Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for Migraine Headaches in Toronto, ON Bonus points with digestive health and heavy menstrual bleeding

Chronic migraine is a common condition many people suffer on monthly, weekly or even daily basis. Conventional medicine usually treats it with pain medications with partial temporary relief and failure to stop it from happening in the future.

As an ancient holistic medical practice, Chinese medicine looks at migraine very differently. Chinese medicine looks at and treats the body as a whole with its herbal and acupuncture treatment. Through thousands of years of practice, Chinese medicine physicians have identified some interesting patterns that come along with migraine headaches and developed specific treatments accordingly.

In the clinic, one of the common patterns of chronic migraine patients is association with digestive issues, e.g. slow digestion, bloating, fatigue after meal, another one is menstrual issues among women, e.g. painful period and heavy bleeding, often iron deficiency as well.

In the principle of Chinese Medicine, a weakened digestive system, spleen and stomach (脾胃), can lead to the congestion and obstruction of the “Dampness/phlegm”(pathological body fluid) in the body. When the “phlegm” is congested in the head, it can lead to severe and chronic headache, especially behind the forehead and eyebrows. yAnother function of Digestion system in Chinese medicine is to regulate and constrain the blood flow, therefore a weak "Spleen/Stomach" can be the root cause behind some (not all because there are other reasons cause heavy bleeding.) heavy menstrual bleeding cases.

Chinese medicine also believes healthy human beings live in harmony with nature and the environment. Many migraine sufferers are sensitive to weather, especially the humidity and barometric pressure. The change of humidity, which is the “dampness” level in the air, the body automatically adjusts itself accordingly. When the body has "dampness/phlegm" problems, it will have trouble adjusting itself toward the change of weather, thus symptoms like heaviness, migraine can happen.

When a migraine patient presents one or more of the following symptoms:
● Pain located at forehead and/or behind eyes
● Sensitive to weather changes or light
● Bloating, fatigue after lunch/afternoon crash
● Heavy menstrual bleeding
I will assess their digestive function and address it in the treatment accordingly.

If you have two or more of these symptoms and have been suffering from migraine, the key to improve your migraine is more likely in your gut than your head. If you are looking for a holistic alternative treatment that can get to the root of the problem, Chinese medicine may have the answer for you.

Chinese medicine has specific herbal formulas and acupuncture points to strengthen the function of the digestive system. Some of the common herbs we use such as Pinellia Rhizome, Atractylodes Rhizome, Poria Root, can tonify the digestion, remove the dampness/phlegm. Acupuncture points such as ST36, CV12 can also help digestive health.

Dalu Wang is a licensed Chinese medicine and acupuncture practitioner in Toronto, Ontario. He is dedicated to improving the quality of life for his patients with his unique holistic approach. His clinical focuses are pain conditions, digestive and hormonal issues, and immune health. Book your initial appointment with Dalu, he will use his experience and skills to improve your health.

Call 647 779 1919


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