Ever wonder how acupuncture can help relieve your headache? Why does a needle or two can reduce pain or even eliminate the headache altogether?Headaches are one of the most common complaints people have in our culture. Although headaches may be seemingly simple in principle, there are a lot of intricacies behind what caused your headache. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there can be at least 5 varying causes to headaches. It may be internal causes, such as emotional stress or a physical ailment. Alternatively it may also have external cause like loud noises, temperature change or other environmental factors. And of course, it could be a combination of the two that is giving you the headache.
Different Types of Headaches
Ever notice your headaches happen in specific areas of the head? Front? Back? Temple-Side of the Face? Top of the head? Inside it?
All these regions are correlated with different meridians with a different flow of energy. Generally the cause of headaches can be simplified into two main reasons or a combination of the two . 1) the energy or “qi” in the meridians not flowing in their proper direction. 2) there is a traffic jam of qi in the channel causing a damming effect, which can be felt as tension or pain.
When Qi flows in wrong direction in your meridian
In this case, the energy is “rebelling” and reversing in flow. For example, the Stomach Meridian is correlated with frontal & sinus headaches. The flow of this channel is from the face down to the feet. A reversal of the energy means it would be going upward, hence the feeling of discomfort.
Traffic Jam in your Qi
In cases of temple headaches, it is correlated with the Gallbladder channel. The channel directly touches into the temple area and travels in the downward direction. When people get stressed & feel pressured, the Liver’s function is to release the tension and keep things flowing. However, when this function is compromised the energy stagnates which then keeps building up.
There more headaches?
Yes, there a few more headaches. The meridians generally associated with the headaches are:
- Frontal = Stomach Channel
- Temple = Gallbladder Channel
- Back of neck = Urinary bladder Channel
- Top of head, inside, or behind eyes= Liver Channels
All these channels have a certain flow & function. The cause of pain, tension or imbalance is highly unique to the individual. In Traditional Chinese Medicine through a professional, one can get a diagnosis via questions, pulse & tongue to get a custom treatment. Book your session to get a personalized treatment that works with you.
Note: This is a general information article & one should go to a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) or Traditional Chinese Practitioner (TCM.P) for a individualized diagnosis for your specific condition.