ACUPRESSURE CAN WORK FOR SELF-TREATMENT OF HEADACHES – HERE’S HOW TO DO IT (AND HOW I TREAT HEADACHES)
I am always mystified at the lack of scientific research into healing modalities that have a proven track record over hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. While acupuncture has been gaining ground when it comes to research, acupressure has barely been studied. Regardless, I certainly see no reason not to try it if you have a headache.
Headaches have many different potential causes, so I take a holistic approach to identifying the underlying causes and treating them. Headaches can be caused by lack of sleep, stress, tight muscles, dehydration, hormonal imbalances, allergies, toxins and many other factors.
When a patient complains of headaches, I do a thorough medical history and physical exam and put on my “medical detective hat” to look for clues as to the underlying causes. By treating the underlying causes with ongoing dietary and lifestyle improvements and natural medicines (medical grade supplements, herbs, vitamins, and homeopathics) my patients have been able to significantly reduce or permanently eliminate headaches and migraines.
While this article includes some information about massage therapy and other related practices, its main value comes from the illustrations and instructions about how to use acupressure points to relieve headaches.
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This article covers natural treatments such as acupuncture, massage, tai chi, qi gong, food selection, supplements, and more. As medical knowledge increases and old stereotypes and prejudices are put to rest, we are going to find increasing acceptance of natural therapies. This is good news for patients.
In working with breast cancer patients (and other cancers as well), I have utilized several natural treatment protocols to help them manage their symptoms and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and medications. These therapies are not meant as a substitute for standard care, but rather serve to lessen its severity.
One of the therapies I use is a Hawaiian herb that helps reduce nausea, maintain appetite, and enhance energy levels. I have seen my cancer patients do much better with their chemotherapy – and even radiation – when they are able to have natural treatment included.
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