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How Acupuncture Works for Headaches

CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT THE CAUSE OF A HEADACHE? Usually! All bodily pains are necessary signals telling us that an imbalance has occurred somewhere in the physical-emotional body. Headaches rarely originate from problems in the head itself. They usually only occur in the thin sheet of muscle just under the scalp. An acupuncturist can diagnose the headache and determine which organ is causing it.

Immediate relief can come from breaking up the muscle spasms in the head and neck. This is achieved by: 1) Altering the electric charge in the nerves (discharging). 2) Sedating the pain sensors. 3) Using massage and gentle heat to open up the blocked circulation.

For a TENSION HEADACHE, painless needles are placed in the shoulders and neck area in order to release muscle spasms and stimulate an anti-inflammatory response. (Needle-less treatment is also available). Those muscles are holding up our 12 pound bowling ball head which, hanging forward over a desk or steering wheel, is actually equivalent to 20 lb.! Sine we don’t stand up straight allowing the chest muscles to hold it up, the trapezius gets overworked.

A special friction rub–“Gwa Sah” removes the old stagnant blood that pools in the muscle tissue causing that familiar achiness, tightness, and pressure on the affected vertebral nerves. As fresh blood flows in, this massage technique often produces immediate dramatic relief, creating a drainage, relieving the pounding arteries of the head. Along with pain relief, patients often report feeling sharper mentally and enjoying more satisfying sleep.

If any one of the following co-factors exist—ARTHRITIS, damaged HERNIATED DISCS, or BONE SPURS, this treatment will also restore oxygen to the tissue, remove toxins, and begin to dissolve the mineral buildup. One of the contributing factors in arthritis (and headaches) is FAULTY METABOLISM. Something is wrong when the minerals we ingest go and deposit themselves on our weakest joints instead of inside our bones and muscles. Accordingly, certain acupuncture points can improve the digestion and assimilation of nutrients in order to rebalance sluggish metabolism (also promoting WEIGHT LOSS). Our aim is to eradicate the systemic chemical basis for arthritis, osteoporosis, and of course, the headache.

MIGRAINES, FOOD ALLERGY HEADACHES, CLUSTER and PMS HEADACHES are caused by imbalances in the hormones, and by toxicity in the major organs, especially the liver, gall bladder and intestines. Based on traditional diagnosis, the acupuncturist stimulates those points on the limbs that relate to the affected organs, and recommends herbal formulas to support the detox and balancing process.

Sometimes the effect is immediate; sometimes it takes a series of treatments to eliminate the cause of the headache. When the deep cause is found, many future worsening conditions are thus avoided. The headache served its purpose to alert us to things under the surface and thus change the course of our lifeline.

Please share your experiences and questions–I invite comments and feedback!

Skin: Our InterFace I

Skin is our interface with the outside. It represents our image to the world: our youthfulness or our worn-out internal condition exposed.  Skin quality reflects our insides and, in reverse, we can stimulate this soft outer surface to affect the inside.  It is a tool that can influence our health if we know how to push its buttons!  (Literally!)

Like many examples in nature, it is the thin outer layer that often plays THE big role in relation to the whole.  For example, on the giant magnet Earth, it is the thin layer of organic life—plants, animals, and Us, who act as the transformers of energies between the sun and the magnet planet.  We are the critical go-between, the living skin accomplishing a human version of photosynthesis.

 Or, consider the cell membrane of each of our trillions of cells. That thin sheet is where the action is—where the metabolism and processes occur. And just like our skin, the cell membrane can get gunked up—proteins and sugars causing a carmelization that makes our cells crusty, which then impedes the passage of nutrients in and toxins out.

So with our skin—when toxins build up and cannot release through the intestines and  lungs, they then seek an outlet through the skin, ie.  as acne, rashes, psoriasis, etc.  From an  Acupuncture point of view, we would address skin issues by treating intestine or lung points, since together all three are eliminatory organs.  If the body is not hydrated enough or ingests too many acidic foods, ie sugar and red meat, then the skin becomes dry– as a reflection of overheated digestion in the stomach.

Since the tongue is a diagnostic tool in Chinese Medicine, we would see an extra red tongue, with a deep crack down the center–all signals of excess heat, sometimes resulting in GIRD or acid reflux.  To treat this condition, points along the stomach meridian on the leg would be sedated to cool down possible heartburn.  In Chinese theory, the stomach ‘feeds’ the lungs, so we can pull excess from the stomach to replenish the depleted lungs.  Thus, the lungs would nourish the skin to receive more moisture.  This is an example of how Acupuncture is the ultimate example of WHOLE-ISTIC medicine—where each organ can be rebalance with other organs—evening out the energy distribution throughout the body…!

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