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Western Diagnosis

Headaches are commonly caused by allergies, anxiety, stress, tension, sinus pressure, muscle tension, hormonal imbalance, trauma to the head, eyestrain, coffee consumption, nutritional deficiences, or the use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco. Headaches can also be brought on by irritants such as perfume, after shave or air pollutants.

Experts estimate that approximately ninety percent of all headaches are tension headache and six percent are migraines. Tension headaches are the result of muscular tension whereas migraines occur when there is a disturbance in the blood circulation to the brain.

Frequent headaches can be the sign of an underlying health problem such as hypertension, hypoglycemia, sinusitis, or food allergies.

Eastern Diagnosis

According to TCM theory, a headache is either induced by external pathogens or internal injury. In general, the onset of a headache due to external pathogens is rapid and very painful. Its nature is excess and should be treated by dispelling the external pathogens.

In contrast, the onset of a headache due to an internal injury is usually slow. The pain is slight, though the condition is chronic and is often accompanied by some symptoms in the internal organs. This type of headache is deficient in nature and should be treated through tonificiation.


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