Headache Relief

Headaches-Migraines Chinese Medicine

Western medicine designates types of headaches such as cluster headaches, tension headaches, or migraines to a set of symptoms; in Chinese medicine, diagnosis of headaches depends on a set of patterns. Chinese herbs can alleviate headaches and migraines by addressing the root imbalances leading to them. The strategies listed may need to be used for many months to get to the root organ system imbalances related to chronic headaches or migraine headache. This is where many people get confused trying to only use the acupressure when a headache appears; this strategy will not lead to prolonged relief of chronic headaches and migraines. Here you will find the most common patterns of imbalance related to headaches according to Chinese medical theory along with essential oils that can be applied to acupressure points as an effective self-treatment and organic herbal remedies for each pattern.

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Acupressure Points that Relieve Headachesessential oils for acupressure

Acupressure Directions

Amazingly, one of the most effective points to treat headaches is not on the head, but on the foot! Acupressure Point Gallbladder 41 is one of the most clinically important points for headache relief! There are many points and strategies to treat head pain using acupressure depending on how the pain presents, the patterns of imbalance leading to headaches, and where the head pain is located. You can apply the Head-ease Acupressure Stick to the location of the pain.

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Liver Qi Stagnation HeadacheHerbs for Liver Health

In most cases, Liver imbalances are at the root of Headaches. The most common Liver disharmony is Liver Qi Stagnation. As in nature, heat in the body rises. In the case of Liver Heat, the Heat can rise through the meridians (or channels) and Liver heat often rises through the Gall Bladder channel. The Liver and Gall Bladder channels are connected and the Gall Bladder channel traverses the occipital area of the skull (the base of the skull), the head itself, and ends at the temples. Often these headaches present as one sided headaches. The Liver is pacified with the free and easy movement of Qi and Blood circulating throughout. Consider our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula!

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If Liver Qi Stagnation is not addressed and eliminated, the Liver energy will continue to heat up and headaches will become more severe. Often these headaches or migraines are related to extreme stress and frustration, angry outbursts, red face, sharp pain, dizziness, or nausea. This type of headache may get worse when you lie down. Consider our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula!

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Blood Deficient Headache

The Liver is most happy when it has abundant Liver Blood flowing through it keeping it nourished and cool. These types of headaches may be chronic and dull in nature with an empty headed feeling; fatigue with pain relief with rest; paleness and worsening of headache with exertion. Blood is Yin in nature and requires nourishing tonic herbs to rebuild abundant blood according to Chinese medicine. Consider our organic Sage Mountain herbal formula

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Blood Stagnation Headache with Sharp Pain

Blood formation and Blood movement require an abundance of Blood; if Blood Deficiency persists, Blood Stagnation can develop. Blood Stagnation can also be due to trauma, circulatory impingement, or Qi Deficiency. This type of headache will likely present with sharp, stabbing, ongoing fixed pain. Consider our organic Great Mender formula!

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Qi Deficient Frontal Headaches

Headaches that are associated with overwork and exhaustion may be due to Spleen Qi Deficiency. These headaches are dull throughout the whole head or frontal area, and are relieved with rest. Consider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula!restore-the-middle-way-organic herball formula

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Internal Damp-Phlegm Headache

If Spleen Qi Deficiency persists, Internal Dampness can develop. This type of headache would present with a feeling of heaviness of the head and a dull persistent pain exacerbated by wet weather. Migraine headaches and headaches that worsen with damp weather can fall under this pattern as well. Consider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula!

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Kidney Deficiency Headacheorganic yin-valley tonic herbs

This type of headache would be dull, likely at the crown of the head or radiate from the back of the head to the front, and would be alleviated with rest.Consider our organic Yin Valley formula!

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Migraines and Headaches That Come On With Barometric Pressure Changes

The San Jao, or Triple Burner of Chinese medicine is a functional energetic organ system not found in western medicine. It is responsible for regulation and communication throughout the body. When the body is unable to adjust for a change of pressure in the atmosphere this would be an indication of a San Jao insufficiency resulting in poor regulation of bodily systems.

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References

Body acupuncture combined with auricular acupressure for menstrual headache: a randomized controlled clinical trial

Effect of acupressure and trigger points in treating headache: a randomized controlled trial

Acupressure: a hands-on technique for treating headaches

Efficacy of neuroprotectors in patients with tension headaches

Treatment of headache pain with auto-acupressure

Treatment of headache with auto-acupressure

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Dr. Browne's Shared Insights and Experiences

When traveling with friends or family there are usually a few of those who partake in a little too much wine consumption while out to dinner. The next morning I am called upon to perform a little acupressure routine that gives immediate results in most cases.

  1. With my friend sitting in a chair, I use the dispersing method bilaterally on acupressure point GB 14 for about a minute
  2. Then I use medium pressure and pull my hands with fingers spread apart and rake their scalp from their forehead to the base of the skull.
  3. Then I hold a point just below the occipital bone (Acupressure Point Gallbladder 20) for a minute.
  4. Next, I grasp and pinch the top of the shoulders (Gallbladder 21) nine times.
  5. Finally, I use a counterclockwise medium pressure motion on acupressure point Gallbladder 21 for a minute.
  6. I repeat this routine three times total.

Unleash your healer within; you will likely be a hero! And here is a link to a little PDF booklet that I wrote about using acupressure for headaches that you can download