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Headaches due to Liver Wind (Migraine)
Explanation: This formula is commonly associated with stress, rage or anger. Emotions tend to effect the Liver organ as defined by traditional Chinese medicine. That's not exactly the same liver as we think of in biomedicine, the TCM Liver is more associated with the peripheral nervous system, hormones, and even the blood pressure. At any rate, once the TCM Liver gets angry it begins to get hot and give off heat and wind. This wind rises up into the head, often times following the trajectory of the Gall Bladder channel. Wind is a funny name for neurological issues, but not when you look at how it effects the body when it gets really significant. Headache is only the first symptom. When wind becomes more pronounced it can give rise to convulsions or even a coma when it gets completely out of control. If your headaches are associated with high blood pressure, you're probably looking at one of the better formulas for you. There are others too, but at least this article can get you thinking in herbal terms. Because hypertension is a deadly disease, it is important that you work with an herbalist licensed in TCM herbal medicines so that you can get the right formula. You don't want this internal wind or your blood pressure to go unaddressed, or addressed incorrectly.
Other symptoms: vertigo, paralysis or convulsions, trembling movement of the tongue, insomnia, coma, deviation of the mouth and eyes, or deviation of the tongue (when you stick it out, it doesn't stick out straight ahead, but to one side or the other), hemiplegia.
Applicable diseases: Hypertension (high blood pressure), puerperal eclampsia, hemiplegia, trigeminal neuralgia.
Cautions and warnings: none. The formula is safe for all, but not addressing your high blood pressure isn't and so it is strongly encouraged that you keep monitoring your blood pressure no matter what formula you take to make sure it is doing what it needs to do. Also, should you find that your tongue deviates to the side when you stick it out, a neurological exam may be in order to rule out a tumor impinging on one of the nerves in charge of the tongue muscles. This doesn't mean that TCM can't help you, but if there is a tumor growing there, it would be wise to find out if there is time to address this herbally or if the tumor needs to be addressed with the more dangerous, but quicker Western therapies.
Usage and prognosis: This formula addresses what is called an "excess" condition and should respond rather quickly to herbal therapies. That could range from feeling better after one day or one week of taking this formula. How long it takes to completely remove the problem would be based on the length of time it takes to initiate the healing trend. If after one week you feel 25% better. Expect three more weeks to complete the process. After that point, a lower dosage to be used as a preventive medicine may be required. A portion of the problem that this formula treats is due to life style choices and you may need to make some healthier choices in regards to diet, exercise, and emotional/mental perspective to see a more fundamental healing of this condition of Liver Wind.
How to obtain your formula: You can purchase the formula mentioned in this article by simply clicking on its name. Another option is to obtain this formula modified for your unique situation.
Other locations to purchase this formula include your friendly neighborhood Chinese herb pharmacy. You'll likely need to live near a Chinatown to obtain your herbs there. They'll probably come in raw form (twigs, branches, etc.) and you'll have to take them home and cook them into a nasty tasting brew. This may provide the strongest medical efficacy, but it is also the most hassle.
In some cases, the formulas that are described in these articles are available in premade capsule, tablet, or pill form. The name of the formula may be spelled or described slightly different, and I can't really anticipate how they'll end up looking on the package, but they too are out there, most frequently at those Chinese herb pharmacies, but often at health food stores or stores that target consumers of natural or organic products.
Finally, acupuncture and TCM schools tend to carry a rather extensive stock of these kinds of herbal medicines. Most of them have a clinic for people to come in and get treatments. Here's a list of the schools, perhaps there is one near you... TCM schools. Here are some herb suppliers too, they may be able to provide you some help in locating your formula: Herb Suppliers.