There are many causes of headaches and migraines. They can be a result of stress, the onset of a cold or allergies, a hormonal imbalance, a head trauma, foods and drinks, or the result of a poor diet. Sometimes we know why we are experiencing the headache and often times we don’t.
You can tell a lot about a headache based on its location on the head and the quality of the pain.
For example, if someone has pain in their forehead or sinuses, it is often due to environmental allergies or food sensitivities. Reactions to environmental toxins will often manifest as headaches on top of the head.
If a person has a diet consisting of excessive amounts of dairy, sugar and greasy foods they may have a headache that feels heavy, like they have a wet towel wrapped around their head and it may become aggravated in damp weather.
Headaches due to injury tend to be sharp and stabbing in nature and may be worse at night.
Premenstrual headaches and migraines tend to manifest on one or both sides of the head and can be brought on or exacerbated by stress and/or strong emotions.
If you tend to wake with head pain, is consistent and dull, involves the whole head and improves with rest. It is an indication that you are working too hard or you have depleted yourself in some way.
All these types of headaches can be treated successfully with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Whether you know the cause of your pain or not, Chinese medicine can diagnose you based on the location and quality of the pain, the appearance of your tongue, the feel of your pulse and accompanying signs and symptoms. And, acupuncture can assist to alleviate these symptoms.
To Your Best Health,
Sydney Cooley L. Ac., Dipl OM
801 Florida Rd, Suite 12, Durango, CO