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Connective tissue massage, along with great conventional medical care, have helped Cliff overcome a lifetime of extreme migraines. He feels that finding massage therapy has helped him take control of his health.
For more information about headaches, visit the National Headache Foundation.
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Jingduan Yang, MD
Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine
Migraine headache is often caused by an energy imbalance called “liver Qi stagnation” in ancient Chinese medicine. It is thought that the Liver energy is affected by the emotion of anger; therefore, unresolved anger can be a contributing factor to migraine headaches. Addressing this emotional component to the problem is often a key component of the treatment process.
Liver stagnation can be associated with heat the stagnation, so it is best to avoid spicy foods that can create heat in the body such as hot peppers. Green colored food is normally thought to be good for liver.
Sandi Amoils, M.D., Physician Acupuncturist
Medical Director, Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine