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Migraine is a type of headache that is caused by abnormal dilatation of the arteries of the scalp as well as the brain. The widening is preceded by the partial closure of these arteries. As the result, this causes temporary disturbances of brain function.

Accompanying signs & symptoms

Key symptoms: One sided headache, vision disturbances, photophobia, nausea, vomiting and partial loss of sensation on the face, tense neck and back of the head

Possible Causes

Stress, anxiety
Severe tensions in the neck and the shoulders
An “easily” stressed personality
Hormonal related fluid retention
Varicose veins

Physiological Mechanisms

Migraine often associates with severe tension in the shoulder, neck and occipital region (back) of the head. From a clinical perspective, accumulated tension in the body may cause physiological imbalances which results in abnormal dilatation of the blood vessels and hyperactivities in the brain.

Treatment Modalities

Specialty Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine

How do Acupuncture & Chinese herbs work?

Acupuncture treats the condition by doing the following:
Releasing muscle tensions in the head
Reducing harmful hormones in the body
Reducing physiological stress in the body
Reducing fluid retention in the body
Promoting deep relaxation of the body
Calming the mind and body

Health Advice

Reduce caffeine intake and cigarette smoking
Eat a balance diet
Establish a regular eating habit
Encourage moderate, regular and outdoor exercises