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Causes of Headaches

There are many factors in TCM theory that may play a key role in the root cause(s) of headaches.  These include body constitution, emotional health, excessive work, social and exercise activities, improper diet, physical trauma and pregnancy.  Headaches can also be diagnosed according to specific symptoms, times of occurrence, location on the body, type of pain, triggers and remedies which provide relief.

A natural path to relief

Acupuncture and TCM take a whole-body approach to health.  Your practitioner will take a detailed health history, and perform a physical exam to determine how and why your body’s vital energy, or Qi, is out of balance, and what root causes are contributing to the overall problem. During treatment, in order to restore the balance and flow of Qi, fine sterile needles will be inserted at specific points along the meridian pathways.  Based on your unique symptoms, the acupuncturist will choose to concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs.  Afterwards, a variety of self-care techniques may be prescribed to further expedite your healing process.

What do you mean by Qi is out of balance?

An important part of Acupuncture and TCM is the concept of Qi.  Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital life energy that animates the body and protects it from illness.  It flows through pathways called meridians, and provides nourishment to all of the body’s organs.  When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, physical symptoms may result.  Qi stagnation may be the cause of your headaches.

It is important to remember that acupuncture is not a “quick fix”.  Changes may occur quickly or over a longer period of time, depending upon your overall constitution and health. It is important to closely follow the recommendations suggested by your acupuncturist.  Whether it’s one visit to address a acute problem, or several visits to address a chronic problem, your acupuncturist will create a treatment protocol that will maximize your healing potential.

Below are a few ways that you can participate in your own healing, by making simple lifestyle change that may help soothe or even prevent head pain.

Track those triggers

Try to keep track of when your headaches start.  Migraine sufferers may find it especially helpful to keep a diary of symptoms and possible causes.  Triggers might include anything from eating chocolate, to anxiety or inhaling specific smells.  Pinpointing these triggers and avoiding them when possible - could help.

Stress relief

Stress puts a lot of strain on the body, and can contribute to many types of health concerns, including headaches.  Talk to your practitioner about healthy ways to handle stress, such as meditation or breathing techniques.


Physical activity is an important part of any health lifestyle, and is a great antidote to stress.  Your doctor can recommend types of exercises that may work best for you.

Healthy habits

Making minor changes can make a big difference in your overall health and vitality.  Do your best to eat healthy, organic foods, and make sure to get enough sleep every day. 

Acupuncture and TCM provide an effective, natural treatment for many different types of pain, including headache pain.  By working with your acupuncturist and adopting some simple lifestyle changes, you’ll be on your way towards a healthier, happier, pain-free life.


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