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BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN EAST AND WEST: FIVE PRINCIPLES FOR MAINTAINING AND RESTORING OPTIMAL HEALTH WITH MIGRAINE

 

Eastern medicine is a naturalistic philosophy of health and medicine that looks at the interrelationship of our body, mind, and spirit. Every human being is considered unique. The patient and the doctor work together to maintain and sustain good health. The focus of the relationship is on the prevention of disease and the concept of wellness. This requires an individual to take responsibility for his/her own health and to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet, exercise, and practices such as meditation to reduce the effects of stress and balance the energy centers in his/her body.

In his book "Secrets of Self-Healing" (Avery, 2008), Dr. Ni lists five principles for self-healing and wellness that provide powerful tools for maintaining and restoring optimal health. These five principles are:

  • diet and nutrition
  • herbs and supplements
  • exercise and acupressure
  • lifestyle and environment
  • mind and spirit. 

Today, in Western medicine, along with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of symptoms and diseases, most physicians and health care personnel acknowledge the relationship between an individual's diet, lifestyle, exercise and level of stress to his/her health. Besides medications, medical procedures, and surgeries, a variety of relaxation and behavioral treatments and therapies are part of treatment plans for a number of illnesses to promote, maintain and restore good health.

In her article "Migraine Research", Dr. Dawn C. Buse reports that people with migraine can live healthy, productive lives with an effective treatment plan that includes a proper diagnosis, medical care, and

  • acute and preventive pharmacological therapies 
  • non-pharmacological therapies such as biofeedback, relaxation training, cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, guided visual imagery, and yoga 
  • a healthy diet
  • healthy lifestyle habits like regular sleep/wake schedules and exercise, adequate hydration, no smoking, moderate caffeine intake, and
  • trigger management.

Given this information, let's take a closer look at these principles and concepts and, from a perspective of Eastern and Western medicine, apply them to migraine disease. Keep in mind that we are individuals, who are unique in our triggers, symptoms, comorbities, and risk factors for the progression of episodic to chronic migraine, as well as risk factors for the development of numerous other diseases and disorders.

That said, there are five principles that have helped me revert from chronic migraine and medication overuse headaches (MOH) to infrequent episodic migraine. In addition, these five principles have been instrumental in maintaining and restoring my optimal overall health. They are:

  1. Diet and nutrition
  2. Herbs, supplements and medications
  3. Exercise
  4. Lifestyle habits
  5. Mind and spirit

In subsequent articles, I share each of these principles with you in more detail, along with research studies that support scientific efficacy. 

Sharron is a health and wellness author. A migraine sufferer herself, her most recent book, "Migraine Identify Your Triggers, Break Your Dependence on Medication, Take Back Your Life -An Integrative Self-Care Plan For Wellness", (2013), is a Conari Press publication.

Folow Sharron on twitter @murraysharron, her Facebook page: Sharron Murray, MS, RN, and her website www.sharronmurray.com.

This article is not intended as as a substitute for medical advice. If you have specific concerns about your health or nutrition, please consult a qualified professional.

Updated, February 1, 2016

Copyright 2013, Sharron E. Murray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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