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Acupuncture eases migraine

THREE times more women than men regularly suffer attacks of severe headaches accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound and smell. The phenomenon is almost always diagnosed as migraine.

Especially in springtime, when the season is turning from the yin (cold energy) peak in winter to the yang (hot energy) peak in summer, migraine appears more often due to its yang character.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains migraine as an imbalance of yin and yang in the body, and identifies three related disease patterns.

The most common pattern is the disharmony of the liver system that regulates the flow of qi (energy). Symptoms are moderate to severe pain, often pulsating and increasing with physical activity. In many cases, the patient simultaneously suffers from emotional stress, depression and anxiety, and a feeling of pressure on the chest.

Second, migraine can be triggered by a deficiency of the kidneys. The headaches are mild to moderate and are often accompanied by low back pain and low energy.

Furthermore, migraine is regularly caused by external factors such as wind, dampness, heat or cold. The location of the headache and the type specifies the related organ system that needs to be identified.

TCM has an excellent track record in relieving pain and treating migraine. Acupuncture especially has been proven an effective therapy for many patients worldwide. By stimulating selected points, the body's balance can be restored and the frequency and intensity of the headaches can be reduced step-by-step.

Additionally, herbal remedies are very useful in addressing the energy imbalance that can lead to migraine. Herbs such as chai hu (hare's ear root) or dang gui (known as the "female ginseng") have been used in TCM for thousands of years to help relieve numerous conditions including headaches.


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