Acupuncture for Migraines
Migraines are Usually Caused by a Combination of Excess and Deficiency
In Chinese medicine there is a life force called chi that circulates all over the body on pathways called channels or meridians. When this force becomes blocked we feel pain. With migraines there is usually an excess of stress, which causes tension and blocks the flow of chi. There is typically also a deficiency, like in exhaustion, which depletes our reserves and makes us both more susceptible to stress and less able to handle its effects. The treatment principle for migraines, therefore, is many-fold: unblock the chi, strengthen what is deficient and release tension to reduce stress.
Acupuncture Can Help Stop Pain
Migraine pain usually occurs along the acupuncture channel that zigzags over the side of the head, passes over the top of the shoulder and eventually makes it way down the side of the body to the 4th toe. With migraines it is very common for pain to travel up this channel from the shoulder to the base of the neck and up the side of the head to the temple and eye. Acupuncture points on this pathway are very good for reversing this process, releasing tension that is stored in the muscles to ease stress and stop pain.
Chinese Herbs Can be Helpful as Well
Taking herbs can enhance the effects of your acupuncture treatments, helping to address symptoms from the inside out. If you are interested in trying some Chinese herbs they are available in a convenient pill form and are included with your session at no extra charge. One formula that is commonly used for migraines is "tian ma gou teng wan," which is based on the gastrodia tuber. This formula is calming and helps stop pain. Please click here to learn more about the herbs that we carry.
As Can Chinese Massage
Chinese massage can enhance the effects of acupuncture and is healing in its own right. Tuina is the foundation of these techniques, and can include anything from broad, superficial strokes to deeper, more focused pressure. With cupping, glass orbs are suctioned to the skin, releasing tension, opening the flow of chi, and pulling blood to the area so muscles can soften and heal. Acupressure manually releases tissues, while medicated oils reduce inflammation, enhance circulation, and stop pain. If you are interested in trying Chinese massage it is included with your acupuncture session at no extra charge or you can schedule for a massage. Please click here to learn more about Chinese massage.
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