Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Migraines
What Is Migraines?
Migraines - Basics
A migraine headache is characterized by an intense, throbbing pain in one area of the head and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can be triggered by sudden exposure to light, stress, anxiety, lack of food or sleep, or hormonal changes. A migraine can last from 1 to 4 days, and is sometimes preceded by indicators such as visual disturbances, tingling sensation, impaired speech or muscle weakness. This set of indicators before a migraine is called an aura.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for migraines.
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Which Acupuncture Point Protocols May Be Applied For Migraines?
Migraines - Acupuncture Protocols
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following acupuncture treatment protocols may be used with migraines:
Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Migraines?
Migraines - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for migraines that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.
The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with migraines:
1 Point Is Empirically Important For Migraines
2 TCM Herbs Are Potentially Used With Migraines
Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Migraines
The Following (5)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Migraines
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan (Ligusticum Tea Pills)
- Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-heat/wind-damp), with neck stiffness, muscle aches and/or nasal discharge.
- In certain cases may be useful for migraines, frequent headaches - particularly when they are influenced by cold weather and/or changing from warm to cold environments.
- Rhinitis, sinusitis.
- Use only with direction during pregnancy.
- Avoid in cases of headache from liver yang rising or deficiencies of qi and/or blood.
Tong Qiao Huo Xue Wan (Unblock the Orifices and Invigorate the Blood Decoction)
- Blood stagnation particularly in the head - migraines and/or headaches with other sensory factors - auras, sound sensitivity, etc.
- Dizziness, tinnitus, hair loss - with underlying blood stagnation signs.
- Stroke, seizure disorder, post concussion headaches.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Avoid during pregnancy.
- Avoid with heavy menstrual bleeding.
- Use only under direction if you are taking blood thinners.
- Generally not for long term use.
Xie Xin Wan (Drain the Epigastrium Formula)
Signs of damp-heat with interior clumping which may settle into the abdominal region and/or rise upward to the head. Fever, irritability, red eyes, constipation, dark urine, flushed face - middle warmer issues - jaundice, dysentery, tongue/mouth ulcers.
Pulse will be be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red, swollen with a yellow greasy tongue coating.
Yue Ju Wan (Escape Restraint Pill)
- An important formula for plum pit qi and related issues arising from qi stagnation (from many factors) - an oppressive sensation in the chest and/or diaphgram, gerd, reflux, indigestion, nausea, belching with a fetid odor.
- Gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, intercostal neuralgia, cholecystitis, cholelithiasis.
- Infectious hepatitis.
- Migraines when the underlying factor is that of stagnation.
- Besides a range of digestive issues, the formula may be used for a wide range of psychiatric conditions including depression, schizophrenia, panic disorder, etc. when the underlying factor is chiefly stagnation.
- Generally should be avoided in cases where the issues are arising from predominately deficiency syndromes (weakness, loose stools, no appetite).
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