Case: First Aid for Migraines


I started suffering from debilitating migraines approximately 15 years ago, (when I was going ‘against my grain’ of course). I took ibuprofen on a regular basis, not to alleviate the migraines, but to prevent them.

At the time, I was already studying holistic and complementary therapies, and I came to the conclusion very quickly that this was ‘not a good idea’. My search began for a natural therapy that would cure my migraines.

An acquaintance suggested I try Jin Shin Jyutsu. I looked at him blankly and said: ‘Gin what?’ He lent me the book A Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister, and a whole new world opened up to me. A world, where I began to Get to KNOW (Help) MYSELF.

It was so wonderfully simple, and so effective. After a time, I was able to clear my migraines in minutes. Over time, I worked on myself and with the help of a Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner who gave me sessions to clear the CAUSE of the migraines. After a while, they just stopped. 

To alleviate headaches and migraines, you can use this simple Jin Shin Jyutsu self help hold: place your fingers at the base of your thumb. Use the right hand fingers on the left base of thumb or vice versa. Hold for a few minutes, or until there is relief. Do this first step in the case of a migraine, and then hold the outsides of the heels (place the right fingers on the right heel just below the ankle and the same on the left side).

Of course, if headaches persist, then it is advisable to have them checked out by a physician, as well as seeing a JSJ Practitioner.  

Also, in my experience, it helps to drink lots of water, cut down on starches and avoid typical ‘trigger’ foods like coffee, alcohol (especially red wine), oranges, chocolate and very spicy foods.

Jin Shin Jyutsu for Headache and Migraine

I was reminded in the last few days how I found Jin Shin Jyutsu in the first place: through the debilitating migraines that I used to suffer. Last week I was sitting in front of the computer and PRESTO! started getting the tell tale zig zag signs in front of my eyes.

I immediately closed my eyes and held the base of the thumb – that didn’t do too much, so I went to the outside of my heels (just under the ankles) and held the left one with the left hand, and the right one with the right hand. That started ‘opening’ up this zig zag lightning bolt…then I went back to the base of the thumb (held the left one with the right fingers). Then I also held the back of the head – I dug my fingers in where it was sore and held for a while until there was a strong pulse. Then I went back to the outside of the heels.

Within 20 minutes it was all gone, and I went back to the computer. Isn’t it great to be able to manage pain so quickly and easily? The body knows how.