Did you know that more people complain about headaches than any other type of ailment? There are approximately 45 million Americans suffering from chronic headaches each year, or about one in every six people, and some of your choice painkillers may actually be triggering MORE headaches.
With headaches mild to severe running rampant across the country, it seems appropriate to look into the different types of headaches that are plaguing people and to explore some Chinese medicine treatments that can help.
The first thing to recognize: not all headaches are the same. Therefore, one treatment method may not be right for treating all types of headaches. There are five main types of headaches classified in Western medicine: Tension headaches, Cluster headaches, Sinus headaches, Rebound headaches, and Migraine headaches.
In traditional Chinese medicine, these classifications don’t exist as much, but instead each individual is diagnosed by what “channel” or “organ” pathology is being affected and thereby causing the headache, according to Simin Wei, TCM Practitioner In Milton Keynes Chinese Medicine and Fertility Acupuncture Center. In TCM, a headache has two parts: the root and the branch. The root is whatever is causing the headache, and the branch is the pain itself. Chinese medicine works to treat both the root and the branch, so the result is more long-term, instead of just temporarily relieving the pain.
By integrating Western and Eastern thinking it’s possible to analyze the types of headaches you may be experiencing. However, if you want the best treatment tailored specifically for you, it is strongly recommended that you see an acupuncturist for a full diagnosis. With that said, there are some traits that tend to differentiate types of headaches, according to Health.com, and different treatments that work best for each.
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