The Acupuncture Treatment of Migraine Headaches
Chief Complaint: Migraine Headaches
Western Diagnosis: cervical spondylosis, C4-5 disc protrusion
Medical History: Dishwasher fell on his head July 2003. He was taken to ER, x-rays taken, neck brace put on and sent back to work. He received PT and chiropractic treatments. Minimal improvements. He is a martial arts expert, and in very good physical condition. His diet varies from healthy foods to junk. He has a hx. of allergies, and diverticulitis as a child. He has Raynaud’s disease, and TMJ dysfunction. He smokes cigarettes.
Questioning exam: stress, sinus problems, excessive phlegm, headaches, wet cough, clear or yellow phlegm, gas, bloating, intestinal pain, three BM a day, Pain.
Pulse exam: SP pulse is slippery and xu. All other are normal.
Tongue exam: Foamy, dirty white thick coating.
OM Diagnosis: SP xu leading to dampness> phlegm
After 4 treatments his Sp pulse became excessive, with increase heat signs in tongue.(smoker)
Treatment Principle: Dry dampness and tonify SP.
Point Prescription: GB20,21, BL10-needle upwards to direct water(DR. Tran techniques), Huatos @C7-needle upwards toward head, SI11, 15,13, BL11, 18, 20, 21.
LI4, KI3, SP6, Shenmen. Added LR1, SP1, KI2, LI11 when heat signs became more apparent.
Herbal Formula: None
Lifestyle Prescription: Dietary Changes- he was given a handout on cooling foods.
Results: After 7 treatments, he was only having a mild migraine 1 time a week. By the 9th visit he was migraine free. And to come back if headaches return. He has not returned.