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migraine-headachesTraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a holistic approach to treating migraines by combining the use of herbs and acupuncture. Our TCM practitioner, Tom Kiroplis, has successfully treated many migraine sufferers with this approach.

Migraines are debilitating headaches characterized by throbbing pain that can last for hours to days. They affect individuals of all ages, with a higher prevalence among women. Migraines can disrupt daily routines and activities due to their intensity. In Canada, migraines are more common than conditions like osteoarthritis, diabetes, and asthma. Statistics show that millions of Canadians suffer from migraines, with many experiencing attacks on a monthly or even weekly basis.

Typical migraine symptoms include throbbing head pain, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, fever, chills, and sweating. Some individuals may also experience an aura before a migraine, which includes visual disturbances like seeing halos or flashing lights, along with tingling or numbness in the hands, arms, or face. Diagnosing migraines typically relies on symptoms and does not require lab tests, unless other conditions are suspected.

Treatment usually starts with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen. If these medications are ineffective, stronger prescriptions may be necessary. When a migraine attack begins, it’s crucial to take medication immediately rather than waiting for the pain to worsen. Relaxation in a quiet, dark room, along with cold compresses, can help alleviate symptoms.

For those who find conventional treatments ineffective, alternative therapies like acupuncture can provide relief. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the severity and frequency of migraines.

TCM views migraines as a result of various imbalances in the body. External factors like wind, cold, heat, or dampness can contribute to migraines. Internal disharmonies such as liver stagnation or deficiency of qi, blood, or kidney essence can also contribute to migraines. Treatment focuses on restoring balance and addressing the root cause of the migraine, often involving herbal remedies, acupuncture, dietary changes, and lifestyle adjustments. Along with acupuncture, chinese herbs are provided to help eliminate this type of headache and avoidance of certain foods is also recommended.

By understanding the underlying causes and triggers of migraines, individuals can take proactive steps to manage their condition and reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. Tracking triggers and seeking personalized treatment from a qualified TCM practitioner can lead to significant improvements in migraine management and overall well-being.

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