Headaches and Migraines


Chinese Medicine and Headaches

Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines

In traditional medicine, headaches are considered to be symptomatic of poor circulation of Yin and Yang Ki. What does this mean though? It means that when the Yin and Yang Ki, which are meant to circulate freely around the body by means of the meridians, if the meridians become unhealthy or blocked in some fashion, then the Ki also becomes blocked or stagnant and in doing so causes the headaches in this person. Yin Ki normally sinks, whilst Yang Ki usually rises. However if the Yang remains upwards and the Yin stays down, then symptoms such as pain in the head area, heavy-headedness, hot flushing as well as cold extremities especially the feet can occur. In order to remedy this the proper circulation must be re-established.

Not all Headaches are the Same

There are headaches that only take place at night, these are often due to a Yin weakness. This cause symptoms to occur mostly at night, when the usual Yin Ki of the body is most active. There are headaches which are decidedly one-sided. These types of headaches or migraines are usually related to the Liver organ and the Gall Bladder meridian. In these cases the pathway of the pain follows the Gall Bladder meridian up to the sides of the head and remains stuck, causing considerable distress. Still other headaches are dull and persisting in nature, causing a foggy headedness, or  cloudy mind. These headaches most often occur around the forehead and are intimately connected to the digestion. So curing these headaches it becomes necessary to work with bringing the digestion back into a healthier state.


Research, Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines

Currently there is significant research backing up and validating the use of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for the treatment of headaches and migraines. In a Cochrane study of 22 trials, involving 4985 people, the results were in favor of Acupuncture over both the control group and those taking conventional medicine. In three of those trials, involving large numbers of people, about 1200, they showed that people were still feeling the positive results of the acupuncture even 6 months later. In 5 of these reviewed trials those participating experienced far less side effects than those taking conventional medicine.

Acupuncture works for headaches and Migraines

“Our findings about the number of days with migraine per month can be summarized as follows. If people have six days with migraine per month on average before starting treatment, this would be reduced to five days in people receiving only usual care, to four days in those receiving fake acupuncture or a prophylactic drug, and to three and a half days in those receiving true acupuncture.” https://www.cochrane.org/CD001218/SYMPT_acupuncture-preventing-migraine-attacks


Choose Rescue Acupuncture to Help

Well, the studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective tool for combating this condition. There are no magic pills in life and if you really want to get over these headaches and migraines then simply taking a prophylactic medication might solve the problem in the short term, but you are likely to get another headache or migraine a few days later yet again. So it becomes necessary to really understand why you are getting this problem and treatment should be able to reach the heart of the problem, only then will you have peace. This is why so many participants in these trials spent so much time free of their conditions long after treatment stopped.

A combination of proper diagnosis, coupled with a course of effective treatments using acupuncture and moxibustion, and in some cases lifestyle and dietary advice is all that is required.

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