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Acupressure Relieves Headaches And Migraines And Eliminate Stress

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Have you ever experienced a headache or migraine that has dramatically dissipated minutes after someone applied pressure on different parts of your hand? This kind of therapy actually has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years and it is called acupressure.

Very much the same as acupuncture, acupressure is only different to its counterpart in how it is done. Acupuncture uses needles stuck into specific pressure points on the body to activate the pressure point system of the body to boost the circulation of blood and energy throughout the body in order to treat illnesses and relieve pain. Acupressure, on the other hand, uses pressure of the hands. This manual pressure is applied into specific pressure points on the body to alleviate body and head pain like headaches and migraines and eliminate stress.

One practical form of acupressure you can perform on yourself and others is done using a mat called Nayoya Acupuncture mat. Historically, this mat has a tradition similar to deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, and traditional acupuncture in Jacksonville, all techniques designed to eliminate stress in the body.

These healing procedures are based on the concept of chi which is the vital energy flowing throughout the body. In Chinese medicine, when the flow of chi is blocked by stress and other negative factors, physical and emotional illness develops. When important acupressure points on the feet, back, hands, and other parts of the body are rubbed or massaged, chi flow is rechanneled and restored which triggers the natural healing processes of the body.

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March 20th, 2018 at 4:38 am

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Acupressure A Useful Treatment For Migraines And Headaches

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For most practitioners, acupuncture is the best treatment for headaches, but they also believe that acupressure can be also a powerful treatment for headaches and one of its best features is that it is easy to learn and can be done safely at home. The differential patterns for the various types of headaches may depend on whatever organ system(s) is affected although almost always it is the Gallbladder meridian that’s affected.

The Gallbladder meridian is located near the eye’s outer edge and it radiates towards and upwards the back of the head. This meridian travels across the top of the shoulders and at the top of the trapezius muscles where it stretches downwards through the occipital area. This is the area midway between the shoulder joint’s topmost part and the base of the neck. For people suffering from chronic headaches, this meridian is usually tight; when it’s stressed, it even gets tighter. The Gallbladder meridian then runs from the shoulder and downward the side of the body, passing the gluteal area, then to both leg’s lateral aspect, and stops at the fourth toe.

According to Chinese medicine, the Gallbladder and Liver play major roles in the development of migraines and headaches. These two organs are closely connected to each other so much so that if one organ has a problem, the other is sure to be affected as well. This is why when practitioners treat one organ, they usually also address the other. The Liver meridian also impacts the top of the head and can be responsible for pain behind the eyes. Because both these meridians can affect the back, sides, and front of the head, they are often used to effectively treat migraines and headaches.

The following is a very simple acupressure procedure which you can perform at home to cure or reduce a headache:

  1. First, sit on a stool or chair without a backrest. You can also sit on the floor or on a coffee table.
  2. Then tell someone to stand behind you (about two to three inches away from their chest to your back).
  3. Your companion then places his/her thumbs on your trapezius muscle’s highest point (this will again be about middle between your shoulder joint and the base of your neck).
  4. Once your companion’s thumbs are in place, tell him to push using a moderate amount of pressure straight towards the floor. You and your companion should be in constant communication with each other. Tell him/her if you’re not getting enough pressure or if there’s too much of it. You will know how much pressure you can tolerate. The treatment should not hurt but you definitely will feel some pressure on your muscles.
  5. Keep on applying steady pressure on the muscle for about two to four minutes.
  6. Repeat the process as much as you can.

This simple acupressure procedure should take care of your migraine or headache. When performing this therapy, act with caution and to avoid injury, make sure you are constantly communicating with your companion.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.


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January 16th, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Acupressure Treatment For Headaches And Migraines

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Two of the most common problems that people endure and suffer from are headaches and migraines. A headache may last for a few minutes, several hours, or even days and may be mild, throbbing, or severe. For some people, tension, emotional changes, and severe stress can lead to massive headaches, whereas migraines can have a more complex cause, with the brain’s blood vessels swelling to a point where it releases chemicals from the nerve fibers resulting in severe pain and inflammation.

Causes of Migraines

There are certain reasons why migraines develop and certain points can act as triggers that can set off a migraine attack. These are:

1. Eating habits – Some of the foods we eat can be a major factor in triggering migraine. Some of the major food triggers of migraine are fermented foods, caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.

2. Hormonal changes – Another important factor causing a headache or migraine.

3. Other causes – Sleeping disorders, work pressure, stress, and tension can also factors that cause nausea, severe headaches, and migraines.

In Chinese medicine, these are the six most important pressure points in the body to alleviate migraines and headaches:

1. Shoulder Well – Found midway to the shoulder’s edge and the base of the neck. Putting pressure on this point helps relieve neck and shoulder stiffness that reduces neck pain. This point can also cure spasms and asthma.

2. Face region – The points to this area are found on both sides of the nostril. When applied with pressure, they can help open up the sinuses and relieve both migraine and tension headache.

3. Temple region – Found in the temple region, these are series points that wrap around the ear, beginning from the top of the ear located just one finger width from the ear. All those pressure points need to be worked together to garner significant results.

4. Bright light – This section is found on the eyes’ inner corner just under the eyebrows. Pressure on these points can alleviate allergy symptoms and sinus headaches. Apply pressure on both sides for a minute.

5. Third eye point – This point is found on the area where the nose meets the two eyebrows. Pressure on this area helps cure headaches and eye strains. Apply pressure for one minute and then move to other the points.

6. Forehead – Pressure points on the forehead and face are known as yang points, filled with energy that travels downward from the head to the face and down to other parts of the body.

In terms of long term treatment of migraine problems, acupressure has been rated the most effective therapy of its kind. Try it for long-lasting and effective relief.

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October 10th, 2017 at 3:09 am

Acupuncture Can Be a Way of Eradicating Headaches Forever

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If you are suffering from headaches, you are not alone. It is reported that up to 74% of Americans have the same problem. If headaches are basically affecting your quality of life, you should know that Western medicine has actually no cure for this problem. The only thing you can hope for is discover a drug that has very few side effects that gives you adequate relief of your pain. But if you have a headache that is stubborn and no type of drug can seem to help, you may need to turn to alternative treatments that are safe and are actually quite good at quelling headaches. One of the best alternative treatments for headache in Louisville is acupuncture. This treatment has been known to not only ameliorate headache pain but completely cure it as well. And, best of all, no matter if you’ve had this problem for a few days or for several decades acupuncture can break the cycle of pain once and for all.

How Does Acupuncture Treat Headache?

Besides resolving headache pain, acupuncture also addresses the source of the headache. This is how Chinese medicine works. It goes to the underlying cause of the health issue, which in this case is an imbalance within the body that causes the headaches. If you argue that stress might be the one that’s been causing your headaches, you are halfway correct. In most types of headaches, stress plays a huge role. However, if your headache is not due to an internal imbalance, then stress would not be a factor. Sometimes, for example, the wind during a strong storm is why some trees get knocked down. But when you closely study it, you would actually see that the those trees have become weak or rigid due to a certain sickness that made them inflexible to the strong wind which thus caused them to fall. From this we can see that the health of the trees is vitally important in order for it to survive a storm. The same principle applies to disease and humans. Like the strong wind, stress alone would not be enough to trigger health problems such as headaches if a person’s overall health was strong. The patient’s health can become strong and can function like a flexible healthy tree after an acupuncture treatment.

How Can Acupuncture Boost Health?

It’s quite difficult to imagine how inserting a thin needle into the skin can lead to an improvement of one’s health. The acupoints on a person’s skin can be activated when a needle is stuck into it. The effect is similar to a light switch. When you turn it on, the switch causes electricity to flow, turning a light on. The needle in an acupoint affects the function of a specific organ in the body. The Chinese found that stimulating specific acupoints, many of which are found in the legs and arms, dispatch signals to certain organs. When an inserted needle is manipulated, the needle acts like a dimmer switch that controls the flow of the electric current; in the case of the needle, manipulating it in a certain way sends a specific type of signal to the organ associated with it.

A qualified acupuncturist knows how to manipulate a needle in order to send a specific message to an organ in order to treat symptoms and diseases. This is one of the insights of Chinese medicine. A disease is caused by a certain imbalance and can be resolved by needling a specific combination of acupoints. With regards to headaches, 20 types of imbalances are responsible for setting off different kinds of headaches. Some headaches feel like unbearable migraines with light sensitivity and auras, some headaches are felt everyday and are persistent but mild, some may be felt in the back of the head and are achy and dull, while some feel like stabbing sharp pain to the temples, to describe just a few. A practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) such as an acupuncturist needs to know first what kind of imbalance is causing a patient’s headache. After identifying the imbalance, he/she must them come up with a correct prescription that will help resolve the imbalance, and then perform a needling procedure with precision and skill to treat the organs and get the desired outcomes.

The Benefits of Acupuncture Therapy Last Long

This is one of the greatest advantages of acupuncture over Western modes of treatment. A lot of patients have never come back because their headaches have been completely cured. There are some patients who go back for tune-ups when they feel the need to. Acupuncture restores the balance in the body and once it’s balanced, it tends to stay that way.

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August 30th, 2016 at 8:21 am

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Get Rid of Headaches Naturally and Effectively with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

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Headaches are some of the most common medical complaints heard by doctors. People’s health is affected in several various ways with headaches. This type of ailment can have a lot of different forms including tension headache, cluster headache, and migraines. There are many different kinds of headaches such as migraine, cluster, and tension headaches. One form of medicine that has been used to treat headaches for over two thousand years is Chinese medicine and acupuncture in New York.

Chinese medicine and Western medicine view headaches in a different way. In Western medicine, headaches are symptomatic manifestations of a disease. The diseases that can potentially cause headaches include meningitis, head injuries, eye disorders, and trigeminal neuralgia among others. Headaches can be classified according to the attributes of their symptoms. These include clutter headaches, migraine, and tension headaches. In western medicine the modes of treatment for headaches are based on the kind of headache experienced by the person but will usually include certain forms of pain relieving drugs such as opiates or NSAIDs. MRIs and x-rays are the two most commonly used diagnostic procedures used to ascertain the type of headache of a patient.

Headaches, based on Chinese medicine theory, are not only a subjective symptom but are also considered a disease. There are also different kinds of headaches in Chinese medicine that are based on their own different kinds of pathology. A headache can be caused by an internal organ dysfunction. It may occur when the kidney, spleen, and liver are out of harmony and the essential substances in the body such as essence, blood, and energy fail to nourish the brain. In Chinese medicine, headaches can have several different causes. If you suffer from frequent or intolerable headaches, you need to see a Chinese doctor. This doctor will initially ask you certain questions about your health and the health of you family. He/she then will feel your pulse and observe your tongue to determine what kind of headache you have. A proper treatment is then performed after the correct Chinese medical diagnosis is ascertained. Treatment can be Tui Na, herbs, acupuncture or a combination of therapies.

Usually, treating headache the Chinese medical way involves the use of acupuncture. This type of medical needling procedure enables blood and energy to flow smoothly and efficiently and is extremely effective in treating headaches. Acupuncture allows blood and energy to flow better helping to reinforce the body’s self healing mechanisms. Specific acupoints are selected for treatment based on the type of disharmony, that the acupuncturist finds and the type of headache the patient suffers from. For headaches, different herbal concoctions will be developed by practitioners to help with the resolving of the headaches. The herbal formulas you use will depend on your Chinese medical diagnosis. The Chinese massage known as Tui na can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to augment the effects of the treatment. For severe headaches, there can be certain tui na manipulations that are helpful.

Overall, Chinese medicine is a viable and powerful alternative treatment for headaches.

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June 23rd, 2015 at 6:35 am

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Acupuncture Can Cure Headaches

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Are you suffering from headaches? If you are, you’re not alone since in the United States, about 3/4 of the population suffer from headaches generally from time to time. If, unfortunately, you suffer from headaches on a daily basis, you know by now that western medicine has never found a cure for your problem. It would be very good if you find a treatment that although may relieve the pain only temporarily, it still won’t cause as many side effects as conventional headache medicines tend to do.   The point is most headache medications do have serious side effects especially when taken continuously for a long period of time. If you have an open mind, you might want to seriously consider getting acupuncture treatment for your headache to help relieve the pain. Acupuncture is a powerful headache treatment that there have been people with chronic headaches who have reportedly been entirely cured after receiving a few sessions of acupuncture. Acupuncture has been proven a very powerful treatment for headaches and migraines. If you’ve had headaches for decades, no problem, acupuncture can stop the vicious cycle of pain once and for all.

How does Acupuncture Treat Headaches?

How is that possible? Acupuncture treats both the headache and the source of the headache. Chinese medicine goes to the root of the problem, which is the imbalance that generates the headache. Some people might argue that the headache is because of stress. This may be partially accurate as stress does contribute massively to headaches. However, if you don’t suffer from any internal imbalances, stress will not be able to trigger your headache. One analogy for this is a strong wind that is able to knock down trees that are rigid or sick while the healthy and flexible trees remain standing. In this occasion, the wind plays its part and whether a tree will survive the wind or not depends on the stats of its health. The same goes for disease and people. Stress that may be compared to the wind would not be able to trigger headaches if the individual’s underlying health was much better. Acupuncture can help a person function much better and be more resilient to stress as the healthy trees were to the wind.

How does acupuncture improve your health?

For a person who doesn’t know what acupuncture is, he might find it hard to believe how inserting a needle into a certain point on his body can treat his illness or pain or improve his/her health. Acupuncture, basically is about helping normalize the flow of a person’s energy known as qi during times of pain or sickness. The needle that an acupuncturist uses is 10 times thinner than a hypodermic needle and really do not cause pain when it is inserted into the body. The needles are inserted into certain points on the skin known as acupuncture points under which are energy vessels where the qi flows towards other parts of the body. These needles help speed up the flow of qi when it stagnates or slows down. When the qi is not moving normally, the body falls into sickness or disease, when acupuncture restores normal qi flow, the body recovers and heals accordingly.

The weak flow of qi causes imbalances in the functions of the various organs systems in the body. Each imbalance manifests a certain type of disorder or disease and can be resolved with a specific treatment that entails treatment of a combination of acupuncture points. With regards to headaches, there can be 20 various types of imbalances that may trigger different kinds of headaches. There are headaches such as migraines combined with photosensitivity and auras, persistent regular but mild headaches, dull ache in the back of the head, and pain that is sharp and stabbing felt in the temples.

How long do the effects or acupuncture last?

One of the best things about acupuncture therapy is that its effects last for quite a long time. A lot of patients actually do not come back for follow up treatment anymore since they have been literally cured of their headache. Some people do come back but only for tune-ups when they think they need one. Basically, the body adapts to the positive changes which is good since it has actually returned to a state of health which it had before imbalances set in and once it is in balance, it tends to stay that way.


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November 18th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Acupuncture for Headaches

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Suffering from headaches? The ancient healing art of acupuncture therapy may be just what you need. Acupuncture therapy for migraines and headaches has been extensively studied and peer-reviewed. The conclusions consistently show that acupuncture therapy is, at a minimum, equally as effective, if not more effective that conventional treatment involving the use of medicines but without any harmful side effects. The studies also revealed that acupuncture therapy is quite effective for the relief of chronic tension-type headaches.

One of the beliefs of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is that pain is the result of energy stagnation in the body. TCM practitioners and acupuncturists explain that migraines and headaches are the result of vital energy (Chi or Qi) stagnation around the neck and head.

TCM has developed a lot of ways to categorize migraine and headaches. The accompanying symptoms, severity, nature of the pain and its location are all thoroughly considered to produce a detailed picture of the real cause of the condition. In diagnosing your problem, the acupuncturist will inquire you about your general health, observe your tongue and take your pulse.

This manner of diagnosis is a very effective way of determining the factors that cause your migraines or headaches and it assists the acupuncturist in working out a plan of treatment that specifically addresses your symptoms and overall well-being.

Headaches are usually associated with stress. They can also be due to insomnia, muscular pains or fatigue. Migraines, on the other hand are usually accompanied by aversion to bright lights, dizziness and nausea. In all of these factors, acupuncture is an effective procedure to resolve the underlying cause of the condition as well as in addressing all of its symptoms.

Tight muscles in the shoulders and neck are the most common causes or contributors to migraine or headache. Acupuncture works by relaxing these tight muscles that leads to the complete ending of your headache. If you have been suffering from muscle tightness and headaches for some time, the likelihood that your tight muscles are the reasons for your headache is high. In dealing with headaches caused by tightness of the muscles, most acupuncturists will utilize Chinese massage (Tui Na) combined with acupuncture therapy for this type of condition.

When going for acupuncture treatment, you need to undergo a needling process wherein the acupuncturist will insert small very thin and sterile needles into specific areas of your skin. For headaches and migraines about 6 to 12 needles are normally utilized.  Some of these needles may be inserted around the area of pain (your neck and head) while some may be introduced in other seemingly unrelated parts of your body. The insertion of the needles does not cause pain and most people find the entire experience quite soothing and relaxing. The needles are left for some time in the body, usually around 10 to 40 minutes; sometimes though they may be quickly removed depending on the type of acupuncture being utilized.

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May 9th, 2014 at 6:46 am

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Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Jacksonville utilize acupuncture as a natural type of treatment for tension headaches and migraine. TCM is grounded on the belief of the existence of life energy the Chinese call Qi or Chi that internally flows throughout the body along energy channels or pathways known as meridians. When the Chi flow becomes disrupted or unbalanced, it causes health conditions.

The primary objective of acupuncture treatment is to unblock and rebalance the flow of Chi by inserting thin-reed non-hollow needles in certain points in the skin called acupuncture points that are situated in various parts of your body. An acupuncture procedure is not as frightening or painful as it may conjure up because of the treatment’s use of needles. An individual may typically sense a mere mild discomfort as the needle goes into the skin; then after an instant, all the unpleasant sensations go away replaced by  a feeling of relaxation and even sleepiness.

The frequency and length of acupuncture treatment for headache is based on various factors. These factors can include the particular time of day or night you experience the headache, the location of the headache, the frequency and severity of the headaches, the kind of headache you have (sinus, tension and migraine headaches) and other factors.

The acupuncturist uses these factors to figure out what meridians are affected by imbalanced Chi that is causing your headache. Migraines, for example, usually are symptoms of problem in the gallbladder meridian. This meridian is effectively treated using the “preventive approach”, which is an acupuncture procedure entailing 8 to 10 acupuncture sessions that is combined with a healthy diet and Chinese herbal therapy. Tension headaches, on the other hand, are associated with the obstructed Chi flow to the stomach meridian and need a different treatment approach than that used for migraines. This treatment approach is combined with lifestyle modifications like regular Tai Chi, yoga and other stress-reduction reduction exercises. These activities aid in enhancing relaxation and in reducing muscle tension.

Certain symptoms of headache are addressed after the first acupuncture session. One session can be as short as 5 minutes to as long as 40 minutes. Severe and chronic headaches usually entail ten or more sessions.

Despite the innumerable researches that have proven the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of headache, researchers are still in the dark as to how acupuncture really works. There are experts that believe acupuncture aids in stabilizing serotonin levels or neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to play an important role in the development of migraine headaches.  Some theories think that acupuncture stimulates the production and release of endorphins and other painkilling chemicals in the body to help treat pain.

If you are wracked by constant headaches that mess up your regular activities and prevent you from enjoying life, acupuncture can be a great and effective treatment for you.

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May 2nd, 2014 at 2:13 am

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