With migraines being increasingly classed as a neurological disorder, it's important to note that there are several different types that may involve a variety of migraine symptoms – making them different from traditional headaches. The most common symptoms of a migraine however, include a throbbing headache, sensitivity to light and noise, nausea, vomiting and lack of energy.
Chinese medicine and migraines
In Chinese medicine, migraine relates to an unhappy liver. It's believed that looking after the liver can help to prevent a migraine and may reduce it more quickly. The liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi and blood around the body. If the liver is out of balance, blood and Qi flow may be disrupted and start to stagnate. It's said that this stagnation will often build up in places such as the muscles, as the energetic pathways circulate within them – blocking your energy and flow throughout your body and causing migraines.
How to get rid of a migraine naturally
Firstly, address why the liver is being disturbed. The usual culprits are heat (inflammation in Western terms) and too much toxicity, which the liver has to endlessly clean out. Also, the liver is put under strain during chronic stress – as it responds to stress hormones by releasing glucose into the system (1). Looking after your liver naturally is key to overall wellbeing and will help prevent migraines in the future.
What's more, be aware of visual stimuli – in Chinese medicine, the liver is connected to the eyes and that’s why migraine sufferers benefit from using a simple trick like lying down in a dark room. According to Chinese Medicine, the liver controls the amount of blood in circulation to engender a harmonious, unrestricted flow of Qi throughout the system. It acts as the planner for all the functions of the body and, when healthy, regulates sleeping rhythms, helps you deal with insomnia naturally, ensures proper vision and allows the emotions to be in proper balance (2).
Also, symptoms related to the liver are usually closely related to the emotions. A weak liver can make someone more easily stressed, angry or in some cases depressed. Therefore, liver-related symptoms are often worsened by emotional stress.
The Hayo’u Method and migraines
As the liver is connected to the eyes in Chinese Medicine, let’s start by supporting the liver there. The tools and techniques developed by The Hayo'u Method offers you simple, daily rituals every day that can help you manage migraines:
1. Retreat to a dark room and then place the jade Beauty Restorer™ over each eye in turn. Ideally, place one over each eye and relax completely by practicing the Rescue Breath Ritual.
2. Then use the tip of the Beauty Restorer™ to rake over your head to clear excess heat. If that is too much stimulation just holding the jade on your head will be beneficial. Jade is a naturally cooling gemstone.
Breathing exercise to reduce a migraine fast
The single most effective way to reduce your stress levels is to take conscious, deep, abdominal breaths. By moving your awareness out of your head and into your breath, your heart rate slows, your mind is calmed and your blood oxygenated.
Deep breathing engages your parasympathetic nervous system, which is your bodies ‘rest’ mode. Practice this throughout the day to calm yourself (including your liver!). Proper breathing is one of the best ways to stimulate the vagus nerve, which triggers the parasympathetic nervous system. Studies have shown that you can improve your vagal tone with practice – meaning the more often you trigger your rest phase, the easier it becomes (3).
Anti-inflammation Chinese medicine remedies
Historically, the Chinese have relied on Gua sha for any kind of pain in the body. Gua sha is used in Chinese Medicine to clear toxicity and heat (inflammation). Inflammation and migraine have been directly linked in several major scientific studies (4).
Daily practice of The Hayo'u Method's Body Restorer Ritual™ may help prevent the recurrence of migraines by lowering inflammation. There is a close relationship between liver and lung, so Gua sha on the chest will help to support your liver.
There are many ways for you to relieve the constant pounding pain of migraines naturally at home, however should you need more advice, please speak to your medical provider.
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Disclaimer: Gua sha is a treatment designed to relieve muscular pain and tension and improve circulation. Results vary according to age, strength of body, skin type and medical conditions. If you are under the age of 16 and over the age of 60 or suffering specific medical conditions we do not recommend using the Body Restorer™. At no point should treatment feel painful. Always start gently, observing the reaction to your skin and proceed with caution. If in any doubt, contact us at email@example.com or seek medical advice. This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.
1. Wiley: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2796.2010.02321.x/full#js-feedback
2. National Institute of Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21158977
3. US Library of Medicine: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3681046/
4. National Institute of Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17905355