Acupuncture Is Super Effective On Headaches & Migraines
Clinically, many patients with headaches and migraines are often seen. Although they have taken many painkillers, the therapeutic effect is not obvious. They often relapse frequently after the pain is relieved. This makes the patients miserable. In fact, acupuncture has a good effect in treating headaches and migraines and has the advantage of direct treatment of the disease. It can significantly reduce symptoms and reduce the frequency of attacks clinically. Patients with migraines may wish to try acupuncture therapy.
What are the clinical manifestations of migraine?
Headaches are mostly on one side, often confined to the forehead, temples, and occipital areas. The pain begins with severe fluctuating pain and then turns into a persistent dull pain. It can occur at any time, but it often occurs after getting up in the morning, or after being nervous or angry, and the symptoms can last for several hours to several days. A typical migraine has aura symptoms, such as flashing dark spots in front of the eyes, visual field defects, single blindness, or ipsilateral hemianopia. During the attack, the painful part can be transferred to another part, and it can radiate to the neck and shoulders.
What is the cause of migraines?
From the perspective of western medicine, in addition to surgical headaches caused by intracranial organic diseases (such as intracranial masses, etc.), the most common migraines are medical headaches, which are diseases caused by neurological and vascular dysfunction. With recurrent head pain on one side, it is even accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or allergy to light and sound. This disease has genetic factors, and some patients can appear after head trauma.
Chinese medicine believes that this disease is mostly related to anger and emotional tension. Its pathogenesis is mostly from emotional failure, depression for a long time to turn fire; or irritability, hyperactivity of liver yang, and disturbance of clear orifice; or failure of the spleen, phlegm, and dampness endogenous, clear orifice obscuration; or long-term illness into the collaterals and veins. Arthralgia causes pain.
How is TCM acupuncture treatment?
According to the theory of syndrome differentiation and treatment in traditional Chinese medicine, the method of combining visceral syndrome differentiation and meridian differentiation is adopted, and different treatment sources are determined according to different syndrome types. For those caused by Qi stagnation and transforming fire, it will dissipate stagnation and heat and relieve meridians; due to hyperactivity of liver yang, To clear the orifice, suppress the liver and suppress the yang, nourish water and constrain the wood; if the spleen loses its vitality, phlegm dampness is caused by the dampness of the spleen, the spleen is invigorated and the phlegm is reduced, and the spleen is reduced to clear the meridian; Obstruction of the collaterals and collaterals can cause pain. It promotes blood circulation, removes blood stasis, promotes qi, and relieves pain, and at the same time, it is used to regulate the local meridian qi of Shaoyang, Yangming, or the sun to achieve the purpose of treating both the symptoms and the root causes.
Commonly used clinical acupuncture points: Ashi point, Xiegu, Jiaosun, Fengchi, Hegu, Taichong, Waiguan.
Matching points: Liver-yang hyperactivity plus Sishencong and Xingjian; phlegm dampness plus Fenglong and Zusanli; blood stasis headache plus Xuehai, Geshu and other points.
Auricular acupuncture points: temporal, ear tip, subcortical nervous system, sympathetic, and diplomatic sense.
At the same time, it can also be combined with traditional Chinese medicine decoctions or Chinese patent medicines with the main functions of soothing the liver and relieving depression, promoting qi, and promoting blood circulation, so as to achieve the purpose of expelling chronic diseases and treating both symptoms and root causes.
Acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicine have a good effect on the treatment of migraines. Some female patients whose migraine attacks are related to the menstrual cycle should be treated before menstruation; patients should ensure enough sleep during treatment to avoid excessive stress to reduce attacks.
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