Headaches are an unfortunate side effect of the frenetic and stressful pace of everyday modern living. The occasional headache can be treated simply by taking a paracetamol or ibuprofen-based painkiller. But a recurring headache can have a debilitating effect on your everyday life and overall sense of well-being. Here’s a look at the 3 most common types of recurring headaches and an insight into how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques can help to treat them.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are commonly caused by stress, affecting the temples and the back of the head. TCM techniques are used to locate pressure points and drain away the pain.

Sinus Headaches

According to TCM, sinus headaches are affected by a disruption to the spleen and lungs. A TCM diagnosis will identify the root problems and treat them using acupuncture and massage therapy by releasing the blocked meridian energy channels, therefore providing relief to the sinuses.


Typical migraine symptoms are an intense, throbbing pain, light sensitivity and nausea. According to TCM philosophy, migraines are caused by a liver disturbance. TCM treatments aim to calm the liver and allow the free flow of meridian channels to the head.

TCM believes that the head is connected to other internal organs by meridian channels. It is a sea of marrow that is nourished by nutrients that flow from the other organs. If the meridian flows are blocked, then essential nutrients can’t pass to the head.

Rather than just treating the headache itself, a TCM physician will analyse disturbances throughout the body to understand the underlying cause. Acupuncture, massage and Chinese medicines are used to re-balance the body and increase the energy flows by specifically treating the organs that are associated with the headache.

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