Do your headaches take such a severe shape that you’re forced to take painkillers? Do you feel your pain you feel is beyond your control? Pain medications provide only temporary relief–or no relief at all. Plus, they have side effects. Did you know that ibuprofen can cause: high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, rebound headaches, dizziness and many other nasty things. NSAIDS such as ibuprofen cause leaky gut, which opens you up to a host of auto-immune conditions that are also painful. If your physician has prescribed pain meds for you, you’ve probably been told that the meds are the lesser of two evils. I’m here to tell you that there is another way.
Whether you have an occasional tension headache, or you live in chronic pain… there’s hope! The treatment for your condition can enhance your overall health–not rob Peter to pay Paul. Your headaches can be treated and even prevented with my Octave Resonance Healing Approach™ to Headaches. This holistic approach takes into account the cause, and then supports all your body/mind/spirit systems so the cause doesn’t keep coming back.
This is Part Three of my series about the Octave Resonance Healing Approach™ to Headaches. In prior segments, I discussed the spiritual and emotional ways you can help headaches. You can read about them HERE.
Acupuncture is highly effective for headaches. Depending on the cause, it can often stop a headache in its tracks–and keep it from coming back. In Chinese Medicine, a headache is simply “stuck energy”. This “stuck Qi and Blood” happens for many reasons, which I am trained to diagnose and treat. A series of 10-20 acupuncture treatments is able to teach you how not to get your energy stuck in your head. Acupuncture is NOT just an expensive aspirin – it doesn’t simply relieve the pain. Rather, it is an empowering, whole-body healing.
The following are some tips on how to stimulate some common acupuncture points that go to the head. These are not substitutes for a full diagnosis and treatment plan that I can do for you, but self-care is going to be important no matter what else you do.
Many people have tried some of these acupuncture points, but these techniques take quite a little effort and don’t really become part of their life style. My patients have better luck with them because I tell them this simple tip to know when they might be getting a headache.
Look at your tongue. Before the energy in your head becomes so stuck that you have pain, the tip of your tongue will turn more red than usual.
This is the time to take especially good care of yourself: Get enough sleep, hydrate like crazy, exercise or gentle movement, avoid foods that irritate, etc. This is a good time to stimulate the proper acupressure points.
The Headache points. What’s better than a picture? … Lots of pictures! Click this link to go to Google Images and see many photos of these points. You can stimulate these points with finger pressure, tuning forks, a drop of lavender essential oil, laser, electric stimulation or a needle. It’s up to you to decide if you want to do this on a daily basis as a preventive, or just when the tip of your tongue gets red.
When I do acupuncture for headaches, there is a lot more to it than pressing a point for headaches. Anyone can do such “cook book” acupuncture, but that is not what trained acupuncturists do. I ask you all sorts of questions about your headache: What makes it better? Worse? When does it happen, where on your head does it hurt? Does exercise make it better or worse? Better with hot or cold? Menstruation related? Stress related? These headache questions are on top of a thorough health history.
Headache is just stuck energy, so acupuncture opens up the blocks. My questions, palpating the meridians, listening, smelling, looking, and measuring the electrical resistance of some of your acupuncture points, all go my understanding of how you are blocking the energy flow in your head. I usually use between 4 and 15 acupuncture needles to open up the flow of Qi and Blood to your head. I have always been able to help someone with headaches if they come for a series of treatments to work on them.
Treatment includes a personalized approach to your situation.
Can you now imagine what it would be like to be free of your headaches? Have I given you a little hope? Let’s talk! I offer a complimentary “Get Acquainted” call. You can tell me about your situation and I can tell you what you can expect.