The mechanism of Headache and MigraineWhen the pain receptors on the end of nerve been stimulated, the signal will be sent to the brain, and make one feel pain on that area. Pain receptors are usually on the outer layer of organs, like out side of blood vessels, outside of skull, outside of muscles, and out side of brain. The brain itself is not sensitive to pain because it lacks pain receptors. The most common reasons that can stimulate pain receptors and cause headache are traction or dilation to blood vessels, muscular tension, Inflammation, pressure change in skull, and some of the chemicals in the body. Headache can also come from the spread of toothache, eye pressure, or effect by emotion and hormone disorder. The medication of headache are often working on these mechanism, so this is why the relief is temporary.
Acupuncture and Herbs would be a better choiceAcupuncture and herb are proven to be able to help on most headache and migraine. The main advantage of it compare to modern medicine is:
- Acupuncture and herbs doesn't cause much side effect. The most common side effect of acupuncture is bleed and pain during treatment, which can be avoid most of the times. Herbs used in TCM are often leaf and roots, lot of them are actually foods in china or even in other countries.
- Instead of directly interrupt the function of the body, acupuncture and herbs stimulate the body to adjust itself back to normal. Our body is constantly adjusting itself, it is sometimes impossible to interrupt its function by set amount of medication intake every day, and hope that it can keep the body in right balance.
- Usually when acupuncture and herb relieve headache or migraine, it reduces the frequency of it as well. In lot of cases it can reduce its frequency significantly after a set of treatments, or even stop it from happening again.