Most types of headaches occur as a mixed headache disorder, in which tension headache, sinus headache and vascular (migraine) headache arise at different times and under different circumstances. Headaches may be diagnosed in TCM practice by nature of pain. Sharp pain is usually from excess energy imbalance, dull pain from deficiency energy imbalance. In addition, certain area pain can be caused by either external or internal pathogenic factors. Excess external factors include wind cold (headache combined with common cold symptoms or seasonal allergies), wind heat (splitting headache with fever) and wind damp (headache combined with appetite loss).
Excess internal conditions may indicate: Liver yang rising (throbbing headache caused by emotional factors, diet), liver fire (progression of liver yang rising with worse headache), phlegm turbidity (headache with pain worse in damp weather, poor diet), and blood stagnation (strong localized headache pain due to injury or chronic illness). Deficient internal conditions may indicate: Qi deficiency (consistent dull headache, palpitations, mental/physical stressors), blood deficiency (dull headache with insomnia, fatigue, long term illness), liver kidney yin deficiency (headache with fatigue, dizziness, weak back/knees, old age).
Sometimes a headache is just a headache and sometimes it is an indication that the internal organs are stressed. In Chinese medicine here are basically four types of headaches, each appearing at different sites in the head and each indicating a problem at a specific organ. An occasional headache is nothing to be concern about but should you have a monthly headache or if it develops into more that one headache per month you should seriously have it treated by a professional. Both Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are indicated for the treatment of headaches. An occasional headache is nothing to be concern about but should have a monthly headache or if it develops into more that one headache per month you are in the need of help. For more information about headache prevention and treatment contact Dr. Richard Browne at (305) 595-9500.
Dr. Richard Browne is the President of the Acupuncture and Massage College (AMC). AMC is the oldest school of natural medicine in the state of Florida, offering a Masters Degree program in Oriental Medicine and a Diploma program in Massage Therapy.