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What are some Chinese cures for migraine headaches?

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Traditional Chinese healing treatments for migraine headaches include acupuncture and herbal formulas for ingestion or external application, according to Acupuncture Today. Stress-relieving practices such as yoga and meditation are often recommended in coordination with the remedies, notes Vitality Magazine. Additionally, practitioners often recommend changes to diet, such as giving up caffeine or alcohol.

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Traditional Chinese medicine ascribes several causes for migraines, each with its own cure. One common attributed cause is an upsurge in yang energy in the liver, according to Acupuncture Today. A prescribed cure for this upsurge is the herbal formula Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan. Other ascribed causes of migraines include excesses or deficiencies in the migraine sufferer's diet.

Acupuncture cures for migraines often focus on the gall bladder meridian, which is closely associated with the kidneys and liver, according to Vitality Magazine. This meridian contains several acupuncture points in the neck, where needles are placed for relief. A typical acupuncture treatment for migraines consists of weekly sessions for six to eight weeks.

Studies have shown that acupuncture helps regulate serotonin levels in the body and that low serotonin levels contribute to migraines, notes the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. This quality combines with

the pain-relieving effects of acupuncture techniques that release endorphins. In traditional Chinese medicine, these attributes are described in terms of correcting imbalances or blockages in the body's energy flow.

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