These are the most common headaches, and generally cause infrequent mild to moderate pain. Most people suffer from the occasional headache, but for some people, tension headaches are so frequent that they require treatment.
A migraine headache can be disabling and severe. A migraine headache is a neurological problem which is characterized by painful headaches, often accompanied by nausea and sensory changes.
Generally migraine headaches are very painful, one sided and can last for a period of a few hours up to several days.
A migraine headache can affect both men and women although, women experience migraines at least three times more often than men do. While migraines can occur in childhood, they most often start in later life.
Most common migraine symptoms include increased sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting. More than half of migraine sufferers perceive an aura-unusual visual, aromatic or any other type of sensory experience which usually arises before the headache begins
Acupuncture is a safe and effective non drug therapy used for the relief of headache and migraine
The effective use of Acupuncture for the relief from symptoms of both migraine and tension headache has been reported by many independent studies Acupuncture is not only an effective, drug free solution for the associated pain relief it helps modulate endocrine and nervous system and stimulates the self-healing process of the body.
Acupuncture treatment helps to prevent migraine attacks, by addressing the root cause it doesn't just suppress the symptoms.
Migraine triggers vary from person to person. Five element acupuncture treats migraine headaches in accordance to the overall condition of the patient, not only the nature of the headache.
The headache is a result of disturbance or imbalance of the flow of energy Qi within the organ system or the Channel system Meridians which regulate the functions of the body and mind. The smooth flow of qi regulates emotional activities as well as ensures that the overall body activity functions normally.
Symptoms associated with a common migraine (migraine without aura) include
Nausea you may feel queasy and sick, this may be followed by vomiting. You may have sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound and/or sensitivity to smell, which is why many people with a migraine want to rest in a quiet, dark room. These symptoms often occur at the same time as the migraine and usually disappear once the headache eases.
The symptoms below can also occur during both, common or classical migraines.
- Poor concentration
- Feeling very hot or very cold
- Abdominal pain (which can sometimes cause diarrhoea)
- Frequent need to urinate
Not everyone experiences these symptoms when they have a migraine, and they do not usually all occur at once. The symptoms of a migraine will usually disappear when the headache goes however, you may feel very tired for up to seven days after a migraine.
In Chinese Medicine the disharmony of the Liver system is the most common cause of a migraine type headache. Disharmony of the Liver system, deficiency of energy or excess of energy, causes irregular Qi flow and blood stasis, and accumulation of heat inside the body. Both Qi stagnation and heat accumulation may result in migraine headache. This type of migraine has symptoms of pain that are moderate to severe in intensity, sometimes with a throbbing quality. This type of migraine is common alongside emotional strain or stress, and may be accompanied by a feeling of oppression in the chest.
A long history of headache or the onset after illness can be caused by a Kidney deficient type of migraine which tends to be less painful with mild to moderate intensity and is often combined with symptoms of lower back weakness, low energy and tiredness.
World health organization review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials. Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html