Q: I suffer with severe headaches during and around my
period. Is there anything you could suggest to either eliminate the pain
altogether or to at least ease the headache when I get one?
Headaches occurring right before, during or after menstruation are
fairly common. Some women actually think that itís a normal occurrence, just
another added insult to the injury we call menstruation. However, in a
balanced body, this should not be happening. Acupuncture, with or without
Chinese herbs can be very effective in treating headaches and keeping them
from reoccurring. Acupuncture balances the endocrine system (your hormones!)
and lets the body perform its functions smoothly. Liver Qi Stagnation or
Liver Yang Hyperactivity commonly causes headaches that occur before or
during menstruation. Right before menstruation, Liver Yang can start rising
too much and cause some nasty, pounding headaches. Acupuncture and herbs can
help smooth and anchor the Liver and, thereby, calm headaches. Liver Blood
Deficiency is usually the culprit of headaches occurring after menstruation
(they tend to be duller with some dizziness). Blood-tonifying herbs and
acupuncture are excellent for these kinds of headaches.
Please let me know if acupuncture can be used to treat excessive hair
shedding or hair loss when all possible medical reasons have been ruled out.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can effectively treat hair loss.
According to TCM theory, hair loss is usually due to blood deficiency (from
a pre-existing Kidney and/or Liver Deficiency) which stirs up an internal
wind in the body that affects the head. The key is to nourish the blood and
Kidneys with acupuncture, Chinese herbs and good nutrition.
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