Headaches are subjective symptoms that can be found in many acute or chronic diseases. TCM holds that headaches can be caused by the following: internal injury or exopathy (i.e. invasion, of exo-patho-genic wind-cold into the vertex and then into the brain via channels), adverse rising of accumulated stomach-heat, insufficiency of Qi and blood, improper preservation of the reservoir of marrow (referring to the brain), stagnation of phlegm-dampness, lucid Yang failing to rise, or excessive fire of the liver and gallbladder.
The head is the pivot of all the Yang channels, collaterals, and channel-Qi. Collateral-Qi and Qi of the viscera all meet in the head. Headaches of various types are named after the routes of channels (i.e., Yangming Headache). Symptoms
Yangming Headache (Frontal Headache). Pain in the forehead (the Yangming Channel goes to the forehead along the headline), dry thirst, dysphoria with feverish sensation, foul breath, constipation, yellow tongue fur, and a forceful or slippery, rapid pulse.
Shaoyang Headache (Migraine—Lateral Headache). Pain in one or both sides of the head (the Shaoyang channel supplies the sides of the head). Sensation of excessive heat in the head and severe pain are the main symptoms. They are often accompanied by conjunctival congestion, hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, dry throat, yellow and dry tongue fur, and a taut, rapid pulse.
Tatyang Headache (Occipital Pain). Pain in the posterior aspect of the head (the pathway of the Taiyang channel) is the main symptom which is accompanied by fever, aversion to cold, stiffness and pain in the neck and back, thin, white tongue fur, and a floating tense pulse.
Jueyin Headache (Vertex Pain). The Channels of Foot Jueyin meet at the vertex (top of head). Thus, pain in the vertex is the main symp-
torn, which is accompanied by vertigo, vexation, quick temper, flushed face, bitter taste in mouth, insomnia, reddened tongue with yellow far, and a taut and rapid or fine and rapid pulse.
1. Self-Treatment with Qigong Exercise. Practice Psychosomatic Relaxation Exercise with emphasis placed on relaxation of the channels related to the pain area. Yangming headache. Emphasize relaxation of the Stomach Channel of Foot Yangming and the Large Intestine Channel of Hand Yangming.
Shaoyang headache. Emphasize relaxation of the Gall Bladder Channel of Foot Shaoyang and the Sanjiao Channel of Hand Shaoyang.
Taiyang headache. Emphasize relaxation of the Urinary Bladder Channel of Foot Taiyang and the Small Intestine Channel of Hand Taiyang.
Jueyin headache. Emphasize relaxation of the Liver Channel of Foot Jueyin.
Also practice Head and Face Exercise for all the above.
2. Treatment with Outgoing Qi. Press and knead the following points according to the location of pain.
Yangming headaches. Press and knead the points Yintang (Extra
1), Touwei (St 8), Hegu (L.I. 4), and Zusanli (St 36). Shaoyang headaches. Press and knead the points Taiyang (Extra
Taiyang headaches. Press and knead the points Fengfu (Du 16), Fengchi (G.B. 20), Tianzhu (U.B. 10\Jianzhongshu (S.I. 15), Jianwaishu (S.I. 14), and Houxi (S.I. 3). Jueyin headaches. Press and knead the points Baihui (Du 20), Yanglingquan (G.B. 34), and Taixi (K 3).
When the above points have been selected and massaged then emit Qi towards the pain area using the Flat Palm gesture and pushing-pulling-leading manipulation. Guide Qi downward from the head along the channels with pushing-leading manipulation.
To treat pain on one side of the head, first emit Qi towards the pain area to promote the functional activities of Qi. Next, guide Qi to flow to the fingertips along the San Jiao Channel of Hand Shaoyang with pulling-leading manipulation. Finally, guide Qi downward to the lower extremities along the Gall Bladder Channel of Foot Shaoyang, using the same manipulation, to balance the functional activities throughout the body.
Finally, emit Qi toward the lateral sides, the front, and the back of the head using Flat Palm gesture and pushing-pulling-rotating manipulation to normalize the functional activities of Qi.
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