There are many different patterns and symptoms associated with a headache. Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda don't just look at the present symptoms that one has when they experience a headache, but they look at the surrounding factors that lead up to the shifts in the body. Tension headaches are a good example of how outside factors can lead up to stress, emotions and constriction in the body building pressure. A great Acupuncture point that helps relieve the head and face is called He Gu, Joining of the Valleys, also known as Large Intestine 4.
Large Intestine 4 is located at the highest point in the muscle belly on the medial side of where your thumb crease joins your hand (both hands). In this picture the exact point area would be closer down on the hand where the massager's thumbnail begins. Massaging this area, which may feel tender at first, is a great balancing point for headaches and migraines. Gently massaging the point and areas around it that feel tense or tender can help increase blood flow in the hand, along the Large Intestine Meridian and to the face which helps the body heal and clear stagnation. Each Acupunture point has many benefits for the body.
Precaution: If you are pregnant and experiencing a headache meeting with a practitioner would be most beneficial first.
The season of Fall, according to Chinese Medicine, is associated with the element of Metal. The Metal element governs organization, communication, setting limits and boundaries. It is a good time to finish projects that were started in the Spring and Summer as one can experience the "harvest" from all your hard work. This is also a great time to begin more introspective projects as the weather gets colder and we spend more time physically inside.
The Metal element governs the Lungs and Large Intestine as well as the emotions of "letting go" and Grief. As we take a deep breath of the Fall air, we sense a crisp cool quality, a big change from the recent Summer heat. This shift in air quality is felt by our lungs and its energy channel opening to our nose. This is a time many experience colds, a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, asthma and allergies such as hay fever. These are symptoms that can be helped with Acupuncture, medicinal herbs, nutritional support and self care therapies such as Neti-pot use.
Some may also experience irregularities with their digestion and elimination as the Large Intestine comes into play as a an organ that helps us let go of things our body does not need. Balancing one's digestion can also be greatly helped with Acupuncture, medicinal herbs, and nutritional support. This is an important process to go through, a reflection of this is seen in the trees and plants around us letting go of their leaves and fruit. We can embrace this time of the year as a time to cleanse and detox as we move more inward to work on our home, ourselves, and become more in touch with our dreams and aspirations.