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Relieving headaches with traditional chinese medicine

There is a difference - recognized in both western Chinese medicine - between primary and secondary types of headache. A primary headache (like the tension, migraine, or cluster type) is in itself a clinical condition rather than a symptom of something else. In contrast, secondary headaches are the result of other medical conditions. Most commonly they are caused by sinuses, allergies, head injury, brain tumors, and even dental issues. Where acupuncture is really effective is for the treatment of primary headaches - especially those common and painfully annoying tension and migraine headaches.

To give you some background (and this gets rather scientific), our internal organs are regulated by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The former is the one engaging the "fight or flight" response during stress. The later balances this by activating the relaxation response. When you’re stressed for a long time (or overly-stressed in general), the sympathetic system overpowers the parasympathetic, leading to your neck and upper back becoming stiff, your eyes feeling heavy, and ultimately you developing tension headaches, anxiety, irritability, and even digestive issues.

Acupuncture has been effective in treating headaches for thousands of years by increasing blood flow in the tissues by dilating small vessels around the stimulated area. Similarly, acupuncture helps prevent migraines by decreasing muscle tension via increased activity of the parasympathetic nervous system.


Dr. Natalia Shmidt


From her completion of the Advanced Acupuncture Program at the world-famous Botkin’s Hospital, Institute of Advancement in Medicine in Moscow to her becoming a New York State Licensed and National Board Certified Acupuncturist (NCCA), Dr. Shmidt has a uniquely deep and comprehensive understanding of acupuncture.

In 1989, she became one of the first students invited into the famous, one-of-a-kind Osteoreception program of Professor Yankovsky at the Institute of Clinical Medicine in Riga, Latvia. In this program - which draws students from as far as Australia - Dr. Shmidt learned to perform an extremely-effective acupuncture therapy. This allowed Dr.Shmidt to treat myopia (nearsighted) in children up to the age of 15 y.o., bronchial asthma, and joint disorders with a very high success rate.

As an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist certified by Lincoln Hospital, she understands the nuances of using acupuncture to achieve definitive results for substance abuse patients.

Acupuncture relies on an intricate understanding of the internal working of the body, how everything is connected. It is the ultimate mastery of cause and effect. Expert acupuncturists, like Dr. Shmidt can apply pressure to a point on your body knowing exactly what beneficial effect this will have on a specific organ, for example.

Besides therapeutic applications, Dr. Shmidt is also expertly trained in facial lifting acupuncture. Understanding why certain applications of pressure result in skin improvements is part of Dr. Shmidt’s deep understanding of the principles and practical effects of acupuncture.

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