

What do you mean my Qi is out of balance?

An important part of acupuncture and TCM is the concept of Qi. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness. It flows through pathways called meridians, and provides nourishment to all the body’s organs. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, physical symptoms may result. Qi stagnation may be the cause of your headaches.

During treatment, in order to restore the balance and flow of Qi, fine sterile needles will be inserted at specific points along the meridian pathways. Based on your unique symptoms, your acupuncturist will choose to concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs. Afterwards, a variety of self-care techniques may be prescribed to further expedite your healing process.

It is important to remember that acupuncture is not a “quick fix” Changes may occur quickly or over a longer period of time, depending upon your overall constitution and health. It is also important to closely follow care recommendations suggested by your Boise acupuncturist. Whether it is one visit to address an acute problem, or several visits to address a chronic problem, your acupuncturist will create a treatment protocol that will maximize your healing potential.

Below are a few ways that you can participate in your own healing, by making simple lifestyle changes that may help soothe-or even prevent-head pain.

TrackThoseTriggers: Try to keep track of when your headaches start. Migraine sufferers may find it especially helpful to keep a diary of symptoms and possible causes. Triggers might include anything from eating chocolate, to anxiety or inhaling specific smells. Pinpointing these triggers­ and avoiding them when possible-could help.

Stress Relief: Stress puts a lot of strain on the body, and can contribute to many types of health concerns, including headaches. Talk to your practitioner about healthy ways to handle stress, such as meditation or breathing techniques.

Exercise: Physical activity is an important part of any healthy lifestyle, and is a great antidote to stress. Your acupuncturist can recommend types of exercises that may work best for you.

HealthyHabits: Making minor changes can make a big difference in your overall health and vitality. Do your best to eat healthy, organic foods, and make sure to get enough sleep every day.

Naturally, acupuncture care is extremely effective in reducing the frequency and severity of many types of painful conditions, including headache pain. By working with your acupuncturist and adopting some simple lifestyle changes, you will be on your way toward a healthier, happier, pain-free life.

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My dedication and oath for my practice

  • I dedicate myself to obtaining the necessary skills and knowledge to safely and effectively offer Chinese Medicine as a healing modality to others and myself.
  • I dedicate myself to support life by making decisions based on high moral and ethical standards and being an example to my best ability of living a balanced and healthy life.
  • I vow to honor my ancestors my teachers and the lineage of Chinese Medicine that is being transmitted to me.
  • I vow to honor this gift of being called to service and I dedicate myself to remaining humble and honest with my gifts and abilities through all these endeavors.
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What our patients are saying

crystle-lynne-logan
Callie is amazing! Her knowledge of Chinese medicine is extensive and her presence is very calm and welcoming. I thoroughly enjoyed my acupuncture session and recommend her to anyone seeking an intuitive and knowledgeable therapist. I will be back!

Crystle Lynne Logan

gloria-ravi-inder-overcash
One of the most gifted healers and acupuncturists I have ever encountered. Callie is a natural.

Gloria Ravi Inder Overcash

judy-r
I've been having acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and many other types of wholistic touch type therapies for years. I had my first acupuncture session with Callie a few days ago and found it one of the best I've ever received. I highly recommend her and I will definitely go back. A couple of days later now, I no longer have neck pain, I'm feeling much more balanced and my sleep has improved. Boise is lucky to have Callie.

Judy R

amy-markhoff
Callie is an amazing acupuncturist! From the thorough intake to the amazing sessions, I really felt and experienced positive changes with my shoulder issues. The sessions are very relaxing and vitalistic, which is what I look for in a healer. I like working with someone who looks at helping facilitate healing within the body, and I really got that with Callie. I highly recommend her!

Amy M

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Callie is one of a kind. A true gem on your path to health. She helped to rebalance me in some incredible ways. I apologize for the TMI, but I don't know how else to express that I had some female issues. Didn't get my period in months. With Callie's guidance, I was flowing once again. That's not all she did for me either. I would not only recommend her, I will continue to see her for my health maintenance. See her, you won't regret it!

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laurie-r
Callie is an amazingly gifted TCM practitioner. I have a sensitive system and am very particular when it comes to having anyone work with me. From her thorough intake process to her meticulous, compassionate process of treatment and her knowledge of elements and cures, Callie is by far one of the best I’ve ever been to in over 20 years. Boise is lucky to have her services!

Laurie R