Headache Location Info

There are many reasons for headaches, this article looks at headaches according to the meridians and offers a couple of acupressure points which can help alleviate the pain.

Generally, a headache on the forehead is related to the Bright Yang channels: the Stomach and Large Intestine.

A headache on the temples is related to the Lesser Yang channels: the Gall Bladder and Triple Burner.

A headache on the occiput is related to the Greater Yang channels: the Urinary Bladder and Small Intestine.

A headache on the top of the head is related to the Terminal Yin channels: the Liver and Pericardium. The other Yin channels do not reach the head.

Meridians running through the head

A headache felt in the whole head can be due to Kidney-Essence deficiency or invasion of Wind.

If the headache is dull it may be due to deficient Kidney-Essence because Kidney-Essence nourishes the brain and when it is deficient, the brain lacks nourishment.

If the headache is acute, it could be due to an invasion of external Wind, either Wind-Cold or Wind-Heat. The Wind invades the meridians causing blockage which prevents the free flow of Qi and Blood. From a western medical perspective, the blood vessels could be slightly constricted resulting in a slower flow of blood to the brain.

In every case, the aim of treatment is to stimulate the flow of Qi and remove the contributing cause.

There are a few powerful pressure points which can be worked

The most commonly known point for headaches is LI 4. LI 4 eliminates pathogenic factors from the meridian but works mainly on the face.

Lu 7 regulates the ascending and descending of Qi to the head. It opens the Directing Vessel which runs up the spine and over the top of the head to the mouth. Combine with LI 4 for extra effect. It is also beneficial to release trapped emotions, particularly sadness.

P 6 connects the Pericardium and Triple Burner meridians so affects the Triple Burner as it flows to the shoulders, neck and head. It calms the Mind and harmonizes the Liver. It also aids digestion so can affect a Stomach headache on the forehead. Combined with TB 4, the two affect headaches on the temples and sides of the head and neck.

GB 21 is one of my favourite points because it’s the best point to break tension in the shoulders. The best way to work it is to have someone press down firmly whilst the recipient takes four deep breaths. On the last breath, the fingers are removed quickly.

The most important thing, however, is to use pressure and not strength. Pressure feels nurturing whereas strength is unpleasant.

This point is contra indicated in pregnancy because of it’s strong downward energy.

Liv 3 is a powerful point to stimulate the Liver’s function of a smooth flow of Qi. It nourishes Liver-Blood and Liver-Yin. This is important because a throbbing Liver-Yang headache is due to deficient Liver-Blood, Liver-Yin, or Kidney-Yin,

Published by shiatsugems

I have a passion for Chinese Medicine, nutrition, crystals, essential oils and most things holistic.

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