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Chinese remedies for headaches include acupuncture as well as Chinese herbs.
The best treatment depends on the type of headache you’re experiencing in addition to the symptoms. Traditional Chinese remedies can be used for migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, post-traumatic headaches and those resulting from existing diseases you may have acquired.
The effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine lies largely in the way it views headaches, their roots and symptoms. Because nearly anything can cause a headache and it can effect individuals in vastly different ways, traditional Chinese medicine looks at the headache in relation to the whole of the body - this concept is known as the “the confluence of yang.” It’s this unique perspective that makes Chinese remedies some of the best natural remedies for headaches. Instead of taking a one-size fits all approach, Ancient Chinese Cures look at how the brain communicates with the rest of your body and is fueled by creating harmony via specific nutrients or activating pressure points.
Here are nine traditional Chinese remedies that you can try to potentially help relieve your headache:
1. Ginkgo biloba: This Ancient Chinese herb can stop inflammation because its core ingredients have shown to provide natural treatments to headaches. Chew ginkgo, or take it in powder form, at about 500 milligrams with water every five hours or so when you begin to feel those nagging headache symptoms.
2. Chinese massage: Acupressure massage can work wonders for a minor headache. There are very simple ways you yourself could cure the pain. One way is to find the point in the webbing of your thumb (between the thumb and index finger). Press in there firmly and hold for a couple of minutes. Repeat with the other hand. You should feel relaxed. The other point is directly between the eyebrows at the start of the forehead. Apply gentle pressure for here for two or three minutes. It’s an easy natural remedy that you can do yourself whenever needed.
3. Acupuncture: One study found that this natural treatment reduced pain by 31% in people with chronic tension headaches. Another study of different headaches found that one session lowered the number of days people spent with a headache. It also lowered the number of painkillers they had to buy. For headache treatments, the needles will often be inserted in the legs, arms, and shoulders. This has a high success rate, and is capable of limiting the pain of virtually any headache. The session lasts between five and 30 minutes, and may have to be performed weekly for an extended period of time. This remedy can also use different pressure points to alleviate various types of headaches.
4. Peppermint oil: Smooth the oil across your temples and watch a tension headache start to slip away. One double-blind study found that a 10% peppermint oil lotion rubbed three times in a half-hour over the temples was more effective than “Tylenol” in relieving headache pain. Another one found that peppermint oil was just as effective as over-the-counter painkillers. Peppermint oil has been used as a Traditional Chinese Cure for centuries.
5. Angelica 14 and Xanthium 12: Combine these two products, available at most health stores, to beat down a headache caused by phlegm. Angelica helps get your digestive tract in order, while other ingredients stifle inflammation. Congestion is cleared and circulation is restored to the head.
6. Po chai: This traditional Chinese cure can be particularly good for headaches caused by indigestion. It is made by combining several herbs, and the remedy was first introduced in 1896. One dose will likely be sufficient. If you are dizzy as well, it’s known to stop the room from spinning.
7. Xiao yao wan: This natural Chinese herbal remedy could treat a headache caused by indigestion, food allergies, or even depression. It helps build “Qi” in the organs of your digestive tract—the spleen, pancreas, and stomach. It also helps the flow of bile to the liver and gallbladder.
8. Lung tan xie gan wan: This is a natural remedy that is said to clean the “heat” from the blood of the liver. As such, it’s meant to battle liver-related headaches. It helps with a healthy flow of bile. Typically, you take about 12 pills a day, but follow the package directions. It’s good for headaches possibly accompanied by blisters in the mouth, constipation, or urinary tract infections.
9. Niu huang chieh tu pien: Skullcap, rhubarb and gypsum are its main ingredients making this formula a strong anti-inflammatory. It is one of the best natural Chinese remedies for clearing a phlegm-heat headache. This formula treats a headache by cooling down inflammation and encouraging toxins to leave the liver and large intestine.
To better health, cheers!