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Acupuncture

Acupuncturists suggest that migraine headaches are caused by an imbalance in the body's flow of energy. They use acupuncture to reestablish this equilibrium, thereby treating the cause and the pain of migraine.

Although acupuncture can ease the pain of an attack, this therapy is best used as a preventive treatment for migraine.

Before treating with acupuncture, you need to ascertain the location of the headache. Because the head is traversed by many meridians, the location of the headache determines which meridians are involved. For example:
bulletPain in the occiput and nape of the neck indicates blockage in the bladder meridian.
bulletPain at the forehead and above the eyes indicates the stomach meridian.
bulletPain by the temples and side of the head is related to the gallbladder meridian.
bulletPain at the top of the head indicates an imbalance in the liver meridian.

Each of these headaches is relieved by applying acupuncture to different points.

In addition, the acupuncturist will want to know what the pain is like, if it is associated with particular weather patterns, food intake, time of day, and so on.   (See:How To Determine Your Migraine Trigger? ) After determining this, the acupuncturist will be able to design a treatment program to restore the flow of chi to normal and prevent the recurrence of headache.

Acupuncture points

For whole-head headache:

GV 20, GB 20, GV 16, LI 4, UB 40, UB 60.

Vertex headache:

GV 20, GB 20, K 1, LIV 3, K 3, Li 4.

Frontal headache:

LI 4, ST 36, ST 8, GV 23, Yin Tang, UB 2.

Occipital headache:

GB 20, UB 60, SI 3.

Parietal headache:

GV 20, SI 3, UB 67, LIV 3.

Headache from tiredness:

CV 6, ST 36.

Headache with dizziness:

LI 17, UB 12, UB 60, CV 4, TW I.

Migraine with vomiting, fullness of chest, and vertigo:

GB 20, Tai-yang, GV 20, LIV 3, GB 8, TW 3, CV 12, ST 40, PC 6.

Ear points:

subcortex, forehead, occiput, kidneys, pancreas, gall bladder, and points of tenderness in ears.

Acupuncture is shown to be effective in treating migraine headaches. The exact mechanism of action is not known. One theory suggests that acupuncture releases endorphins, the brain's natural painkillers. Another states acupuncture may stabilize levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain.

Research done in New Zealand has shown that after as few as 12 treatment sessions, patients experience fewer and less-severe migraine attacks.

Acupuncture is often coupled with Chinese herbs, changes in diet and lifestyle, vitamin supplements, and other measures.

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