Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have enjoyed a long and successful history of treating a wide variety of headache patterns. It is important to note that in our medicine, we treat the pattern of imbalance causing the symptoms (in this case, migraines). With that being said, there are many reasons why a person/patient will get a migraine and a band aid type treatment will work temporarily at best. We find the root cause of the problem and address that in order to get fast, long lasting results.
Currently, migraine headaches affect around five (5) million Americans. Some patients notice that certain foods, anxiety & hormonal imbalances could trigger migraines and this leaves them feeling hopeless. It also makes them take medications such as Imitrex without good effect.
In Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture, migraines have a few different causes or patterns of imbalance. The most coming is Liver Qi stagnation. This means that the functioning energy of the Liver becomes stuck and hyperactive (think of a soda can that you keep shaking and then open it). This could be due to pent up emotions, bad diet, anger and irritability. Liver-related headaches run through the Gall Bladder channel (the paired organ of the Liver) which covers the temporal region of the head.
There is another type of pattern imbalance in Chinese Medicine we call Kidney deficiency which is synonymous to adrenal fatigue. This pattern is due to overwork and even excessive will power. It is very common to get the migraines during rest and not when working all week. The pain is present in the Bladder channel (paired organ of the Kidney) and runs along the ridge of the neck.
Acupuncture is certainly worth pursuing as a powerful treatment option for migraines. The recommended number of treatment at OAK POINT are:
- Acute (fairly recent onset) 6 treatments, twice a week
- Chronic (getting migraines for years) 8 -10 treatments, twice a week
The first phase, we focus on reducing the symptoms, intensity and frequency of the migraines and do a re-evaluation after the recommended amount of treatments. After that, we will have a better idea of how to pursue. Acupuncture is a safe, relaxing and comfortable experience that optimizes our body’s functions.
Along with Acupuncture, we outline nutritional recommendations based on the pattern on imbalance as well as an herbal/all natural supplement to speed up the healing process.
Other helpful tips:
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol for 2 months and note any changes.
- Drink eight (8) glasses of filtered water daily. Dehydration plays an integral role in many headache patterns.
- Avoid sugars and refined sugars. (They are inflammatory).
- Eat plenty of organic vegetables and fruits.
- Avoid peanuts.
With the right combination of treatments, most patients respond very well. If you or someone you know suffer from migraine headaches, schedule a health screening at OAK POINT today and let’s help you put your migraines to rest, feel great and have a normal healthy life!
Written by Dimitri Boules LAc, LMT, CPE, CPT