On May 18, 2018
Migraine headaches affect over 12% of Earth’s population, especially women. They can leave sufferers unable to perform even the most mundane of daily activities. Migraines are now thought to be partially genetic in their origins, as studies show differences in the actual brain structure of migraine sufferers. Suicidality is increased for migraineurs, so reducing the intensity, duration, or frequency of migraines could literally mean the difference between life and death for some. The current state of migraine research is focused mainly on drugs, but meditation, diet, behavior, yoga, and acupuncture have all been studied as potential avenues of treatment. Currently, acupuncture has been shown to be more effective than drugs at prevention, though not as effective for acute episodes.
I am a migraine sufferer with decades of experience in managing this debilitating condition. Over time I have discovered much about what is effective, and what is not. I wish to share these findings with my colleagues so that we can advance this particular aspect of our profession and art. I use everything I have learned with my patients, and I find that they experience great benefits from a combination of TCM, mindfulness, and dietary changes (especially important in moderating inflammatory responses and hormonal issues). I will outline some of these protocols and plans for you, here.