Headaches and Chinese Herbs

If you feel that your limbs are heavy, chest stuffiness, abdominal distension, poor appetite, a sticky sensation in the mouth, urinary difficulty or loose bowels (A TCM practicer would also look for a white greasy tongue coating, and rolling pulse) then you may be suffering Wind-Dampness Headaches.

When the weather is humid, invasion of external wind-cold often combines with dampness. The pathogens attack the head and obstruct the orifices, producing headaches that feel as though the head is tightly banded.

The spleen governs transportation and transformation and corresponds to the four limbs. Dampness tends to accumulate in the middle burner and interrupt the spleen functioning, so there will be heavy limbs, chest stuffiness, abdominal distension, and poor appetite.

Internal dampness also disturbs the body fluids and leads to urinary difficulty and loose bowels. A sticky sensation in the mouth, the tongue coating and the pulse are also associated with dampness disrupting the middle burner. This type of headache prone to develop in those who stay in a humid environment for long hours, while they overstrain the bodies or have temporary weakness (insufficient healthy energy) at the same time.

Therapeutic principle: dispel wind and dry dampness

Sample prescription: Notopterygium Decoction to Remove Dampness

In the prescription, pungent and warming herbs are used, such as the notopterygium root, pubescent angelica root, ledebouriella root, Sichuan lovage, Jehol ligustium rhizome and vitex fruit. They expel the pathogens through sweating, restore the normal flow of yang qi, and thus relieve the pain and heaviness sensation. The liquorice root can assist other herbs to disperse the pathogens and also as a buffer.

These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs.

Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here


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