Headache Relief Treatment In Overland Park, KS - Eastern Healing Solutions

When someone tells you that they have a headache, it’s hard to imagine what they’re feeling. Do they mean that it hurts throughout their head or just over their left eye? Is their pain dull and achy, throbbing, burning, or sharp?

The Different Types of Headaches

The one true thing about headaches is that they come in all shapes and sizes. You may suffer from headaches every day or have an occasional whopper every couple of months. There are a number of different types of headaches, too. They include:

  • Headaches caused by congestion, swollen sinuses, or a full-blown sinus infection. The pain from a sinus headache is usually felt in the front of your head, forehead and cheeks.
  • Tension headaches, which are triggered by and the result of stressful situations, chronic stress, and emotional upsets. Frequently tension or stress headaches begin in your neck and shoulders, which are areas where it’s common to feel tightness when you’re under stress.
  • Cluster headaches that can be intensely painful, usually one-sided, and with the pain that occurs near your eye or nose. They’re called cluster headaches because it’s common for them to occur in a group of frequent attacks, or clusters. Beyond sharp pain, this kind of headache may cause your nose to run or your affected eye to water.
  • Rebound headaches are those that occur when you stop drinking coffee, caffeinated drinks, or certain medications. They tend to be dull and achy, and usually resolve after three or four days.
  • Migraines are considered to be the mother of all headaches, and are actually considered to be a neurological event, with headaches as one of the most notable symptoms. Migraines tend to move through stages, are usually one-sided, and can be extremely painful.

Treating Headaches with Acupuncture

In Chinese medicine, the categorizations between headaches are a little different than that of Western medicine. The symptoms associated with your headache give your practitioner a number of clues to the state of your overall health—not just your headache. Essentially, your headache has a personality that mirrors the condition of your entire body.

Your headache may be dull and achy or sharp and stabbing. In general, mild and dull pain is an indicator of being depleted; along with your headache you may be run down or fatigued. These headaches tend to be chronic in nature. In contrast, a headache that is fixed, sharp, and intense is associated with some kind of blockage or constriction. In the case of your headache, it may be constricted blood vessels, contracted muscles, or both. While this type of headache can be chronic, they’re more likely to be acute, occurring less often than mild and dull headaches.

Triggers, or what sets off your headaches, can be extremely helpful in diagnosing and treating them. Some triggers are obvious, such as high levels of stress or quitting coffee. However, there are other triggers that are more subtle. For example, food intolerances are a common trigger for headaches, but can be very hard to identify. Variations in blood sugar, hunger, or becoming dehydrated can also be culprits. The weather is also a common cause of headaches for many people. Changes in the weather, a drop in barometric pressure, very cold or hot weather, and damp or humid conditions all can spark a headache for some sufferers. It’s also important to realize that it may be a combination of factors that is setting off your headache, which ultimately makes it harder to pinpoint.

Symptoms that accompany your headache are also a clue to what’s going on in Chinese medicine. For example, some people who suffer from migraines feel hot in their upper body or head during an attack, but others may feel chilled. Other symptoms that may occur during your headache include nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, fatigue, and irritability. Knowing these symptoms are helpful to your practitioner in diagnosing and treating your headaches.

In Chinese medicine, illnesses and conditions are diagnosed according to patterns, or clusters of symptoms. This is true for headaches, as well. The nature of your headache symptoms, along with the condition of your overall health, determine the pattern—and the underlying cause—of your problem. In fact, your acupuncturist can’t begin to treat effectively until they’ve established the source of what’s making you ill.

If you choose to treat your headaches with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, your practitioner will develop a treatment strategy based on your unique combination of symptoms and overall pattern. They will likely combine a number of healing tools, starting with acupuncture. Your practitioner may also prescribe an herbal formula, which can be tailored to your specific needs. In addition, they may incorporate food therapy, lifestyle modifications, and stress relief strategies into your treatment plan. The bottom line is that while no two headaches are exactly alike, Chinese medicine can offer effective treatment for your unique symptoms.

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Chinese Medicine Pulse Reading In Overland Park, KS - Eastern Healing Solutions

When you think about a health practitioner feeling the pulse on your wrist, do you automatically assume they are checking your heart rate? Often this is the case with a Western doctor, but if you’re visiting a practitioner of Chinese medicine, they’re taking your pulse to get far more information beyond the rate at which your heart is beating. In Chinese medicine, the characteristics of your pulse tell your practitioner a great deal of information about your overall health, a possible diagnosis, and how best to treat you.

There are about 27 different pulse types or combinations that your acupuncturist may feel, making pulse reading a complicated skill to learn. It can take years of practice to do it well, but a good practitioner can gather a great deal of information from your pulse alone. Here’s a little information about Chinese pulse reading:

How It’s Done

Pulse reading is usually taken at the radial artery of your wrist, and both sides are felt, because they can differ in quality. Your practitioner will use three fingers, because she’s feeling for differences at three different positions; nearest your wrist crease, mid-position, and the rearmost position. Each position corresponds to a different organ system in your body.

Pulse Rate

Like your Western doctor, a Chinese medical practitioner also pays attention to the rate of your pulse. However, in Chinese medicine your pulse rate reveals more than just the state of your heart. A pulse rate that is about four or five beats to one breath, or about 60 beats per minute is considered to be normal. If your pulse is much faster than that, it indicates that there’s heat of some kind going on in your body. That heat may be inflammation, infection, or a fever. If your pulse is dramatically slower, it suggests that your body is cold, or that you’re depleted in some way. One exception is that athletes or people who do a great deal of physical labor, who tend to have a slow pulse.  In their case, a slow pulse occurs from a training effect and is considered to be normal.


How weak or strong your pulse feels is an indication of the quality of your overall energy. A strong, easily felt pulse suggests that your overall body constitution is also strong. However, if your pulse is weak and hard to find, it’s likely that you’re run down or depleted in some way. For example, a young man in his early twenties is usually at the peak of his health and vitality, and therefore should have a robust pulse. However, if his pulse was faint and difficult to feel, a practitioner would suspect that his health was compromised in some way.


When you get sick, the depth of your pulse can also offer up some clues as to what’s going on. If you have a cold or mild flu, your pulse will be felt on the surface, almost like it’s trying to push the illness out of your body. However, if you have a more serious illness or symptoms that are affecting your body systemically, your pulse will feel deeper, indicating that what’s upsetting your health is lodged deeper in your body. Therefore, a deeply felt pulse is common in people who have chronic conditions or illnesses.

The Quality of Your Pulse

Beyond, rate, strength, and depth, your pulse also has a quality or personality. It can feel soft, tight, rolling, thready, rough, or soggy to name a few. For example, a wiry and tight pulse is felt in people who are in a lot of pain, very stressed, or are emotionally upset. A pulse that feels soggy and soft, or one that you can feel coming and going may indicate that you’re not metabolizing fluids well and you’re retaining water. An irregular pulse with skipped beats can indicate heart issues, anxiety, or insomnia.

Other Considerations

Your pulse will change over time as your health changes. If you’ve been sick or run down, your deep and weak pulse will become stronger as your recover. As you age, your pulse tends to slow down, and men tend to have a stronger pulse in general than women. Medications can also affect your pulse. Steroids, blood pressure medications, amphetamines, thyroid medications, decongestants, and some antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can all affect the quality of your pulse. Older adults who are taking heart medications such as digoxin or digitalis can have an unusually strong and forceful pulse for someone of their age and state of health.

When you combine all the factors, including rate, depth, strength, and quality, there are literally an infinite number of possible pulses. It takes a deep understanding not only of pulse reading, but also of Chinese medicine to be able to translate the nuances of your pulse into what it means for your health. Those who do it well recognize that a good pulse diagnosis can offer up a clearer picture of your condition.

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