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Migraines & AHM

by Jun 21, 2024

I have encountered patients in the NUHS clinic who have been suffering from unrelenting migraine pain. You can ask anyone who suffers from this illness what causes them, and their symptoms, and you will probably receive a plethora of responses.

Migraines are a complex and often debilitating condition characterized by severe headaches, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. (“Does sugar help with migraines? – Chef’s Resource”) The exact cause of migraines is still not fully understood, but they are believed to result from a combination of genetic, environmental and neurological factors. Triggers can vary widely among individuals and can include stress, hormonal changes, certain foods and drinks, lack of sleep and sensory stimuli.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (AHM) offers a unique perspective on the treatment and management of migraines. Unlike Western medicine, which often focuses on symptom relief through medication, AHM aims to address the root cause of the condition and restore balance within the body. This holistic approach involves a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle changes.


Acupuncture is one of the most well-known AHM treatments for migraines. Acupuncture aims to stimulate the flow of Qi (vital energy) and improve blood circulation. This can help alleviate pain and reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. Studies have shown that acupuncture can be as effective as conventional migraine treatments, with fewer side effects.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is another integral component of AHM. Various herbs are used to treat migraines, each selected based on the individual’s specific symptoms and constitution. One commonly used herb is Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root), it is known for its ability to invigorate blood and promote the movement of Qi. Chuan Xiong has been widely used in AHM for the treatment of various types of headaches, including migraines. Scientific studies have demonstrated its efficacy in reducing the intensity and frequency of migraine attacks. Additionally, Chuan Xiong is often used in combination with other herbs to enhance its therapeutic effects and provide comprehensive relief.

Migraines can have a profound impact on an individual’s quality of life, but AHM offers a holistic and effective approach to managing this condition. By addressing the root causes and promoting overall balance within the body, AHM can provide relief for migraine sufferers and help them regain control over their health.

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About the Author

Monique Carter

Monique Carter

My name is Monique Carter and I am a student in National University's AOM program. I chose this program because the basic tenets of Chinese Acupuncture and Herbs align with a holistic healing process that is steeped in years of tradition and research. I anticipate that learning these skills and applying this knowledge will allow me to help many in need. Starting this journey at the age of 49 has been humbling as well as life-changing, I am excited and grateful!


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