Migraines have become very common in our fast-paced world of high stress. With the hectic pace of our lives and the fear that too often associated with modern lifestyles, including wars, terrorism, economy, family and work, and poor quality of processed foods and more surprisingly more and more people are suffering from mild and severe migraines at an increasing rate.
The severity of migraine pain may range from very mild to debilitating. Sometimes the pain of migraine can be so severe that the person is literally incapacitated and unable to do anything but be in bed. More women suffer from migraines than men by about a ratio of 4 to 1. Some women with migraines disappear during pregnancy in a fairly large number of victims.
Wikipedia says this about migraine headaches;
The migraine headache is typically unilateral, pulsating, lasting 4 to 72 hours. Accompanying complaints are nausea and vomiting and increased sensitivity to bright lights (photophobia) and noise (hyperacusis). About a third of people with migraines get a preceding aura, in which a patient may feel a strange light or unpleasant smell. …. Other symptoms of aura phase can include auditory or olfactory hallucinations, temporary dysphasia, vertigo, tingling or numbness of the face and extremities, and hypersensitivity to touch.
Migraines have been documented as early as 1200BC by the Egyptians, who described it as a headache “neuralgia”. In 400 BC Hippocrates described the visual aura that can precede the migraine relief may occur through vomiting. Aretaeus of Cappadocia is credited as the discoverer of the “” of migraines because of its description in the second century of the symptoms of a unilateral headache associated with vomiting.
Throughout the hundreds of thousands of theories and ideas have been proposed to explain the causes of migraine. Treatments include everything from unreasonable frankly ridiculous in an attempt to relieve pain.
For relief of migraine, the Andalusian-born doctor Abulcasis suggested applying a hot iron on the head or the inclusion of garlic in an incision in the temple. In the Medieval Age migraine is recognized as a discrete medical disorder with treatment ranging from hot irons to blood letting and even witchcraft.
The exact causes of migraine in Western medicine is not known until today. The most widespread theory is that it is a disorder of the serotonergic control system. PET have shown the aura to coincide with cortical spreading depression after an episode of blood flow increased significantly (up to 300% above normal).
There are many triggers for migraines include: environment, stress from physical or emotional, nutritional deficiencies, allergic reactions, bright lights, loud noises and certain odors or perfumes, changes in sleep patterns, smoking or smoke exposure, skipping meals, alcohol, menstrual cycle fluctuations, birth control pills, hormone fluctuations during menopause, foods containing tyramine (red wine, cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs and some beans), monosodium glutamate (MSG) or nitrates (like bacon, hot dogs and salami).
Some people who suffer from migraines also react to salt and removing the salt can be helpful for some of these people. People with lactose intolerance may benefit from avoiding milk and ice cream. Tryptophan, an amino acid found in protein foods, is converted into serotonin, a substance that might worsen some migraines. As a result, low-protein diets have been used with some success to reduce migraine attacks.
Chinese Medicine and Migraine
While Western medicine is still struggling to understand the true nature of the disease in the human body, Chinese medicine is thousands of years ahead in understanding and offers many simple and effective solutions in the cause and treatment of migraines.
In Chinese medicine is the chi, or bio-energy, which is responsible for everything that happens in the body. Western medicine has rejected this idea and too simplistic, always opting to the extremely complex on the simple. But this is really a mindset very dangerous because it can be so blind to the truth if your mind is always looking for complex answers. The same is true when only looking for simple answers too.
In Chinese medicine, each time the experience;
These are characteristics of “chi fire up” goes to your head. Recall from above “PET have shown the aura to coincide with cortical spreading depression after an episode of blood flow increased significantly (up to 300% above normal).” In Chinese medicine there is an old axiom that says “chi is the commander of blood, but blood is the mother of Chi. This means that whenever you chi, blood will continue.” There have been many experiments showing that if a person thinks about their feet, the flow of blood to the feet actually increases. If you think of the head, the flow of blood to the head also increases.
Naturally, such studies are seldom published in the Western media since Western medicine do not really want people to know that you can use your mind and thoughts to help relieve their chronic diseases that give is revenue for both medical and pharmaceutical companies alike.
This chi is fire up the real cause of severe headaches, like migraines and many other associated diseases of the superior fire power and that are now so common in the western world. Remember that nausea, dizziness (vertigo) and vomiting are also the main symptoms reported by patients with migraine over the centuries. This is in perfect accord with the ancient Chinese medical theory of “bottom-up fire chi. When he gets up the chi in the head, blood naturally follows. This often intensifies the symptoms caused by expansion of blood vessels in the brain caused by the presence of increased blood flow.
What is causing this “chi fire up” to rise up to the head? There can be many causes, but all have one thing in common, all are reflections of one or more of the four main characteristics of chi, these are the;
These are the four main features in the body chi. When symptoms of someone or more of these “symptoms chi” are present, and the disease manifests in the body to some degree. Energy can be in disharmony for weeks, months or years before the physical manifestations of the symptoms arise. Chinese pulse diagnosis is fantastic in the detection of these deficiencies and imbalances of energy sometimes decades in advance when done by a qualified teacher healer. This is something that was laughing in western medical circles.
Chemicals in foods such as MSG, hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, high fructose, different preservatives, artificial sweeteners and artificial anything can cause excess chi fire that is generated by the body. If the kidneys (which control the functions of body water) are not strong enough or somehow compromised, will not be able to balance this chi fire and this excess energy that can ascend to the head without control. When the chi is, blood will often resulting in the physical manifestation of the main symptoms of migraine pain, nausea, dizziness and vomiting, sometimes accompanied by “aura”.
Excessive increases in chi fire certainly head in this “aura” that patients described an earlier attack. This aura can occur sometimes up to an hour or more before a migraine attack. Visual aura is the most common neurological events. There is a defect of vision consisting usually of unformed flashes of white and / or black or rarely of multicolored lights (photopsia) or formations of dazzling zigzag lines. Sometimes, auditory or olfactory hallucinations occur during this phase of aura as well.
These are all signs and symptoms of rising fire chi reaching the head, the overhead of the different senses and brain, causing hallucinations and other symptoms that are regularly reported several patients with migraine.
Chinese advanced in meditation, these same signs often accompany someone who is close to achieving what is called a “major breakthrough” in the practice of meditation. In this case, the symptoms are not cause for alarm, but the celebration. That’s because in this case are an important sign that the practitioner has been successful in driving large amounts of chi to the brain, which stimulate the brain to a much higher level is an important factor in lighting, increased mental power, wisdom and longevity. No pain or discomfort in a person who reaches this level, but the incredible joy, peace, happiness and significantly increased physical strength, stamina, immunity and longevity.
Methods to cool the fire
The above triggers can lead to a weakening of the kidneys and therefore an associated increase in fire chi in the body. The heart is the organ of the body heat and even in Western medicine is known that the kidneys normally play a role in different people with serious heart conditions, but do not understand the exact mechanism of this case in rejecting the explanations Chinese theory of chi and chi as shown here.
Any illness severe enough to cause major symptoms in the body will always have all or part of it is the root cause of kidney and kidney qi. The kidneys are the organs that determine the strength of life in general, sexual health, energy, and longevity. This is why Chinese medicine places great emphasis on strengthening those of the kidneys. This is not just a factor in preventing the disease but also in healing.
Here are several methods that are known to help cool the fire chi in the body and help greatly to reduce the frequency, severity or completely eliminate migraines occur in the future.
1) Avoid foods induce fire, foods like red meat, pork, processed foods, spices, alcohol, soda, sodium and refined sugars and all other refined foods we should all be greatly reduced or eliminated from the diet as much as possible. These foods are very common in the western world and it is no coincidence that most diseases were seeing in the west are diseases of excess heat energy and energy deficiency as well. Processed foods are all but dead in terms of their vital energies.
2) Eat cooling (yin) foods from nature, such as vegetables, fruits, wild fish, organic meats, whole grain breads and all other foods that are minimally processed as possible, which also includes the reading of the labels to ensure that no chemicals in food at all.
3) Practice meditation 20-30 minutes per day to calm the mind and help cool the fire of the body’s energies, Chinese meditations that focus on the shop give “area just below the navel, are especially useful as it is the seat of “The energies of the water” in the body and can be helpful not only to cool down fire energy, but strengthen the kidneys themselves.
4) Practice deep abdominal breathing several times a day, breathing is another method used in Chinese medicine and martial arts not only help cool the fire during training or battle, but to help increase resistance , health and longevity as well. Breathing is one of the fastest and most effective methods of cooling the fire. The practice of breath holding for 3-5 seconds every few breaths can go a long way to keep the fire of the energies of the body under control.
5) Take herbs such as ginger, feverfew and Ginkgo Biloba; A case report suggests success with 4.6 grams per day of powdered ginger for migraines and nausea that accompanies them.28 ginger can also be taken as a tincture in the amount of 1.5-3 ml three times daily. Ginkgo biloba can also help by reducing the formation of a substance known as platelet activating factor that may contribute to migraines. Although Ginger is classified as a warming herb, in this case helps to boost the energies of water from the kidneys. The kidneys have increased the energy of water to cool the fire of the body. This is a classic example of “mother-child” law of Chinese medicine at work. Ginger is also excellent for the dizziness that often accompanies migraines too.
6) Using acupuncture and acupressure points to help balance the flow of chi, acupressure points and the connection of the valleys is in the webbing between the thumb and forefinger of both hands are known to be effective in relief of headaches and mild to moderate migraines. Click on this point with moderate pressure for 30-60 seconds each hand. There are also points at the base of the back of the skull where the bone enters the soft tissue of the neck which can be very effective not only to relieve migraine attacks, but have been known to cure some cases of chronic migraine with a single application.
The exact location of these points is difficult to describe in words, but a general massage the bottom of the skull where the two thick ropes of the neck away in the skull while looking at the ground can often be as effective as acupressure headache relief in many cases.
7) Drink more water, chronic dehydration is another major cause of headache and indeed many other major diseases were seeing today. Soda and coffee and tea, many do not even drinking water. The water itself is pure, helps relieve the strain on the kidneys which in turn increases the strength of their control over the fire of the body’s energies. Not to mention physical water helps purify the blood, flushing toxins and can help keep the blood thinner and flows more easily throughout the system. This results in less strain on the heart and from the heart is the organ of the body heat which means less energy is generated fires.
Also be sure to clean your diet by adding as much natural food, raw or lightly cooked at least to your diet as possible, avoiding chemicals and chemical triggers, reduce stress and exercise as much as possible and get a good night’s rest. Slow motion exercises such as Tai Chi and “eight pieces of brocade” can strengthen the body’s total energy and have a strong calming effect on all organs of the body. This is especially true of the mind and can greatly help to reduce or eliminate migraines.