Headaches and Migraines are very common symptoms and complaints in our society, affecting about one million Portuguese, with a higher incidence in the adult and female population.
There are different types of headaches and these may be associated with different causes.
Stress headache is more associated with stress and anxiety, occurs later in the day, and pain is usually mild to moderate.
Neuralgia is more uncomfortable and persistent, affecting the malar, frontal, ocular and temporal regions. The pain can be intense and very severe and can even affect a person's daily life (eg Trigeminal Neuralgia, which occurs from nerve inflammation or viruses).
Migraine headaches generally affect the female population and are usually triggered by stimuli such as menstruation, stress, alcohol intake, or ingestion of certain foods such as chocolate and citrus fruits). The pain may be moderate to severe and other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or general malaise may occur. Although episodic, migraine recurs and tends to be chronic if left untreated.
In Chinese medicine, migraine (and other headaches) are also differentiated by their onset, triggering or aggravating factors, as well as their associated signs and symptoms.
A common clinical migraine pattern is associated with liver energy stagnation and is associated with menstruation - as this is the organ responsible for the distribution of menstrual blood. Chinese medicine thus uses its natural therapeutic methods to regulate liver energy, relieving pain and treating its cause. In addition to acupuncture, it may be suggested to remove some foods that are found to be the trigger for pain or to prescribe some combination of therapeutic herbs to complement therapy.
Headaches are still differentiated by their location, as this corresponds to a certain energy level and in turn to a certain organ or organs that are affected, thus facilitating the diagnosis and respective therapeutic strategy to be used by the Medical Specialist. Chinese
The following explanation corresponds to such differentiation as illustrated in the image.
- Tai Yang (occipital area): often associated with cervical and spinal problems or also with colds and flu;
Yang Ming (frontal area): Stomach or Intestines problems and disorders, such as digestive difficulties, gastritis, heartburn, reflux, among others;
- ShaoYang (lateral area / sources): association with menstrual or emotional disorders; gallbladder (and affinity, liver) disorders; often the pain is accompanied by a throbbing sensation;
- Tai Yin (medial area): Frequent pressure and weight sensation, often associated with moisture and mucosity, and symptoms of respiratory or digestive alterations;
- Shao Yin (medial area): may be associated with nervous or cardiovascular system problems such as anxiety, fear and palpitations; common feeling of distension or rise;
- Jue Yin (vertex): This area corresponds to the liver and is often associated with menstrual and / or emotional disorders.
It should be noted that the above is only exemplary and indicative, and the diagnosis should be made by the Specialist, in order to identify the disorder in the body and choose the appropriate treatment for each case.
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