Migraines usually affect the sides of the head and are characterized by intense throbbing pain that is sometimes felt behind the eyes. There may be nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. People also report visual disturbances such as blurred vision, auras, and photophobia. These types of migraines can occur at weekends after working long hours under excessive stress and pressure.

This type of headache is referred to as Liver Yang Rising. Basically, too much energy rises to the head along the liver and gallbladder channels and causes pain. Yin and Yang energies are not balanced; normally Yin energy restrains the rising energy of Yang and anchors it to the earth.

Acupuncture treatment is directed at allowing the course of energy or Qi in the liver and gallbladder channels to balance Yin and Yang. Normally I treat this syndrome once a week if the migraines are particularly debilitating. More frequent treatments may be necessary initially until the severity and frequency diminishes to tolerable levels or disappear.