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Migraine, Acupuncture Therapy

by: Joe Hing kwok Chu

Body acupuncture, single point

Point: Chiqian xue


Use #30 or #28 2.5" or 2" needle. Enter vertically. After twisting around to obtain de qi sensation, point the needle slightly toward the tips fingers. Leave needle for 20 to 30 minutes if needed.

Chiquan xue 尺前穴  is located between taiyuan (L 9) 太淵 and chize (L 5) 尺澤  .  It is 10 inches above taiyuan (L 9).

Taiyuan (L 9) is located at the radial end of the transverse crease of the wrist, in the depression on the radial side of the radial artery.

Chize (L 5) is located at the cubital crease, near the radial border of the tendon of biceps brachii muscle.

From taiyuan (L 9) to chize (L 5) is 12 inches.

Warning: do not over use xie (purging) method or patient may experience yun zhen (dizziness from needling). If yun zhen happens bu (tonify) tanzhong and zhusanli and administer some ren shen (ginseng root).

Caution: Do not use chi qian xue therapy on pregnant women.

Note chi qian xue is a newly discovered point.

zu lin qi (GB 41) 足臨泣

Locaction: Posterior to the fourth metatarsophalangeal joint, in the depression lateral to the tendon of m. extensor digiti minimi of the foot.


Feng chi (GB 20) 鳳池

Location: In the depression between the upper portion of m. sternocleidomastoideus and m. trapezius, on the same level with feng fu (DU 16).

Ear acupuncture

Note: acupuncture itself may not cure migraine. Qigong therapy and Chinese herb therapy should also be use.  See tension type headaches.

Usually in women, after menopause, migraine headaches subside automatically.

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