17. February 2020 · Comments Off on Chinese Nutritional Therapy For Migraines and Headaches · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags: , ,

One of the most underrated and yet powerful therapy that can help heal a person suffering from headaches or migraines is food. For me, it is a bit surprising that there are people who believe they are following a healthy daily diet only to find out that for the most part, what they eat has extremely low nutritional content. Much of the food we eat today actually causes inflammation in the body.
Gabriel Cousens M.D. in his book, “There is a Cure for Diabetes” states that out of the seven stages of illness, inflammation is the fourth. Migraines and headaches are manifestations of inflammation within the head. You have foods that exacerbate the problem and cause inflammation and foods that will make you better. Chinese nutritional therapy is a very sensible and simple treatment that utilizes food as a tool to truly help a person heal.

Foods that can bring about migraines and headaches:

Eggs: If your digestive system is weak or if your stomach does not contain enough hydrochloric acid, consuming eggs can increase the amount of ammonia in your stomach, which can irritate and saturate your CNS or central nervous system. Therefore, you may need to completely refrain from eating eggs.

Dairy: This type of food produces mucus in the body adding pressure to the lymphatic system, and eventually increases pressure on the CNS. Refrain from eating all dairy products.

Meat (chicken, beef, and pork): Dense proteins can increase the production of ammonia in the body when your digestive system is weak and when you don’t have enough hydrochloric acid in your stomach. Again too much ammonia in your stomach can irritate and saturate your CNS.

Gluten (rye, wheat, spelt, barley). Gluten increases the histamines in your body and disrupts the function of your immune system, both of which can trigger migraines. Eliminate gluten in your diet.

Salt: Refrain from using table salt. Pick Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt if you need to use salt.
Fermented Foods (kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut, ketchup): vinegar-based and fermented food make your body acidic by lowering the pH in your intestinal tract, which then can result in migraines.

Additives (Splenda, Asparatame, MSG): These products are neurotoxins and can easily trigger migraine headaches.

Oils: The oils causing inflammation include canola, cottonseed, corn and palm oil, which when non-organic or heated can be extremely inflammatory. Coconut oil that has been cold pressed and not been heated is the best oil for migraine sufferers.

Chocolate: To the CNS, chocolate can be extremely aggressive and overstimulating. It is actually categorized as a neurotoxin that can activate migraines. Some individuals believe that caffeine and chocolate can actually relieve migraines. They’ve felt that effect because caffeine can activate the adrenals to produce large amounts of adrenalin that flood the body and this acts as a temporary halt of the inflammation helping prevent migraine symptoms. After a while though, the effect of caffeine weakens which can lead to negative consequences.

Alcohol: This substance injures the liver and is extremely dehydrating.

Healing Foods for migraines and headaches:
Foods commonly eaten that promote blood and yin in the body:
Asparagus
Watermelon
Basil
Tomatoes
Beets
Swiss chard
Bok choy
Spinach
Celery (one of the best)
Romaine lettuce
Cherries
Raspberries
Cilantro
Pomegranate
Collard greens
Parsley
Goji berries
Mustard greens
Kale
All leafy green vegetables

Many of those abovementioned foods are cold by nature, which is good since the body needs to be cooled down when you have migraine or headache. Most fruits and veggies are naturally thermally cold besides flooding the body with essential nutrients, they can help alleviate inflammation in your body as well.

I would recommend for migraine and headache sufferers to undergo a thirty-day detoxification program where you eat nothing but fruits (25 percent) and veggies (75 percent). You may need to adapt to the program if you’ve been eating meat all your life. Since vegetables and fruits contain protein in them, you’ll eventually learn to adjust. The initial seven days may be very difficult than most people but after just a week of eating this alone, you’ll be able to feel your headaches and migraines significantly decreasing in magnitude and frequency.

Chinese nutritional therapy has proven to be a powerful but simple way to guide you on the path to healing from migraines and headaches.

Thrive Wellness Center
2499 Glades Rd #305a
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 416-4391
http://thrivewellnesscenter.com/acupuncture-boca-raton/

03. August 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

All over the world an innumerable multitude of people cope with headaches and migraines. Researchers have stated that in the United States alone about 28 million people suffer from severe migraines while around 45 million experience chronic headaches.

About 5% of adults in do experience headaches on a regular basis. It is really unfortunate that individuals are unable to really understand the pain people suffering from daily headaches go through. They seem to be unable to escape the discomfort and extreme pain that accompany one of these attacks.

To help cope with their headaches, most individuals will opt for painkillers that they take everyday. The fact is these painkillers merely offer temporary stoppage of the pain. It’s okay to use painkillers though; however, they should not be used as a form of long-term treatment since some of these drugs can leave you with many side effects and an addiction to them.

Since painkillers are poor long term options, more and more people are becoming aware of another natural, more effective and safer option to painkillers. This option is acupuncture. Acupuncture has actually been around for thousands of years and has been used to treat all kinds of pain, even headaches and migraines. Sufferers of chronic headache are converting to acupuncture in droves since it has been a proven safe treatment that does not have any side effects. Acupuncture’s use has lessened the utilization of conventional modes of treatment for millions of individuals all over the world.

The University of North Carolina School of medicine made a study that can provide some good news for people with chronic headache. This study proved that combined with some application of medical science, acupuncture is able to significantly and positively affect the quality of life of regular headache sufferers.

However, even though acupuncture has proved to be very useful in treating migraines and headaches, a person regularly suffering headaches can do other things to minimize the attacks. This means watching what you eat, lowering stress, and limiting or avoiding drinking caffeinated beverages.

25. April 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Migraines · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A lot of individuals know that acupuncture is the physical act of inserting hair-thin needles into the skin in order to heal the body and help a person to relax. Acupuncture goes way beyond than the mere sticking of needles into the skin. The Chinese have used acupuncture to restore balance to the chi of the individual. Chi is known as the vital energy in the body that brings life and circulates like electricity all over a person’s body. When this energy flow is obstructed and starts to stagnate, a person’s health is affected. Now, researchers are investigating the role of acupuncture for migraine reduction and treatment.

Acupuncture Studies for Migraine Treatment

There are published studies that show strong evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness for the relief of migraine. The JAMA or Journal of the American Medical Association posted an article “Acupuncture for Patients with Migraine.” This article focused on a study that involved 302 subjects a majority of them women suffering from migraine headaches.  The subjects were given acupuncture, sham acupuncture and a waiting list control. The conductors of the study said that sham acupuncture was equally as potent as regular acupuncture and both of these therapies produced more substantial results than those of the wait list control.

Blackwell Synergy also published a study involving 160 women subjects. The subjects were run through a controlled study observing acupuncture’s effects on migraines compared to the use of flunarizine for the treatment of migraines. Group A was treated for a couple of months with weekly acupuncture and then afterwards once a month for four months. Flunarizine was administered to subjects every day for a couple of months and then afterwards, 20 days in a month for four months. The conclusion was amazing. It showed that acupuncture as clearly being the most effective modality out of the two.

Overcoming the Fear of Needles

One very important thing to remember if you are seriously considering acupuncture is to look for a licensed and experienced acupuncturist to provide you with a treatment that is safe, proper and effective. The acupuncturist will first inform you about sterilizing procedures particularly his/her use of single use disposable sterile needles for the procedure.  He will help allay your fear about the needles and help you feel as relaxed as possible. If you are unable to overcome your fear of needles, the acupuncturist may provide you with other alternative therapies such as ear cups, magnetic needles and herbal formulas.  These modalities are as effective as the acupuncture treatment itself.

When coming in for treatment, make sure you know what you are seeking treatment for. It is also a good idea to give relevant medical information about your health to your acupuncturist so that he/she may select the acupuncture for migraine treatment that is right for you.

 

DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214
http://www.miamiacupunctureclinic.com/

17. November 2013 · Comments Off on Migraines – Coping and Support · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A migraine attack can be so severe that it can incapacitate the sufferer and make him live a poor quality of life. Fortunately there are ways to help the sufferer cope with this painful condition.   Medicines, alternative therapies and relaxation techniques can lessen the occurrence of your migraines and make them more manageable.

Preventive Medications

Medicines are the primary modes of treatment for migraines headaches. To prevent or lessen the frequency of these headaches, preventive drugs such as Beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers and tricyclic antidepressants are prescribed by doctors.

Beta blockers include:

  • Propanalol – Inderal
  • Metoprolol – Toprol

Calcium channel blockers constrict the blood vessels. These medications can include:

  • Dilatizem – Cardizem
  • Verapamil

Antidepressants

  • Nortriptyline
  • Amitriptyline

In order for these medications to be safe and effective, follow the medication treatment plan your doctor has created for you.

Relieve emotional stress – Learn how to relax by following relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing. These will help lessen or prevent the   recurrence of your migraines. Adequate rest and sleeping is vital in removing or lessening physical stress.

Get regular exercise – Performing exercises for at least 20 minutes thrice a week can cut down on stress and make your immune system stronger. .

Follow a regular routine – This means getting enough sleep at night and eating snacks and meals in the same hours everyday.

Stop smoking – Headaches sometimes are caused by smoking. For people who have already headaches primary and secondary smoking can worsen their headache pain and make their cluster headaches worse. Refer to your doctor on how to stop smoking and where to get support for smoking cessation.

Identify the triggers of your migraine – Keeping a journal or diary that tracks the factors that triggers your headaches can help you avoid these migraine triggers in the future.

Support groups and organizations that deal with migraine headaches are there to help you out with your migraine problem. You can contact these organizations and support whenever you need help or need relevant information about your migraine. These organizations and groups include:

  • National Headache Foundation
  • American Headache Society
  • MAGNUM or the National Migraine Association