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:
Swiss chard
Bok choy
Celery (one of the best)
Romaine lettuce
Collard greens
Goji berries
Mustard greens
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.

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10. August 2014 · Comments Off on For a lot of people headache is a sad reality of life they have to cope with everyday. · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Virtually everyone in the world at one point in his/her life will experience some type of headache. Each year, in the United States around 45 million people suffer from long-term or chronic headaches and about 28 million individuals experience very painful migraines.

To make matters worse, around 4% of adults in the US have to endure headaches on a daily basis. For a lot of people headache is a sad reality of life they have to cope with everyday.

At times, the headaches can be unbearable that a person may be forced to take analgesics or painkilling drugs. Unfortunately, these drugs only provide fleeting relief and create side effects to the one taking them.

Other choices of treatment include acupuncture. This ancient Chinese modality has become a huge benefit for people experiencing frequent headaches. Acupuncture is also potent enough to treat chronic headaches without having the side effects that conventional painkillers have. The potency of acupuncture is such that it makes it possible for the person to decrease his/her medication usage and even at times, help stop using them altogether.

Results from a study performed by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of medicine revealed that when combined with management of medical science, acupuncture has the capacity to improve a person’s quality of life who is suffering from long-term or chronic headaches.

Acupuncture can perform magnificent therapeutic effects that medical management is unable to do. The medical science established in China has come to believe that one of the major reasons for headache is the obstruction of normal flow of blood and Qi (vital energy) in the body.

The aim of acupuncture therapy is to remove the obstruction blocking Qi and blood flow. This Chinese medical procedure requires puncturing certain parts of the body with very thin acupuncture needles where the headache exists in combination with other associated pathways or channels of energy.

The frequency and duration of the treatment may depend on how the patient reacts to the given treatment. Some patients may also be required drink some kind of Chinese herbal remedies along with this treatment.

In order to reduce the frequency and magnitude of the headache and manage the pain, the person may need to do the following:

-Limit the intake of soups
-Staying away from greasy and fried foods
-Eat a balanced diet
-Minimize the intake of caffeine
-Manage stress

If one is experiencing headache that keeps on coming back, he/she should then heed the instructions of his/her physician. The person needs to look for and consult with a licensed and preferably experienced acupuncturist who often deals with migraines and headaches.

Acupuncture is a verified and well-established form of treatment that is most effective when it is used to treat pain and painful conditions such as headaches. This treatment is a highly effective for the treatment of many types of headaches including cluster headaches, cervicogenic headaches and migraines.

One of the other benefits of acupuncture is its ability to relax the muscles that have become really tight during times of stress. One other benefit is that it helps restore the balance of chemicals in the body. The most important thing is that the sufferer gets relief of his/her misery with acupuncture.

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.