Monday, January 16, 2012
Trephination and trepanation - Ancient migraine treatments
The reason trephination and trepanation work is because of what goes on in a migraine. The brain has found a spot on the membrane that encases the brain, and mistakenly decided that it's injured there, even though it isn't. The membrane, also known as the blood-brain barrier, becomes leaky at that spot as the brain sends all sorts of healing chemicals to that area. It's why many migraineurs (people who suffer from migraines) can point to a spot and say, "That's where it hurts the worst." And that's where the ancient surgeons would remove part of the skull or drill a hole. As a result, the brain actually would have a wound to heal, and those chemicals could be used up. That would relieve the pain.
More on migraines...
(If you haven't guessed yet, this roller-coaster weather has got me a bit preoccupied with my migraines. You'll have to forgive my publication slow-down...)