| ||Naturopathic Medicine : Migraines||
Perhaps your migraine is because you dislike against being driven;
you're resisting the flow of life.
Migraine headaches are often involved with anger.
Chronic pain syndrome develops as a result of having chronically
negative attitudes and/or unconscious emotional response mechanisms that
keep a person continually in stress. Chronic attitude problems are so much
a part of a person's self-image that he or she does not recognize them as
separate from the personality. Nothing is more difficult to identify than
our assumed 'natural' ways of being in the world that are essentially patterns
we have developed to help us cope. Certain body parts suceptible to chronic
negative patterns include the spine, the stomach (as in ulcers), and the
head (tension and migraine headaches).
Perhaps you have sexual fears. This migraine can usually be relieved
Migraine, according to some psychology researchers, is always a
displacement of sexuality into the head. Whereas sufferers from tension
headaches are trying to separate their heads from their bodies, migraine
patients are transferring one particular bodily theme, sexuality, into their
heads and trying to live it out at this level instead. Sexual expression
exists on both of the possible poles: either patients have banished their
sexuality from their lives ("I don't want to have anything to do with
such things"), or they are anxious to impress on everybody what a marvelous
sex life they have.
Physiologically, a migraine attack is in some ways like an orgasm
in the head, as tension reverts to relaxation (dilation of the blood vessels)
at climax. Sometimes several orgasms are necessary for relaxation to set
in and the attack to come to an end. It is also relevant that digestive
disturbances and constipation are high on the list of migraine patients'
side-symptoms; in other words such people are 'closed up' at the lower level.
Married couples tend to use their 'migraines' as an excuse for not having
Are There Any Subtle Energy Medicine Techniques Effective For Migraines?
Flower essences, popularized earlier this century by the British physician
Edward Bach, are especially helpful for migraines induced by some kind of
emotional upset. The following may be considered, although it will probably
be more effective for you to consult with someone trained in the use of
- red chestnut
- white chestnut
- aloe vera
- bleeding heart
- water violet
- cherry plum, or
- rescue remedy which is the widely used combination flower essence
formula useful for any symptom caused by emotional trauma. Works great
for kids who get minor scrapes and bruises, but cry hysterically because
they are startled, or want attention. Comes in a creme or droplet (weak
alcohol tincture) form.
A newer form of vibrational medicine is the use of sound for healing. Some
health care providers with specail training can determine "missing"
tones from the patient's voice, and then use a machine to produce the missing
tone, thus filling in the harmonic spectrum of the patient's major form
of expression (the voice), thus restoring balance and vitality, and presumably
helping relieve any symptoms of distress. A qualified sound therapist may
help reduce or eliminate your migraines.
Color, either by wearing clothes of certain colors, or placing claer plastic
colored gels over light sources in your environment, can reduce all sorts
of physical, mental and emotional ailments. In particular, for migraines,
the following colors should be considered. During the migraine:
- purple raises the threshold of pain and is soporific if directed
towards the face, throat and chest.
- scarlet can raise blood pressure via three effects: vascoconstrictor,
raises heart rate, calms the kidneys. Be careful, however, because migraines
are more usually associated with higher blood flow. For those with migraines
due to decreased blood flow, scarlet may be effectively directed towards
the face may for relief.
Between migraines try:
- lemon (helps to dissolve blood clots) and yellow (acts on the motor
nerves, thereby helping to energize muscles; acts on the lymphatic system
as it is a mild tissue stimulant) for 2 weeks, then
- lemon and orange (as decongestants) for 4 weeks
- this is repeated for as long as is necessary
For right sided migraines try:
- blue over the liver for 5 minutes
- blue on the face
In general, great healing colors for migraines are the colors associated
with the upper "chakras" (energy centers along the spine), which
are violet, indigo, blue, and green.
Some people will find gems and semi-precious stones, worn as jewelry or
placed in special locations around the home, will help restore balance and
bring a sense of peace and well-being. Some gems to consider for migraine
- Cat's Eye
|A graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, she completed both the Naturopathic and Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine programs. Her preceptor work (similar to residencies) took place in Seattle, West Virginia and China,......more