Active Acupuncture - New York - NYC

Experienced Acupuncturists and Healers Serving New York City

Specialists of Acupuncture for Infertility, IVF, Women's Health,
Immune Disorders, Depression, and Pain Relief.

Appointments / Inquiries: (212) 974-2880

Active Acupuncture

Acupuncture for Headaches Migraines

NYC Headache AcupunctureHeadaches and migraines come in many different flavors. Acupuncture, even when performed by the novice practitioner, is effective in providing temporary relief from the common symptoms of headaches and migraines. However, in order to provide lasting relief, the overall health of the body and the root cause of the headaches must be elucidated. Headaches and migraines  can be caused by something as benign as a tense neck or by something much more insidious, such as a hormone imbalance. In our years of experience we have treated a wide array of headache and pain related disorders and our patients typically see results in just a few sessions.


I have been having major issues with sinus pain and back tightness and I have tried everything! Except for acupuncture of course. I found this place on line and read some of the reviews and totally agree that this is a great place to check out... My headache went aways - my shoulders still have a long way to go but they do feel more loose. I would recommed anyone go there! It is worth your while.

-C.L, Active Acupuncture Patient

I came to Dr. Chen for my problem with frequent headaches after a friend told me about their practice. I had never tried anything beyond pain killers and western medicine for my headaches. My neurologist had pretty much told me that if he gave me more medicine my liver would shut down. During my first visit, I was given a set of exercises to practice before treatments and at home to "ready my body for healing." After the exercises, I was given needles in my back arms and neck. When I went for my first treatment, my head felt pretty good, so I did not see any immediate benefits, but then my headache did not return for the rest of the week! I was so amazed I called and made appointments for the next month. When I go into the treatments with a headache, the relief is almost instant. When I get headaches at home, I do my exercises and it helps quite a bit. Now, after several months of treatments, my headaches come much less frequently and when they do come they do not feel nearly as bad. I have significantly lowered the dose of the medications I was taking and feel confident I won't need them in the future. I highly recommend Dr. Chen to anyone suffering from pain!

Scientific Literature

Key points from recent publications:

  • 91 suffers of migraine headaches or tension headaches were divided into two groups. One group was given acupuncture over 4 weeks and another continued on their previous headache treatments without acupuncture. The group that was given acupuncture had, on average, 51% fewer headaches, which was significantly better than the group that did not receive acupuncture. (more)
  • 401 patients, mostly suffering from migraine headaches were entered into a randomized, placebo-controlled study. The study concluded that acupuncture not only improved migraine symptoms across several criteria, but also presented a cost-effective alternative to traditional treatments. (more)
Quick Facts:
  • We have successfully treated a wide array of patients for pain related ailments.
  • Clinical trials have shown that acupuncture is not only effective for treating chronic headaches and migraines, but also that it is more cost effective than traditional treatments.
  • Studies have shown that New Yorker's busy lifestyles may make them more susceptible to headaches and migraines.