Occipital Neuralgia Treated With Acupuncture: A Case Report

Molly Mallory, Brent Bauer, Tony Y Chon

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We present a case report of a patient whose occipital neuralgia symptoms were substantially improved after a single acupuncture treatment with complete resolution after only a short course of care. The patient, a 78-year-old woman, presented to our institution’s neurology department with symptoms of posterior neck pain and electrical sensations in her head which had been present for more than 1 year. With a desire to avoid pharmacologic intervention or invasive procedures, the patient requested acupuncture treatment. The patient received 5 acupuncture treatments over the course of 8 days with substantial resolution of her head pain after a single treatment. This case is suggestive that acupuncture may be a beneficial treatment for patients with occipital neuralgia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGlobal Advances In Health and Medicine
StatePublished - 2019


  • acupuncture
  • integrative medicine
  • occipital neuralgia
  • pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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