I conquered a migraine thanks to acupuncture
I am 23 years old, I study landscape architecture and I work part time at a local cinema. Mine lasted over a year and a half fight against migraine. Usually it would come suddenly, surprise me at lectures or catch me at work. This pain was unbearable I felt my skull burst open . The only consolation was that after 5-15 minutes it passed completely.
This my condition did not allow me to function normally, because the attack could come at any moment. I visited many doctors, all of whom pushed my blood pressure medication. I was supposed to take them during an attack.
Okay, they helped to overcome the attack, to shorten the pain, but me I still had these seizures monstrous migraine. Nobody could help me enough to heal them completely.
The turning point when I said to myself “enough – someone has to help me” – was exam day very important to me. I was preparing for it for 2 weeks and it was up to him whether or not I would get into the specialization of my dreams . I didn’t pass it because I got a headache while writing. Unfortunately, the lecturer was not so generous and decided that I was simulating.
I started looking for help where I hadn’t even dared to ask for it before. I went to a doctor practicing another medical system , more oriental – Mongolian. At the beginning I was afraid, the names of the treatments seemed strange to me: acupuncture, moxa or cupping . I’ve only heard that they can stick needles into my body or heat it up with some herbal cigarette.
Day of the visit in the Acupuncture Room of prof. Enji in Warsaw
To my positive surprise, she accepted me a very warm and smiling doctor with a relatively difficult name and surname: Enkhjargal Dovchin . I told her about my health problems, showed her the drug I was taking.
I was surprised when Dr. Dovchin told me show my tongue and then put my wrists loosely to check my pulse . Now I know that this is one of the stages of diagnosing patients in Eastern medicine.
My visit lasted a long time, I was sitting in my office for nearly 40 minutes. However, it felt like meeting a good friend. The doctor is not only a good doctor, but also an excellent psychologist . I immediately felt that I did the right thing by coming here.
Doctor Enji said that I have a very bad aura, mine the body is out of balance and life energy cannot circulate properly. And stress exacerbates these dysfunctions. Therefore, they will be the best solution acupuncture treatments combined with moxa and herbal therapy .
The diagnosis scared me a bit, because acupuncture is needles, which I was so afraid of going here, but I quickly realized how ridiculous and groundless my fears were. Acupuncture does not hurt at all, and the moxa cigar warms the body pleasantly .
% 22 The fight against migraine must be started as early as possible in order not to lead to irreversible diseases. Treating migraines is quite a long process, but there is already enough evidence and WHO recommendations for these approaches.% 22
Professor of Clinical Medicine Enkhjargal Dovchin
Acupuncture for Migraine and Few Points from Prof. Enji
I started going to treatments in the afternoons every third day. It suited me very well, because I had classes during the day. After a week of treatment, I felt much better , and not only did my migraine headaches stop, but my metabolism also improved.
After 30 days I was healthy, the pains disappeared completely and I did not have to stuff myself with these strong painkillers which they were wiping out my liver. I am delighted, because even 4 months have passed since the therapy – the pain never came back.
With all this, my complexion has improved, now it is flawless. And thanks to the regulation of metabolism – my figure slimmed down nicely. I don’t know how to express my gratitude, thank you with all my heart! Happy Kasia from Warsaw
% 22The above-mentioned acupuncture points in the European nomenclature are only for massaging, i.e. acupressure. You should gently massage these places with your fingertips, not using too much force. The massage time is 2-3 minutes per point. You can massage in your spare time even 5-6 times a day (in your spare time).
Professor of Clinical Medicine Enkhjargal Dovchin
Migraine – Contemporary Directions of Treatment
Migraine is a chronic neurological disorder that mainly manifests itself attacks of severe headaches accompanied by nausea and increased sensitivity to external stimuli . Genetic factors are responsible for the over-reactivity of neurons, causing migraine headaches, but the phenotype also affects the final manifestation of the disease. The annual incidence of this disease is around 13% and is higher in women. Patients usually have neuropsychological dysfunction and sometimes develop transient focal neurological symptoms. In acute migraine, the characteristic clinical symptoms are very similar, which is determined by the underlying mechanisms. Many studies show that the central nervous system is overactive. Migraine is not a disease limited to pain attacks as such. Many patients also report exhaustion between seizures as well. They complain of impaired daily functioning in the most important areas of life and expect new treatments. In young people, the frequency of seizures is higher. The emergency treatment of an acute migraine attack should routinely consist of an analgesic and an antiemetic. Triptans should not be introduced early in the treatment of an acute attack of migraine headache. In the natural course of the disease, the acute management of migraine attacks becomes inadequate. Preventive measures, both non-pharmacological and with the use of drugs, are an important issue. In more complex cases, combination therapy should be implemented. New strategies for combining existing drugs can sometimes prove to be more effective than trying to introduce new drugs.
Scope of Healthcare in Migraine
Migraine is often an undiagnosed disease entity, and thus – inadequately or not treated at all. In Scandinavia, only 56% of migraine patients consult a doctor, a lower rate than in North America. A large proportion of patients who visited a doctor because of symptoms related to a migraine attack did not receive regular care. Only every third person suffering from migraine is under constant medical care. The probable causes of such a condition are considered to be the lack of faith of the patient in the possibility of diagnosis and effective treatment of his disease by a doctor, unbelief in the existence of an effective method of therapy and dissatisfaction with previous consultations or treatment. In Sweden, every third person consulting a doctor because of migraine assessed the proposed treatment options as insufficient in relation to the level of their symptoms. Perhaps many patients do not feel bad enough to seek medical attention, so data on the impact of their disease on quality of life are unknown. However, many patients are actively seeking pain management options, which ultimately lead to medical advice. Thus, the growing interest in healthcare among migraine headache sufferers is obvious.
Migraine and Headache Induced by Synthetic Drugs
Taking pain medications frequently can cause headaches on a daily or almost daily basis. This creates a clinical problem for people being treated for migraine – whether the headache is due to the treatment or is it just another attack of migraine pain. Suspicion of drug-induced headaches applies to those patients who develop headaches for at least 15 days a month and in whom analgesic treatment was used for at least 10 days a month. The mechanism of transformation of episodic pain into daily pain is unknown, although in the case of triptans it may be associated with the sensitization of 5-HT 1B / 1D receptors by their prolonged stimulation. If treatment-related headaches are suspected, the intake of painkillers should be limited to 15 days per month, and in the case of combination therapy with analgesics and / or triptans – to 10 days per month. Clinical experience has shown that discontinuation of analgesics is the treatment of choice in such cases. Restrictions should be introduced as quickly as possible – as the patient’s condition allows. It is important to support the patient’s motivation; in some cases it is helpful acupuncture . If there is no expected improvement after one month, a low dose of amitriptyline is recommended.
Migraine and Non-Pharmacological Prophylaxis
If pharmacological treatment fails, is ineffective and does not meet the expectations of many patients, other options should be considered. It is a fact that patients prefer and appreciate non-pharmacological activities, not – as is usually believed – because they are reluctant to take drugs, but because of the belief that such activities have an activating effect on endogenous, positive mechanisms and the feeling that they can actively participate in and influence therapy. for your recovery. In connection with the above observations, non-pharmacological measures are recommended in all patients who require prophylaxis, both in monotherapy and in combination with taking medications. Discussion with the patient about making lifestyle changes to avoid the triggers of pain attacks is important for improvement. In Sweden, the most important non-pharmacological seizure prophylaxis is avoiding triggers and getting enough sleep. Behavioral treatment for recurrent migraine has been used and described over the last decades. The most common therapies can be divided into the following categories: relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy (“stress management”), and biofeedback. There is evidence of the effectiveness of these strategies, but the most effective one has not been identified. Similar to the effectiveness of drug therapy, in the case of non-pharmacological management, the headache index (index of frequency, severity and / or duration of pain) is reduced by 50% in 30–60% of patients. In clinical practice, the type of intervention used depends on the preferences and individual attitude of the patient and therapist. An important element of the treatment is repeating several-minute-long exercise sessions alone at home. Some patients require regular visits to a specialist to be able to continue the therapy. The obtained results may last up to several years. Efforts to find the mechanisms by which behavioral techniques work have had some results. The relaxation techniques include: 1) progressive muscle relaxation, such as alternating tension and relaxation of distinct muscle groups; 2) autogenic relaxation, for example achieving a state of deep relaxation through autoinstructions of the perception of warmth and heaviness in certain parts of the body; 3) meditation, such as achieving mental balance and relaxation by silently repeating a word or sound. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psychotherapeutic intervention whose primary goal is to make the patient aware of the role of his attitude in generating responses to stressful situations and the relationship between stress, exercise intensity and headaches. The above psychological actions are of particular value in migraine. Among adolescent patients with frequent headache attacks, relaxation therapy under the supervision of a therapist brings the best results. Biofeedback refers to any procedure that usually receives information about the body’s physiological processes, such as the temperature of the skin of a finger, via electronic devices. It is used in many specialist headache clinics, and several research studies have confirmed the effectiveness of biofeedback in treating migraine. The combination of biofeedback and pharmacotherapy can increase the effectiveness of treatment by 10-20%. Another proposal to support migraine therapy is regular and frequently practiced aerobics. In a randomized clinical trial it was shown that multidisciplinary management planned by neurologists and physical therapists showed significantly better effectiveness in migraine patients than conventional therapy proposed by family doctors . The patients considered exercise sessions in the group and the advice of physical therapists to be a priority. As there are no double-blind studies to evaluate the effectiveness of exercise in migraine, this is still unclear. Another, quite often used method in migraine prevention is acupuncture . While browsing medical literature databases, one can come across many publications confirming its effectiveness. Several carefully planned, good-quality clinical trials have compared the effectiveness of standard acupuncture with sham acupuncture treatment or pharmacological prophylaxis. Compared to flunarizine or metoprolol, acupuncture has similar effects, but is much better tolerated . A systematic review of the Cochrane library found this treatment modality effective and meaningful in the treatment of headaches. A meta-analysis was not possible due to the heterogeneous nature of the reports and the lack of sufficient data. Conducted by trained licensed therapists, acupuncture is safe . There are no scientifically proven descriptions of how needles should be placed or the number of needles to treat migraine. However, according to the traditional concept, the depth and location of the punctures do not play a significant role in achieving a positive effect. Taking into account the results of studies with the use of blunt needles, it can be concluded that the positive effect of the procedure depends on mechanisms other than perforation of the subcutaneous tissue. Equally important is the effect of relaxation and awareness of being under specialist care. Other physical therapy methods used in patients with migraine include massage, posture exercises, neck exercises, chiropractic and other manual spine procedures. There are few reports on the effectiveness of the above methods; it is recommended to carefully consider their usefulness in a given patient. It is not recommended to use intensive chiropractic procedures due to the possibility of dangerous health complications. In conclusion, both non-pharmacological and pharmacological prophylaxis may prove useful in people suffering from migraine. In more complex cases, combination therapy should be considered.
% 22 Migraine is a very serious opponent and the best treatment results are achieved by combining the methods of conventional medicine with traditional medicine. All such activities require arrangements between doctors and the establishment of the minimum allowable doses of drugs.% 22
Professor of Clinical Medicine Enkhjargal Dovchin
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