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Acupuncture for Migraines: Migraine in the Temples or Eyes

Acupuncture for Migraines: Migraine in the Temples or Eyes

by Grace Ganel L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., C.Z.B.

Migraine in the Temples or Eyes and Related symptoms

Many people experience migraine main in their temples or eyes. Often, this type of feels as though there is pressure pushing against the inside of the temple or eye. Clients with this type of migraine commonly experience difficulty sleeping, often waking up feeling hot at night, maybe even getting very sweaty at night. This pattern of migraine is also associated with many eye-related symptoms. Clients might have dry eyes, eyelid spasms, and vision impairments such as “floaters,” little specks moving around in the visual field. I also notice that these clients are more likely to have visual changes during or before migraines (such as lights, blurry vision, or tunnel vision).

In addition, clients with this type of migraine headache tend to complain of a “hot temper,” tinnitus, and feeling on-edge. Low back pain, knee pain, and some symptoms of the urinary and sexual organ systems are also common with this pattern of migraine. When I see this collection of symptoms in a client, I understand that the symptoms share one common Chinese medicine root, and I create a treatment plan aims to help them create balance in the related systems.

Why do these symptoms develop?

The primary cause of this pattern is emotional stress. When anger, frustration, or resentment are present over a long period of time, these emotions cause the energy of the body to move upwards very strongly, rising to the head and creating the pressure in the head, and the signs of deficiency below, including the low back pain and knee problems. That rising energy is also very hot in nature, and therefore is believed in Chinese medicine to burn up the resources that help us to keep a cool demeanor and a comfortable body temperature. All of these factors combine to create the various symptoms described above.

The affected areas, such as mood, eyes, and low back, are vulnerable to this cause of illness because of the nature of the channels involved. Anger corresponds to the Liver channel. The Liver channel smooths our mood and, enters the brain, and nourishes the eyes. The Liver channel is nourished by the Kidney channel. So when the Liver pulls a lot of resources from the rest of the body to deal with the emotional response of anger, the Kidney channel and its partner the Bladder channel suffer, resulting in symptoms in the parts of the body they govern: the neck, throat, low back, knees, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Another major factor that contributes to the development of these symptoms is mealtime behavior. The Liver channel does not behave normally when we eat while we’re working, eat while watching television, or eat while in an emotional state. Generally, multitasking while eating is a nonstarter for the Liver channel.

How do you prevent these symptoms from developing?