Condition Treated / Pain Conditions




A migraine is a neuro-vascular functional disor er manifested as recurrent attacks of a unilateral headache. It is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and hypersensitivity to lights and sounds. Migraines are genetically inherited. Some cases of migraines appear after a head trauma. TCM holds that a migraine is caused by numerous factors. Emotional triggers such as anger and stress may lead to qi stagnation, which later transfers into fire or hyperactivity of the liver-yang that is manifested as restlessness and irritability, common symptoms of the clear orifices disturbance. Dysfunction of the spleen may produce internal phlegm and dampness which may mist the clear orifices and induce a migraine. The pathogenic factors in prolonged disease may settle in the collaterals and obstruct the flow of qi and blood in the channels and collaterals and thus manifest as a migraine.

(1) Clinical manifestations
Unilateral headaches localized in the forehead, temple and occipital region. Initial violent,
throbbing pain that can change into a persistent, dull pain. It may attack any time, but it
frequently occurs in the morning when the patient is getting up. The pain may last for hours to
days. A typical migraine has precursory symptoms such as a myopsis, visual field defects,
unilateral or homonymous blindness. The pain may shift from one place to another, even radiate to the neck and shoulders.

(2)Acupuncture Treatment
Principal points Ashi-point, Shuaigu (GB 8), Jiaosun (TE 20), Fengchi (GB 20), Hegu (LI 4),
Taichong (LR 3) and Waiguan (TE 5).
Supplementary points Add Sishencong (EX-HNl) and Xingjian (LR 2) to the pattern of hyperactivity of the liver-yang; add Fenglong (ST 40) and Zusanli (ST 36) to the pattern of phlegm-dampness; and add Xuehai (SP 10) and Geshu (BL 17) to the pattern of blood stasis.

Acupuncture works remarkably well in relieving the symptoms and reducing the paroxysmal frequency for migraines.
Treatment prior to the paroxysm is more effective than treatment during the paroxysm. For women, the attacks are related to the menstruation cycle, thus treatment should be given prior to the menstrual period.
During treatment, patients should obtain adequate sleep, avoid too much stress and excessive exertion.

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