Acupressure for Nausea and Headache Pain
I apologize in advance if this is in the wrong forum. I thought it fell under the category of "health" and, for me, relates to phsyical training.
Anyway, for about the past month or so I have been educating myself on general TCM, and I have had two occasions recently to use acupressure ony myself for the relief of pain and nausea associated with migraine headaches. Any migraine-sufferers out there know just how debilitating these headaches can be, and how difficult it can be to find a helpful treatment (migraines run in my family, and my mother and brother have tried lots of medications).
I know that there are some threads floating around on the proof or lack thereof for acupuncture in general, but in this case I'm getting real specific.
I use two points in conjunction:
which has produced pretty reliably good evidence for posoperative and chemotherapy related nausea
The second point is supposedly helpful for headaches, although I am not sure if this point has been researched for use alone for headaches, there is some relatively good evidence that acupuncture in general is good for migraine prophylaxis (although the specific point may be less important according to this research).
Anyway that second point is called LI4
By applying pressure to one point and then the other I was able to have a shorter and less severe migraine experience this morning, and once earlier in the month. The end result here being that I can actually go to class tonight and can get some work done during the day. This isn't scientific evidence of course, but is pretty promising for me, a dude whose headaches generally put him out for a whole day and night on the rare occasions that they occur.
Another interesting fact, I used to get migraine's much more frequently before I started doing relaxation training and meditation. Frquency decreased from once every 2 weeks or so, to more like one every 2-3 months. In either case, if the placebo effect is really what is at work here, I'm happy to enjoy the fruits of that as well.