Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Migraine

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine treatment for migraine
By Virginia Jin 04/03/2020

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine treatment for migraine


At present, the etiology of migraine is still unclear. Some migraine patients have a family genetic history, so it is believed that heredity and migraine have a certain relationship, and migraine patients often have obvious family clustering. Also, migraine is closely related to diet. Some patients may have migraine attacks after eating sweets, such as chocolate and red wine. During menstruation, some women also cause migraine due to the secretion of hormones. Therefore, related studies believe that there is a relationship between endocrine and migraine. Other mental factors can also induce migraines, such as those in anxiety and depression.

Traditional Chinese medicine treats migraine with emphasis on the dialectical treatment of the patient’s pathogenesis and clinical manifestations, that is, according to the specific conditions of each patient. Traditional Chinese medicine treats migraine by dialectical treatment from liver wind, phlegm and blood stasis. Such as liver yang hyperactivity, wind and fire-related “headwind”, mostly manifested as sudden headache, showing throbbing pain or swelling, severe pain, accompanied by nausea and vomiting, dry mouth and bitter. For those with cold hands and feet during headache, exacerbation of cold, nausea and vomiting, and weak tongue, generally the syndrome of deficiency of the cold is mainly warm-yang. Different syndromes should be treated with different prescriptions. Generally, cold medicine is used for hot syndrome, and cold medicine is used for the cold syndrome. If female patients often experience migraine before menstruation, they can take Jiawei Xiaoyao Pills together; when they have headaches, their hands and feet become cold, or they are usually afraid of cold. People with fever can take Zhibai Dihuang Pills; when migraine attacks are induced after a cold, they can be treated with Zhiju Shangqing pills or Chuanxiong tea tune granules.

Acupuncture treatment of migraine, the effect is currently one of the preferred methods of the entire migraine treatment or even the preferred method. Because acupuncture treatment of migraine is not only in the acute phase, the onset of pain, or the early stage of large-scale headache, it can relieve pain, eliminate the clinical symptoms of migraine, and relieve the patient’s pain. More often, when migraine does not occur, it will also prevent headache and some related primary diseases, or have a special and irreplaceable role in the adjustment of overall function. And this method has no side effects, and sometimes through self-regulation, rather than just through Meds regulation to achieve the analgesic effect, that is to say, it can cure both the symptoms and the root cause.

Treatment is usually one to three months, and follow-up is three months after stopping treatment.

Face Paralysis

Acupuncture therapy and Peripheral Facial Paralysis

19 February 2020 Tony Jiang

Peripheral facial paralysis is also called as “Bell’s palsy” and “Facial neuritis”. This disease is considered as a type of facial paralysis and it is caused by non-specific inflammation of the facial nerve. The common causes of this illness include encountering cold, suffering from tired, improper diet, binge drinking, etc. Additionally, based on epidemiological investigation, the morbidity of the facial paralysis is not closely related to different age group. Many patients think that aged people are more probably to be suffering from peripheral facial paralysis than young people. However, it is not the case. For example, maintaining ventilation in the vehicle or taking too much cold air from the air conditioner usually leads to facial palsy among young people.

The course of peripheral facial palsy can be divided to three major stages: acute stage (the first 2 weeks), recovery stage (3 week – 3 months), and sequelae stage (3 months — 6 months). This facial nerve disease can contribute to some painful symptoms such as opisthotic pain, deflection of the angle of the month, salivating and so on. Moreover, the patients often cannot finish some important facial actions such as lifting the eyebrow, twitching nose, drumming cheek and whistling of the affected side. Additionally, peripheral facial paralysis has a significant impact on taking food because the food may remain in the oral cavity of the affected side. All of the symptoms which have been mentioned above can negatively impact the patients’ daily life. Furthermore, according to the result of statistical data, approximately 70% of patients will be subjected to severe sequela and these patients are also faced with some psychological illness because of their terrible appearance.

Acupuncture and Western treatments
The treatment method of peripheral facial paralysis includes Meds therapy and traditional therapy. The Meds treatment has some side effect. As an illustration, prednisone tablet is the main Meds which can effectively eliminate facial nerve inflammation. However, the usage of hormone Meds is not suitable for patients who suffer from severe hypertension, diabetes, gastric ulcer, etc., Compared to this treatment method, traditional Chinese therapy almost has no side effect and Chinese acupuncture therapy has an obvious curative effect on treating peripheral facial palsy. For another, facial palsy was considered as one of the 43 adaption diseases of acupuncture treatment by “World Health Organization (WHO)” in 1980 and electro-acupuncture therapy has a remarkedly cured rate. The results of some experimental research indicate that proper electro-acupuncture stimulation can lead to the release of the trophic divisor of the facial nerve. Consequently, this process can promote the repair of the injured facial nerve. For most patients, the best acupuncture intervention time is 3-10 days since getting this illness. In case missing this crucial period, the occurrence rate of facial paralysis sequelae will increase significantly. The commonly used acupuncture points are Fengchi, Yangbai, Tongziliao, Sibai, Jiachengjiang, Dicang, Kouheliao, Hegu, Zhongzhu, etc., The electro-acupuncture treatment duration is 20-30 minutes every time, 2-3 times every week, 6 times every treatment course. The majority of patients can be cured after 2-4 treatment courses (1-2 months).

However, electro-therapy has no obvious effect on all of the patients. The curative effect is also closely associated with the patients’ age, medical history, the course of the disease, and the extent of the facial nerve injury, etc., For example, according to my own clinical experience and some medical investigation, the patients suffering from pool-controlled diabetes, severe hyperlipidemia are more likely to be faced with facial paralysis sequelae. Therefore, receiving acupuncture therapy as soon as possible and effectively treating basic diseases is significantly important for the prognosis of peripheral facial paralysis.

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Migraine and Acupuncture

Migraine and Acupuncture

A few patients came into the clinic with a severe migraine, mostly females instead of males. When they came to see me they all had similar conditions, severe headaches of varying intensity, sensitive eyes, blocked ears, some patients have nausea, can’t concentrate on driving. In other words, life was very uncomfortable.

When patients came to see me they already had 2 days of headache and after taking some pain killers, it still didn’t help. For migraine patients, I usually check their blood pressure first and if it’s the first time seeing me I would try and find out whether they had any previous head injuries, anything else like surgery or tumour of the brain, or anything like that in the past and is currently taking medication for. As for female patients, it’s usually caused by period pains, menopause or depression. For male patients, this is usually aggravated by pressure before competitions. e.g sports (I had a patient who plays competitive rugby who had high-pressure training, he gets severe migraine and neck problems as well).

Acupuncture treat migraine with very good results. I treated a patient recently that’s getting severe migraine while doing a big art exhibition from overseas, migraine was brought on from too much pressure on himself, he had a migraine for 2 weeks when he came to see me. Before he came to see me he took a lot of pain killers but it still didn’t help. This patient came back to New Zealand from overseas to see because when he returned home, he had an MRI scan for his brain, electrocardiogram and blood pressure checked, and everything appears to be normal but was still getting headaches.

I treated him for 3 days. After the first day, he can fall sleep but the headaches are still there, however it was not very severe. After the second day of the treatment, his headache pain level had reduced by 70%. After the third day, he told me the headache was almost gone but it was still a little bit pain, definitely not like it was when he first came to see me. I also did a follow-up treatment for his stiff neck. There are also patients that get mixed results from either couldn’t get to see me after the first treatment or only treat it once or twice, best results is usually after 4 treatments. 30% of people will get worse after first-time treatment, we called it “MING XUAN”, and this is a good sign as your body is getting information to restart the healing process.

For chronic symptoms, I suggested to my patients to make a regular treatment plan to make sure we get the best possible results.

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