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A pain in the head

Migraine, a debilitating disease that can affect almost any age group, can be tackled using acupuncture therapy, says DR. M. MUTHUKKUMAR.

Headache syndrome areas. The site of the headache indicates a problem in specific areas.

MIGRAINE is a debilitating disease. Aetiology prescribes that any or all things under the sun (including the sun) may cause migraine. As the aetiology is unknown, a naturally definitive cure is also unknown. The usual analgesics hardly play a role in migraine therapy. So, the excessive intake of analgesics by the patient leads to hepatitic toxicity. Allopathy offers no known definitive medical solution. Migraine can affect any one but mostly those over 12 years of age.

Invariably, the pain starts the moment the person wakes up. In most cases this excruciating, throbbing pain is followed by vomiting, after which the patient may feel better. Some patients suffer for up to four days. The source of the pain is not fixed to a particular area of the scalp. It keeps changing to the frontal, parietal, vertex, temporal or occipital areas but is always unilateral. In most cases, migraine is also accompanied by visual disturbances.

Some 4,000 years ago, the practitioners of acupuncture identified the causes of migraine. They divided the scalp into the frontal, parietal, vertex, temporal and occipital areas, as each is concerned with a particular meridian. So, when a patient complained of pain in a particular region, they knew which meridian caused the problem. Diagnosis is confirmed by examining the iris.

Broadly, the subject can be tabulated as:

Areas of pain

1. Frontal area
2. Temporal area
3. Parietal area
4. Vertex
5. Occipital

Meridian affected
Stomach and large intestine meridians
Liver and gall bladder meridians
Gall bladder, triple warmer meridians
Liver, DU and heart meridians
Urinary bladder meridians

For example, when the stomach meridian is affected, the patient will experience pain in the frontal area. This is always associated with vomiting or nausea because digestion is disturbed. Allopathy lays down that vomiting is due to hyper-acidity but they don't correlate the frontal headache to the stomach problem. Likewise, the liver meridian, when affected, will cause a headache associated with pain of the eye. In acupuncture, the reason offered is that the liver meridian ends in the eyes. So continuous ingestion of an analgesic that can lead to liver toxicity at one time will give negative results and will aggravate the pain as the liver meridian is damaged. So, when the liver meridian is disturbed, the patient will have visual disturbances. Any pain in the vertex and temporal areas will also lead to visual disturbances as the liver meridian is manifested in the vertex and temporal areas.

In acupuncture, on examining the patient's iris and asking him questions about location of the pain experienced, it is easy to locate the meridians involved. When the blockages in the particular meridian are identified and released equilibrium in that meridian is restored and the patient becomes normal. As drugs are not used, the patient's body is prepared to fight the problem and there will not be any recurrence of migraine.

The treatment schedule is as follows: Daily needling for 30 minutes for 15 days, (each schedule of 15 days is called a "course"). Then a break of two to eight days is recommended. After this, it is another course. Likewise, a minimum of two or four courses is required depending on the severity of the case.

Acupuncture therapy is preferable to other therapies because:

1. Since the reasons for the migraine are defined, certainty of cure is nearly 100 per cent.
2. No side-effects.
3. Painless procedure
4. Diagnosis made by simple examination of the iris — called iridology.
5. No expensive procedures on diagnositics or extended time schedules.
6. No intake of drugs or application of external ointments.

Each patient gets his set of needles (and since these needles remain with the patients, there is no fear of transmission of diseases).

Acupuncture in Tamil Nadu was in practice since time immemorial in some form or the other: however formal re-introduction of this therapy happened only very recently, due to adaptation of the varma chikitsa into a curative system by the Chinese. It is hoped that with the patronage enjoyed by this system the world over and even in neighbouring Sri Lanka, acupuncture will rightfully gain its pride of place, providing affordable, totally drug free medication to numerous patients.

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