Walk Over Needle to Ease Migraine - The New Indian Express

Walk Over Needle to Ease Migraine

Published: 13th April 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 11th April 2014 02:03 PM

Angioneurotic headache, also called migraine is a clinical syndrome characterised by obstruction of vessels of the head, which is always difficult to be cured completely. The Banan District Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Hospital, Chongqing, Sichuan Province, China has used acupuncture to treat 96 cases of this kind of headache and achieved certain therapeutic effects.

Migraine is often caused due to overwork, cold, and emotional excitement. The attack is frequently seen during puberty, and with females, who have a family history of the disease. In some cases, there may be premonitory symptoms of blurred vision, flash of light, visual field defect, numbness of face, lips and limbs etc.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine migraine is often caused due to pathogenic wind invading the Shaoyang channel.

The pain of angioneurotic headache can be severe, some even radiating to the eyes, teeth and trigeminal nerve. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is often due to pathogenic wind invading the Shaoyang Channel. Modern medicine considers that it might be partially due to the dysfunction of the central nerve in relation to the vasomotion, or due to an arrival of excitement of the nerve endings nearby the vessels or on the vascular wall. Some experiments showed that the nail-fold microcirculations of patients with angioneurotic headache were all different from those of the healthy persons. Their loop-top diameter of the input and output branches of capillary became enlarged, blood flow slowed down and the red cells accumulated. These pathologic changes illustrated that the improvement of microcirculation and regulation of vessel function in the head were the factors in treating this disease. In long-term practice, TCM uses acupuncture of Neiguan accompanied with Hegu as an effective pair of pain killing points. Neiguan is one of the eight confluence points; it has a remarkable effective function in cardiovascular system. Hegu is an important pain killing point, it can reduce 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) etc. inducing causative factor of pain materials, and increasing the pain threshold, especially indicated for head-related diseases. Anatomically it is explained that in the deep portion of Neiguan point there is a median nerve, while in the lower layer of Hegu there is a radial nerve and in its deep portion also is the distribution of median nerve. All the above nerves are merged into brachial plexus. Afferent neuron is located on the spinal segment of C6-T1, near T1-T2 orC8-T1, the needling information can pass through this way to regulate the disordered internal-external vessels in the head and nervous function, improving microcirculation and thus radically improving the pathological changes of the headache.

Generally, the Ashi acu-point is distributed on the temple or the orbital part. In this region there are superficial temporal artery, supraorbital artery, trigeminal nerve and plexus sympathici. When puncturing directly at the Ashi point, most patients would feel a strong sensation of sourness and distension radiating around, and this process is especially effective to relieve the irritable state of nerve endings. According to the distribution of channels and collaterals, Fengchi is a converging point of Foot-Shaoyang and Taiyang, pertaining to Shaoyang Channel and running along laterally to the head, forehead and temple. In the deep portion of Fengchi there exists a lesser occipital nerve which travels upward to lateral head. So it would be better to let the needling sensation of Fengchi spread to the above part allowing the patient to feel relieved.

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Syndrome

Migraine is often caused due to overwork, cold, and emotional excitement. The attack is frequently seen during puberty, and with females, who have a family history of the diseases. In some cases, there may be premonitory symptoms of blurred vision, flash of light, visual field defect, numbness of face, lips and limbs etc.

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