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Migrane can be helped by Acupuncture

A Variety of symptoms are associated with this distressing condition. The headaches may be preceded by flashing lights, blurred vision and other visual disturbances such as an 'aura' caused by temporary narrowing of the blood vessels to the brain. Immediately afterwards the arteries open up, allowing a gush of blood to the brain and causing a severe throbbing pain on one side of the head.

Not all migraines follow the same pattern. Some SUfferers experience numbness and tingling in the arms, or feelings of exhaustion, and extreme sensitivity to light. In Chinese Medicine, migraine is caused by excessive stagnation of energy in the liver and gallbladder which invades the stomach. The pain above the eyes, or flashing lights with pain in the forehead or sides of the head, indicate involvement of the channels from the liver.The nausea is caused by liver invasion of the stomach. Treatment concentrates on strengthening and tonifying the stomach, reducing the tension in the liver, and moving the qi from the liver and gallbladder, Ginseng, poria, ginger, and Chinese date would be used for the stomach; skullcap, thorowax root and strong purging herbs such as Chinese gentian for the liver; with acupuncture for the headaches. This treatment has an encouraging success rate. Acupuncture is often very effective; acupressure can achieve the same effect for people who are squeamish about needles, but herbal medicines can be prescribed. A combination of these methods can often be highly successful.

I have always recommended thatú║Get regular moderate exercise; Massage the neck and back of the head daily; Avoid salt and acid-forming foods such aS meat, cereal, bread, and grains, also avoid fried foods and fatty and greasy foods; Co Q 10 and Vitamin B are also recommended.



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