Can You See Clearly? Easy Home Remedy for Eye Strain

Easy Home Remedy for eye strain

I want to explain the easy home remedy for eye strain at this time.

Can you see clearly?

I use the computer to work more than 3 hours every day, and at the end of the day, my eyes become very tired and get red and dried.

Eye strain is one of the most common problems in people’s lifestyles nowadays because we use digital devices like smartphones, computers, tablets, etc.

It is called digital eye strains (DES).  More than 50% of people with blurry vision and dry eyes are computer users, especially hard workers like you.

When you get dried eyes, you can’t concentrate, can you?

You would feel terrible and irritable not only for your eyes but also for your job or even relationships.

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Did You Know 5 Acupressure Points for Vertigo?

Did you know 5 acupressure points for vertigo?

I want to introduce the best 5 acupressure points for vertigo.

Acupressure originated in ancient China based on the acupoints’ principle across the meridians, correcting the imbalance between Qi.

Activation of specific issues on the meridians is known to reduce pain at the local sites.

Do you have such troubles?
Vertigo or dizziness
High Blood pressure (more than 140/90)
Headache
Thirsty easily
Bitter taste in the mouth
Irritable easily

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What are 5 Acupressure Points for Chronic Fatigue?

What are 5 Acupressure Points for Chronic Fatigue?

I want to introduce the best 5 acupressure points for chronic fatigue that you can massage for about 30 seconds.

Acupressure originated in ancient China based on the acupoints’ principle across the meridians, correcting the imbalance between Qi.

Activation of specific points on the meridians is known to reduce pain at the local sites.

Do you have such troubles?
You are easy to get tired
You have a hard time getting up in the morning.
You can’t concentrate or have a foggy head.

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What are 5 Acupressure Points for Acid Reflux?

5 acupressure points for acid reflux

In this blog, I want to introduce the best 5 acupressure points for acid reflux that you massage point for about 30 seconds.

Acupressure originated in ancient China based on the acupoints’ principle across the meridians, correcting the imbalance between Qi.

Activation of specific points on the meridians is known to reduce pain at the local sites.

Do you have such troubles?
When lying down, you feel something in your throat.
You feel pain in your throat when you eat acidic food like Hamburgers or hot dogs.
You frequently burp even though you didn’t eat or drink anything.

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5 Natural Ways To Ease Period Cramps

5 natural ways to ease period cramps

I want to discuss how to ease period cramps naturally at this blog. It is for those who suffer from period cramps every month but don’t want to take medications. I hope it helps those who suffer from it in natural ways to ease period cramps.

What are period cramps?

natural ways to ease period cramps

Several western diagnoses of period cramps are endometriosis, PMS, fibroid, ovarian cyst, pelvic inflammation disease (PID), and adenomyosis.

Please take a look at it and don’t self-diagnosis it.

Make sure you go to the Gynecologic doctor to ensure you don’t have such diseases. So, if you have severe menstrual pain, please see a gynecologist.

What are the causes of Period cramps?

The causes of period cramps

Inside the uterus, a “bed” is created called the “endometrium” to raise the baby.

If you are not pregnant, it will be peeled off and taken out of the body with blood.

This “bed-making” and “cleaning” are repeated in a cycle of about 28 days.

The time of “cleaning” is menstruation, and the pain felt at that time, such as the lower abdomen and lower back, is called “period cramps.”

The following are possible causes of menstrual cramps.

  1. High Prastagrandins Secretion
  2. Narrow uterus entrance
  3. Cold sensitivity of the body
  4. Stress

1. High Prostagrandins Secretion

During menstruation, you secret prostaglandins, which contract the uterus and push the peeled endometrium out of the body as “menstrual blood” along with blood.

Excessive secretion causes excessive contraction of the uterus, causing period cramps in the lower abdomen and lower back.

In addition, this type of prostaglandin increases pain, which can cause headaches and back pain.

2. Narrow Uterus Entrance

narrow uterus entrance

It is a common cause for young women and women who have never given birth.

Because the uterus entrance is narrow, it is difficult for menstrual blood to flow smoothly, making you feel pain.

When you experience childbirth, the uterus exit widens, which may reduce period cramps.

3. Cold sensitivity of the body

cold sensitivity of the body

When the body is cold, blood circulation occurs, and prostaglandins stay in the pelvis, causing more pain.

When menstruation begins, the body temperature drops anyway.

On top of that, the blood vessels contract due to prostaglandins, resulting in poor blood circulation, and the body is cold.

4. Stress

stress

Stress upsets the balance of hormones and the autonomic nerves, causing poor blood circulation.

It also reduces the ability to regulate body temperature, making it easier for people to be cold and causing menstrual pain.

What can you do in natural ways to ease period cramps?

  1. Hot bath with essential oil
  2. Exercise
  3. Food
  4. Acupuncture points
  5. Chinese Herbs

1. Hot bath with essential oil

Taking a bath with epsom salt

Heat increases the blood flow and helps to reduce pain or inflammation.

  1. Prepare 100 degrees of hot water in the bathtub.
  2. Put some Epsom salt in it. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and promotes even more blood circulation.
  3. Put 2-3 drops of essential oil like lavender or geranium.
  4. Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes until you sweat. It promotes sweating and reduces pain.

2. Exercise

To raise your body temperature, you have to increase muscle mass.

We recommend Squats that train large muscles such as the thighs and buttocks at home.

In addition, it is essential to take breathing while doing exercise.

3. Food

There is food that makes your body warm and cold.

Please refrain from food that makes you cold, and eat more food that makes you warm.

Foods that warm you: Root vegetables such as

  • ginger,
  • green onions,
  • garlic, and
  • burdock
  • black foods like sesame
  • black beans
  • azuki beans, etc

Foods that cool you down:

  • Vegetables from hot areas such as
  • tomatoes and
  • cucumbers.
  • Sugar
  • artificial sweeteners,
  • butter,
  • margarine,
  • snacks,
  • chocolate, etc

4. Acupuncture

There are acupuncture points to increase the body temperature and help for period cramps. Let’s press and hold 30 seconds each every day to promote more circulation.

Location: Located 3-4 fingers above the malleolus of the inner ankle.

Efficacy: It works well for women, such as poor circulation, irregular menstruation, and period cramps.

SP6

SP6 is the natural ways to ease period cramps

5. Chinese Herbs

In Traditional Chinese Medicine perspectives, period cramps are considered blood stasis & cold in the uterus.

There are natural Chinese herbs to warm the uterus and regulates blood stasis.

Tao Hong Si Wu Tang

This formula nourishes and moves blood. It is especially effective in treating menstrual blood stasis.

It opens the meridians to eliminate blood stasis and promotes the complete discharge of the endometrial lining.

Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan

This formula is for blood stasis in the lower abdomen, fixed abdominal masses with period cramps, tenderness, and tension.

Cinnamon and Poria combination warm the uterus and regulates blood circulation to reduce period cramps.

Where can you get the Chinese herbs?

YourKampo.com is the new Online Chinese prescription service.

First, you answer 3 minutes long questionnaire about your chief complaints and general questions like your digestions and sleep disorders, etc.

Then, our specialist diagnoses your condition and chooses the best Chinese herbs out of 100 herbs.

Here is the link that you can go and get your best Chinese herbs for the period cramps.

Conclusion

In conclusion, period cramps can be caused by High Prastagrandins Secretion, Narrow uterus entrance, Cold sensitivity in the body, and Stress.

Firstly, please understand the mechanism of period cramps due to these causes.

Secondly, please try these five natural ways to ease period cramps to see if your symptom goes away.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from these annoying symptoms.

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6 Body Types of Infertility and Its TCM Treatment

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About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.

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Did You Know How To Improve Left Side Neck Stiffness And Pain?

Left side neck stiffness and pain

I want to discuss the left side neck stiffness and pain at this time. I hope those who suffer from neck pain can be beneficial to read it.

The digestive system is the key to left-side neck stiffness and pain!

left side neck stiffness and pain

Bad posture, herniated disk, spinal stenosis, injury, and muscle tension from stress also can be causes of neck pain.

But, these factors are not the only ways you get stiffness and pain in your neck.

What is the Autonomic Nervous System?

The autonomic nervous system is associated with two different nerves: the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves.

When you are stressed out, the sympathetic nerves are dominant.  When you are relaxed, the parasympathetic nerves are dominant.

One of the vagus nerve’s relaxed nerves is attached to internal organs like the stomach, heart, lung, and neck.

When you stimulate too much of the vagus nerve, you will get stomach upset, raise the heartbeats, sometimes have difficulty swallowing, and lead to neck stiffness.

It is the mechanism of the digestive system and neck.

Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective about the neck stiffness and pain

From a traditional Chinese medicine standpoint, the digestive system and neck are highly related to each other.

The right side of the neck is associated with the Liver organ related to stress, called Liver Qi Stagnation.

The other possible symptoms of Liver disorders are irritability, anxiety, rib pain, menstrual disorders like cramping, irregular periods, etc.

On the other hand, the left side of the neck is Spleen and Stomach, which are the digestion systems because the stomach meridian originates from the eyes and goes through the head and the digestive systems.

So when you have bloating or gas or even constipation or diarrhea, it affects your neck, especially on the left side, and tightness of the neck.

The other symptoms of Spleen and stomach disorders are bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea like any digestive symptoms.

Right Neck – Liver side
Left Neck – Spleen / Stomach side
left side Neck Stiffness and Pain

What can you do for left-side neck stiffness and pain?

1. Apply a heat pack to your neck

heat pack for neck stiffness and pain

Heat makes the blood flow and releases the tension on your neck. In addition, you can also put it to your stomach.

Once the stomach relaxes, your neck tension also releases.

2. Watch out for your diet.

Any food that gives you bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea is unsuitable for your digestion.

Would you please eat balanced nutrition, including carbohydrates, vegetables, and protein with vitamins and minerals? Refrain from the spicy, greasy food. Avoid dairy products if it makes you bloated or gas.

3. Go to an acupuncturist near you.

Acupuncture can release muscle tension and help your digestion.

It is one of the oriental medicine treatments that has 4000 years of history in China. We use fine needles to release inflammation and reduce pain.

WHO recommends having acupuncture for Neck tension and digestive problems.

4. Take natural Chinese herbs.

Several Chinese herbs help pain and the digestive system. For example,

Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang

Indications are Neck stiffness, Muscular tension, gastrointestinal disorders.

This formula helps to release the stress of the neck and soothe the digestive system. The primary ingredients, Bupleurum and Cinnamon combination, regulate energy and blood circulation in the upper body, especially the neck.

Where can you get the Chinese herbs?

YourKampo.com is the new Online Chinese prescription service.

First, you answer 3 minutes long questionnaire about your chief complaints and general questions like your digestions, sleep disorders, etc.

Then, our specialist diagnoses your condition and chooses the best Chinese herbs out of 1000 herbs.

Here is the link to get your best Chinese herbs for left-side neck stiffness and pain.

Conclusion

In conclusion, left side stiffness and pain can be caused by digestive problems.

Firstly, please understand the mechanism of neck pain due to autonomic nervous systems and digestive problems.

Secondly, please try these four tips to see if your symptom goes away.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from these annoying symptoms.

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Do Strong Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems?

Do Strong Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems?

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About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.

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4 Tips for Heel Pain after Waking Up

4 tips for Heel Pain after waking up

This time, I want to discuss why you suffer from heel pain after waking up in the morning, especially the first few steps. Then, I like to give you how to solve it.

What is Heel Pain after waking up?

Heel Pain after waking up

First of all, I want to talk about the different kinds of heel pain you might have.

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Spur
  • Neuropathy
  • Achilles tendinitis
    etc

Among them, this time, I would like to explain Plantar fasciitis.

First of all, plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the foot sole, plantar aponeurosis, which supports the arch structure of the foot, becomes inflamed and repeats small tears. One of the most common signs and symptoms is heel pain after waking up especially the first few steps.

But why it happens?

  • Calf tightness
  • Bunions (Hallux Valgus)
  • Flat feet

Calf tightness

heel pain after waking up due to Calf Tightness

In the human body, the calf muscle and the muscle on the sole are connected. Once you have tight muscles on the calf, your muscle fascia on the sole will get pull up and causes inflammation or pain.

Bunions

Bunions cause heel pain after waking up

Secondly, the bunion is the deformation of the big toe. Your big toe gets turn inwards and gives you pressure on the sole. A bunion, in particular, is caused by the collapse of the foot arch structure, similar to plantar fasciitis. If the big toe cannot hold the lateral angle, the longitudinal arch will gradually decline, and plantar fasciitis may occur.

Flat Feet

heel pain after waking up due to flat feet

Lastly, flat feet can also cause pain on the sole. The medial longitudinal arch movement is essential for shock absorption, and if it does not work well, there is insufficient energy to push the foot. As a result, it causes pain in the bottom of the foot.

Other Factors that induce plantar fasciitis include

  • Overuse due to sports
  • Long walks and standing work
  • Improper use of shoes
  • Training on hard roads
  • Lack of muscle strength
  • The flexibility of the feet

What Can You Do with heel pain after waking up?

Foot Bath with Epsom Salt

foot bath for heel pain

Heat makes the blood circulation and increases the healing process. Epsom Salt is the magnesium sulfate that promotes muscle relaxation and increases blood flow to help reduce pain.

  1. Prepare 100 degrees of hot water in the bucket.
  2. Put a handful of Epsom salt in it.
  3. Soak your feet in the tub for 20-30 minutes.  It promotes sweating and reduces pain.
  4. Do it every night before going to bed

Foot Paches

foot patch for heel pain after waking up

There are foot patches that can put on the feel during the night to detox from the foot.
Ingredients: bamboo vinegar, chitosan, dextrin, Houttuynia cordata, loquat leaf, tourmaline, vegetable fiber, Vitamin C, and wood vinegar.

How do the foot pads work?

For hundreds of years, Chinese medicine understood toxins traveled downwards in the body, storing in the bottom of the foot. It is also understood that toxin accumulation leads to many diseases. For example, painful rheumatism and arthritis because toxic acidic fluids are gathering around the joints.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the treatment methods of oriental medicine to adjust the balance of the body and recover the function by observing the body’s changes while observing the condition by touching and applying acupuncture needles and moxibustion.

Huatou Jia Ji L5

HJJL5 for Heel Pain

This point is a great point to release the pain on the heel. It is located to the Lumber 5, and once you stimulate it, it releases below the lower back. Anatomically, when you look at the dermatome, L5 is connected to the bottom of the foot. Therefore, it is essential to stimulate it.

Chinese Herbs for Heel Pain

Chinese herbs

Several Chinese herbs can help to reduce inflammation and improve pain.
For example,

Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan


Indication

  • Joint muscle pain
  • Release inflammation

Corydalis is the primary ingredient, and this herb uses as a pain reliever. It increases blood flow and reduces pain.

Du Huo Luo Dan


Indication

  • Joint & Muscle pain

This formula unblocks the channels. It is composed of aromatic herbs such as Vladimir souliei, frankincense, cloves, and borneol to promote the circulation of Qi and blood.

Where can you get the Chinese herbs?

YourKampo.com is the new Online Chinese prescription service.

First, you answer 3 minutes long questionnaire about your chief complaints and general questions like your digestions and sleep disorders, etc.

Then, our specialist diagnoses your condition and chooses the best Chinese herbs out of 100 herbs.

Here is the link that you can go and get your best Chinese herbs for heel pain after waking up.

Conclusion

In conclusion, heel pain can be caused by calf tightness, bunions, and flat feet.

Firstly, please understand the mechanism of it.

Secondly, please try these four tips for heel pain after waking up to see if your symptom goes away.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from these annoying symptoms.

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4 super easy tips to solve frequent lower back Pain

4 Super Easy Tips To Solve Frequent Lower Back Pain

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Did You Know How To Stop Being Irritated?

Do You Know How To Stop Being Irritated?

How to stop being irritated

How to stop being irritated
How to treat being irritated

Do you have such symptoms?

  • Suddenly, you are getting irritated by something you didn’t care about before
  • You are irritated when things don’t go as expected 
  • You are frustrated with a bit thing

If you have one of these signs, please read this blog because I want to discuss how to stop being irritated.

The Causes of Irritability

The cause of irritability is from the lack of the happy hormone, which is called Serotonin.

Serotonin is a hormone that manages your mood, and your body secrets it when you are so pleasant.

It calms your mind, and sometimes we call it a “happy hormone.” 

This happy hormone controls a stress hormone, which is called Noradrenaline.

But, there is a particular time your happy hormone decreased, such as lack of sleep, before and during menopause.

Thus, you will need the hormone to manage the stress.   

When does your happy hormone decrease?

Lack of sleep

Lack of Sleep triggers being irritation
Lack of Sleep triggers being irritation

Your Serotonin secretes and stores during the daytime. It will be the switch to Melatonin at night.

But, if you lack sleep, you can’t manage and use these hormones, and you can’t sleep even more.

Thus, it makes the negative cycles, and eventually, you will get irritated.  

PMS

PMS is one of the major reasons to be irritated
PMS is one of the significant reasons to be irritated

Before the period, your female hormone (Estrogen) level decreases.

When a reduction in the female hormone engaged in the production of Serotonin can lead to a deficiency of Serotonin.

It can lead to uncontrolled emotions and irritability.

That is why you get irritated for no reason during the PMS.  

Menopause

For women around 50’s, they turn to the stage of menopause.

At this time, your estrogen level decreases significantly, leading to a deficiency of serotonin production.

So that is another factor that you are irritated, anxious, depressed, etc.  

How to stop being irritated by a lack of Serotonin? 

Diet

Eating helps producing happy hormone
Eating helps to produce happy hormone

We produce Serotonin in the brain, but it requires the essential amino acid called Tryptophan as its material.

Tryptophan is turned to as Serotonin in the brain during the day and Melatonin, promoting sleep at night.

Therefore, a lack of tryptophan can cause insomnia and poor sleep quality.

However, the human body cannot make it by itself.

Hence, we have to get it from the diet.

What kind of food contains Tryptophan?

Tryptophan-rich food like Tofu help stop being irritated
Tryptophan-rich food like Tofu help stop being irritated

 Tryptophan-rich food is mainly 

  • Soybean products such as tofu, natto, miso, and soy sauce 
  • Dairy products such as cheese and yogurt 
  • Grains such as rice 
  • Sesame, peanuts, eggs, and bananas

Other Remedies for irritability

There are other things you can do to increase Serotonin and calm your stress to reduce irritability. 

Yoga

Yoga helps improving PMS symptoms, including irritability
Yoga helps improving PMS symptoms, including irritability

Doing yoga help improve PMS symptoms, such as balancing hormones and using aromas to calm the mind.

It would be even more uplifting if you get advice from a professional yoga instructor.

Take a bath with Essential Oil.

Taka a bath with Essential Oil is a good idea for your mood
Take a bath with Essential Oil is a good idea for your mood

Soaking your body in the tub instead of taking a shower is one of the best ways to improve your mood.

Why don’t you take a bath in about 100 °F of the water? It’s a good idea to add essential oil such as lavender or camomile to it to relax your body.  

The parasympathetic nerves work to widen blood vessels and improve blood circulation.

Let’s relax and warm from the core of your body.

Walking

Going for a walk helps changing your mood
Going for a walk helps to change your mood.

Going out and walking is a good chance of mood with a moderate visual stimulus.

If you like shopping, it’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and walk around or take a walk with your dog.

Chinese Medicine Perspective

Traditional Chinese Medicine for stop being irritated
Traditional Chinese Medicine for stop being irritated

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we treat irritability with a different approach.

When you get irritated, we call that your Liver energy (Qi) doesn’t go through and stagnate like a balloon.

You can see this condition more in women because they have menstruation, lifestyle, characters, etc.

And, emotional depression due to mental stress is a cause of many other illnesses. 

According to Chinese medicine theory, stasis of qi causes blood stasis (stasis), resulting in systemic dysfunction like chest tightness and pain.

In addition, liver energy quickly affects on stomach (digestive system); it affects the digestive system, causing burping, acid reflux, low appetite, etc. 

Liver Qi Stagnation

  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Emotional instability
  • Headaches
  • Breast Distension
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular menstruation

How to stop being irritated by Chinese medicine

Acupuncture Points

Lv3

LV3 helps soothing Liver Qi Stagnation for stop being irritated
LV3 helps soothing Liver Qi Stagnation

Location: In front of the first and second toes. This point is where the big toe and 2nd toe bones meet.

Efficacy: This acupuncture point improves soothing stress. In addition, because it belongs to the flow of energy called the liver meridian, which is closely related to the parts of the body, such as the liver, muscles, eyes, physical fatigue, and eyes. 

LI4 

LI4 helps stop being irritated
LI4 helps stop being irritated

Location: With the back of the hand facing up, LI4’s site is between thumb and index finger bones in the depression.

Efficacy: This acupuncture point improves energy flow and releases tensions. Because this point manages your nervous systems, so it helps reducing stress and irritability.  

Chinese Herbs for stop being irritated

Chinese Herbs for stop being irritated
Chinese Herbs for stop being irritated

Xiao Yao San

The formula is a basic classical formula to regulate and harmonize the energy of the liver and spleen.

It is an excellent formula for menstrual and premenstrual disorders such as irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression, emotional instability, hot flashes, irregular menstruation, etc.  

Jia Wei Xiao Yao San

This formula is a modification of Xiao Yao Wan, and it is for easing liver Qi stagnation and promote the flow of energy.

It is also helpful for liver Qi stagnation with heat signs like hot flashes, anger, and constipation.   

Conclusion

In conclusion, being irritated can be caused by a lack of happy hormones from a western perspective and Liver energy imbalance from an eastern perspective.

Firstly, please understand the causes of being irritated.

Secondly, please try these remedies at home to see if your frustration goes away.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from these annoying symptoms.

Recommended article to read together

Please feel welcome to comment if you have any questions about this post.

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About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.

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Did You Know How To Treat Premenstrual Syndrome Headache?

Do you know How to treat Premenstrual Syndrome Headache?

How to Treat Premenstrual Syndrome Headache (PMS)

A woman suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome headache
A lot of women suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome Headache (PMS)

Many women suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome Headache (PMS)

According to statista.com, about 31 million in the United States reported PMS in 2020.

We want to discuss how to treat Headache from Premenstrual Syndrome in this blog.

Why? It’s because women’s hormones go up and down

When you have PMS, you might get one or more symptoms, mental and physical. 

  • Headache
  • Emotional instability 
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety  
  • Drowsiness
  • Poor concentration
  • Sleep disorders 
  • Dizziness,
  • Loss of appetite
  • Overeating 
  • Lower abdominal pain 
  • Lower back pain 
  • Breast tenderness
  • Abdominal bloating

What is the cause of Premenstrual Syndrome Headache?

Estrogen and progesterone cause Premenstrual Syndrome headache
Premenstrual Syndrome Headache is caused by estrogen and progesterone

There are two women’s hormones, “Estrogen” and “Progesterone,” and the amount of these hormones secreted up or down in about one month, causing menstruation. Even though we don’t know the cause of PMS, fluctuating these women’s hormones seem like they highly affect the PMS symptoms.  

Firstly, women secrete more estrogen and progesterone during ovulation to menstruation (luteal phase). 

And, before the period, headaches can be happened by a rapid downward in estrogen and progesterone in the latter half of the luteal phase.

Thus, when women’s hormone secretion decreases rapidly, you lose your balance of happy hormones. They are called serotonin and calcitonin gene-related peptides (CGRP) in the brain. When you have reduced these hormones, it causes inflammation of the nerves. Dilation of blood vessels happens and leads to headaches. 

How to treat Premenstrual Syndrome Headache?

Diet

Fish and vegetables help for Premenstrual Syndrome headache
Salmon and vegetables contains great amount of vitamin B6

When blood sugar levels drop, the appetite may increase, and frustrating symptoms may worsen if the blood sugar level rises and falls rapidly, causing PMS symptoms.

  1. Avoid eating sugar
  2. Avoid drinking caffeine beverages (coffee, green tea, energy drinks)
  3. Eat more food from the glycemic index chart.
  4. Eat more Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium-rich food like nuts, seaweeds, fish, etc.
  5. Eat more food like tofu, soy milk. These are isoflavones-rich food, which acts like women hormones, also known as estrogens.
  6. Eat more vitamin E-rich food like broccoli, almonds, etc.

What is the glycemic index chart?

Jenkins and colleagues two first developed the glycemic index (GI)) and the Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrates in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) you can digest and absorb more slowly. And it involves a lower and slower rise in blood glucose. Therefore, usually, insulin levels, according to the Glycemic index of foods and the American diabetes association.  

Exercise

During PMS, you tend to feel depressed or anxious and don’t want to exercise. However, light exercise can be an unexpected change of mood, promote metabolism, and reduce PMS. For those of you who aren’t very energetic, here are some easy exercises you can do.

  1. Stretching
  2. Yoga
  3. Walking

Stretching

Stretching release stiffness and pressure on your head and Premenstrual Syndrome headache
Stretching releases stiffness and stress

If you are frustrated or depressed, you will often get some pressure on your body. It will further exacerbate PMS symptoms such as shoulder stiffness and back pain, leading to a vicious cycle. Let’s loosen the body slowly so that we can release from the bad loop.

Yoga

Yoga helps improve PMS and Premenstrual Syndrome headache
Yoga helps improve PMS

Some yoga courses help improve PMS symptoms, such as balancing hormones and using aromas to calm the mind. It would be even more uplifting if you get advice from a professional yoga instructor.

Walking

Walking is a good for Premenstrual Syndrome headache
Walking is a good idea to balance hormones

Going out and walking is a good chance of mood with a moderate visual stimulus. If you like shopping, it’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and walk around or take a walk with your dog.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

Premenstrual Syndrome Headache from a Chinese medicine perspective

In Traditional Chinese medicine, there are blood abnormalities (blood stasis and blood deficiency) due to changes in blood circulation in the endometrium and pelvis.

In addition, water retention (water poisoning) in the body changes the number of hormones from about two weeks before menstruation. Also, Qi (energy) and Blood stagnation in the meridians cause distention and pain.

The Liver organ is affected and emotionally dominated like irritability and depression or anxiety. And, stress often damages the digestion system.

Thus, you need to soothe Liver stagnation and eliminate Qi and Blood stagnation from your meridian.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is good for Premenstrual Syndrome headache
Acupuncture releases headaches

Acupuncture helps regulate Qi and Blood in the meridians to release pain like headaches, menstrual cramping, breast distension. And it is soothing the liver energy to relax the emotional and physical stresses like being irritated, anxious, etc.

I would suggest going to an acupuncturist near you and get a more thorough consultation. 

Chinese Herbs for Premenstrual Syndrome Headache

There are several Chinese herbs to help Premenstrual Syndrome headache
Chinese herbs for Premenstrual Syndrome headache

Xiao Yao Wan

This formula is an excellent formula for premenstrual disorders, including Headaches. It nourishes blood and yin, spreads Liver Qi, and harmonizes liver and spleen energies.

Tao Hong Si Wu Tang

It is the modification of the classic formula for nourishing and moving blood. It opens the collaterals to eliminate blood stasis and facilitates the complete discharge of the uterus lining so that the new endometrial lining can grow on a smooth, clean base. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the fluctuation of women’s hormones such as estrogen and progesterone can lead to headaches from premenstrual syndrome.

Firstly, please understand the causes of PMS headaches.

Secondly, please try these remedies at home to see if your headaches go away.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from these annoying symptoms.

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About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.

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Do Strong Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems?

Do Strong Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems?

Do Strong Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems?

Can Digestive Problems cause Headaches?
Can Digestive Problems cause Headaches?

Do you believe that Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems?

  • Do you have headaches every day? 
  • How about constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or gas?  

You might think these symptoms are not related to each other, yet they are.  

This article is for those suffering from headaches every day and who might have the cause of digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea. 

Headaches can be coming from the autonomic nervous system imbalance

Headaches can be coming from the autonomic nervous system imbalance
Headaches can be coming from the autonomic nervous system imbalance

In our human body, there are 206 bones, 600 muscles, 900 ligaments, 4,000 tendons. 

And, approximately over 7 trillion nerves are connected.  

One of the nervous systems is called the autonomic nervous system.  

What is the autonomic nervous system? 

The Autonomic Nervous system can be divided into the Sympathetic nervous system, also known as fight or flight response.

The parasympathetic nervous system is also known as the rest and digest response.  

It is involuntary control of the body tissues, so you can’t control it. 

It arises from the central nervous system, which is our brain and spinal cord.  

What are the functions of the autonomic nervous system? 

First of all, sympathetic nerves and parasympathetic nerves arise from the spinal cord segments.  

The sympathetic nervous system prepares for activity.  

  • Provide more glucose
  • Increases the heart rate
  • Dilates the pupils
  • Prevents activities for digestive systems

On the other hand, the parasympathetic nervous system conserves body energy.

  • Increase gut motility
  • Stimulate digestion
  • Slow down the heart rate

A lot of parasympathetic nerves arise from the brainstem and the spine.  

The Vagus Nerve is one of the major parasympathetic nerves.  

Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems due to vagus nerve
The Vagus Nerve is one of the major parasympathetic nerves.  

It ritually targets most organs and tissues and carries information like pain, temperature from the throat, inner and outer ear, and near the back of the head.  

It also receives information from the internal organ in the neck, chest, and abdomen.

And, it controls muscles in the throat that function for speaking and swallowing.  

  • Tightening the airways
  • Slowing down the heart rate
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Dilate intestinal blood flow

Thus, vagus nerves are easily affected by digestion or stress.  

For example, when you are stressed out, anxious, or depressed, your vagus nerves get irritated, causing digestive problems such as stomach upset, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or gas. 

How Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems? 

As I said, the vagus nerve carries 75% of parasympathetic nervous function. 

It travels from our brainstem to the intestines, including other organs and glands.  

The Vagus nerve runs right behind the Sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) and right in front of the scalenes muscles in the neck.  

In addition, the spinal accessory nerve also goes to the SCM and upper trap muscles.  Once it is irritated, it can cause muscle tightness.

Neck muscle tightness which is irritated by vagus nerves, causes headaches because a pinched nerve occurs when a nerve is irritated or compressed by the tightness of the neck.   

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Headaches
Traditional Chinese Medicine for Headaches

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, the digestive system and headaches are highly related because the stomach meridian starts from the eyes and goes through the head and the digestive systems.

the stomach meridian starts from the eyes and goes through the head and the digestive systems

Pain is called stagnation of Qi (energy) and blood in the meridian and the channel. 

When you have bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea, it affects the meridian that goes to your neck and head. 

Blockage of the meridian also radiates to the head causing tension headaches.

The left side of the neck stiffness mostly indicates the digestion system because the spleen and stomach are located on the left side. 

The pain on the left side of the neck is a sign that your digestion system is unbalanced or not working well. 

That is why in TCM, we check your neck if you have bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea together. 

How to treat Headaches from Stomach Problems?

Now, I would recommend you do these five things at home to get rid of the headaches.

  1. Acupuncture point
  2. Meditation
  3. Heat Pack
  4. Diet
  5. Chinese herbs

Acupuncture point for Headaches

PC6 is the acupuncture point for balancing the nervous systems
PC6 is the acupuncture point for balancing the nervous systems

PC6

Firstly, there is an acupuncture point called PC6.  This point works to regulate autonomic nervous systems and helps the digestive systems at the same time.

It is located 2 inches away from the palmer side of the wrist and finds the most tender spot. 

Let’s press on the area for 20 seconds 3 times every day.  

Meditation

Meditation helps soothing Stress
Meditation helps soothing Stress

Secondly, The Autonomic Nervous system controls heart rate, blood pressure, and the mental response to stress.

Meditation helps our mind rest and reduces the feeling of anxiety.

Why don’t you meditate 20 minutes before going to bed?

Visit Calm.com, meditation.com to guide you on how to meditate.

Heat Pack on the neck for Headaches

Heat improves blood flow to unblock the meridians for pain
Heat improves blood flow to unblock the meridians for pain

Thirdly, to get rid of headaches naturally, I recommend you put a heat pack on your neck.

Heat regulates circulation and releases the tension of the muscles.

And, there is a microwavable heat pack that covers the base area of the head and shoulder muscle.

You can put it on the microwave, heat it, and put it on your neck and shoulder for 20 minutes each time.

Do it 3 – 4 times a day if you want.

Change your diet

Healthy diet is a key to have a good digestion
Healthy diet is a key to have a good digestion

Fourthly, eating well is one of the best remedies to become healthy.

Eating greasy, fried food and drinking dairy milk makes your stomach upset more. 

They are not accessible on your stomach.  

  • Eat more vegetables
  • Avoid eating spicy food
  • Avoid eating greasy fried food
  • Avoid drinking dairy products like cow milk
  • Eat more fermented food like tofu, miso, etc

Please make sure if you have bowel movements every day and stool suppose to be not too soft and hard. 

Bloating and gassy stomach is another sign of indigestion.  

Thus, make sure to be aware of your body’s signs.  

Chinese Herb for Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems

Taking natural Chinese herbal medicine supports reducing pain in the head and digestive problems
Taking natural Chinese herbal medicine supports reducing pain in the head and digestive problems

Finally, taking natural Chinese herbal medicine supports reducing pain in the head and digestive problems at the same time.

Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang

This formula treats digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea with muscle tension, especially neck, shoulder, and upper back, accompanied by headaches.  

It mainly contains Bupleurum root, Pueraria root, and cinnamon twig.  

  • Bupleurum root is a Chinese plant root and is famous for headaches and muscle tension.  
  • Pueraria root is also known as kudzu that releases muscle tightness and headaches.  
  • Cinnamon twig warms the channels and meridians for pain. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the vagus nerves and neck tension can cause bothersome headaches accompanied by digestive problems.

  • Autonomic Nervous Systems (Vagus nerves)
  • Neck tension

Firstly, understand the mechanism of the autonomic nervous systems.

Secondly, please try these remedies at home to see if your headaches go away.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from headaches from digestive problems.

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Sayonara till next post.

About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.

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Did You Know What’s The Chinese Medicine For Headache?

Chinese Medicine for Headache

Did You Know What’s The Chinese Medicine For Headache?

Headaches are one of the most annoying disorders of all time for American people. 

In America, 45 million Americans are suffering from headaches each year.

One in every six people of the population has had headaches in the United States.  

Here, I would like to talk about the mechanisms of headaches and kinds of headaches and how to treat Chinese medicine remedies such as by using acupuncture points and Chinese medicines like kudzu tea.  

Western Perspective of Headaches

You need to identify several different headaches, such as sinus headaches, cluster headaches, tension headaches, and migraines.

  • Sinus headaches – headaches in the behind the eyebrow and cheekbone.
  • Cluster headaches – located in and around one eye.
  • Tension headaches – one of the most common headaches, which is like a band squeezing the head.
  • Migraine – usually in one side of the head and may cause nausea and visual changes.

Chinese medicine perspective of Headache

On the other hand, in TCM, we differentiate headaches into different types

location

  • Yang Ming Headache – pain in the frontal head and forehead
  • Shao Yang Headache – temporal head
  • Jue Yin Headache – top of the head
  • Tai Yang Headache – pain from the base of the neck to the back of the head
  • Tai Yin Headache – pain that wraps around the head
  • Shao Yin Headache – pain like pushing the brain up with a spear from below
Location of the headache from Chinese Medicine perspective
Location of the headache from TCM perspective

Headache Types in Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are different causes of headaches, such as external pathogens like wind-cold or wind-heat, or stress, or digestive problems. 

These causes stiffen the muscle around the head and neck cause headaches.  

Acute Headaches

  • External pathogens like cold, dampness, heat, and wind attack your body because of low immune systems.

Chronic Headaches

  • Qi deficiency headache – a headache because you have low Qi (Energy).  This headache is associated with fatigue, low appetite, and pale faces.  
  • Blood deficiency headache – this headache happens because you have a lack of blood in your system.  This type of headache gives you sharp pain in the head and pale skin.  
  • Phlegm-dampness headache – this type of headache is associated with heartburn and nausea or vomiting.  
  • Liver fire headache – When you are raged or angry, your headache is triggered.  
  • Food stagnation headache – Headache after eating. It is associated with burping and yawning.  

What can We do with Chinese Medicine for Headache?

In Traditional Chinese medicine, there are two main treatments, such as Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy.

Acupuncture & moxibustion

Acupuncture & moxibustion is a therapy that helps the patient to flow Qi and energy smoothly and removes the pathogens that cause the disease.

The human body has multiple pathways called meridians that run through Qi and blood. In a healthy body, Qi and blood flow continuously.

But, When the paths are obstructed or stagnated, a person gets sick.

Liver and Gall Bladder meridians connect to head and other organs in Chinese Medicine
Liver and Gall Bladder meridians connect to head and other organs

Chinese Medicine for Headache (Herbs)

Chinese herbal medicine (Kampo) combines multiple herbal medications such as plants and minerals in nature in principle.

It has been confirmed that herbal medicines are combined to obtain what kind of effect and whether they are harmful to bodies, and it has been systematized as a Kampo prescription.

Herbal medicine is the process of plant leaves, flowers, buds, stems, branches, roots, fungi, minerals, insects, and other substances that have been considered adequate over a long time into easy-to-use convenient storage and transportation.

Chinese herbal medicine is a remedy that is used by mixing them. The characteristic of Chinese herbal medicine is the combined effect of Chinese herbs.

4 tips from Chinese Medicine for Headache

Heat Pack on the Neck

1. Releasing the neck muscle is one of the essential things that you need to make sure of because the neck muscle and the headaches are highly related.

From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, stress, poor digestion, and side effects can stiffen the neck muscle and headaches.

It is because the meridians and channels go through from the internal organs and neck to the head.

So, if you have poor digestion, for example, you will get (Qi) energy stagnation in the meridians and eventually cause headaches.

Press on the acupuncture points

2. Stimulate Acupuncture points – Acupuncture points work when you stimulate the points. 

Each point has different functions for headaches.  

  1. San Jiao 3 – press the tender spot 2 inches above the dorsal side of the wrist.  This point is excellent for releasing the SCM muscle and temporal headaches (Tai Yang headaches)  
  2. Liver 3 – press the tender spot in between Big toe and 2nd toe.  You can press and find the most tender place.  This point is good for the back of the head (Tai Yang headaches), especially on the right side (Liver side).     
  3. Stomach 43 – press the tender spot in between the 3rd and 4th toes.  You can also press and find the most tender place.  This point is good for sinus headaches (Yang Ming headaches).  
  4. Large Intestine 4 – press the tender spot in between the thumb and 2nd finder.  You can find and push the most tender place.  This point is suitable for a tension headache (Tai Yin Headache).  
Acupuncture Points for Headaches
Acupuncture Points for Headaches

Natural Chinese Herbal Remedies

3. Take natural Chinese herbal remedies – each Chinese herb has a different function and action. 

For example, Kudzu is arrowroot and has a great benefit to treat headaches. 

In Japan, arrowroot tea is a trendy tea to warm your body, release muscle tension and release headaches.  

The primary making method of Kudzu arrowroot tea is simple and easy as follows,

  1. Dissolve kudzu powder (10g) in water (100cc), then filter the mixture through a tea strainer
  2. Heat the liquid in a small pot, stirring gently, until it becomes transparent (or translucent) and viscous.
  3. Add your desired amount of sugar (honey or syrup) to the pot and mix well
  4. Pour the liquid into a cup
  5. Enjoy! 
Kudzu Tea - one of the most popular Chinese medicine tea in Japan for Headache
Kudzu Tea

Stay Hydrated

4.  On top of this, drinking enough water is also very important. Dehydration can cause tension headaches because your brain gets pressure from the loss of fluids.

So, please make sure to drink enough water but not too much water.

  1. Drink a cup of plain hot water in the morning right after waking up.
  2. Drink one between 3 pm to 5 pm
  3. 0.3~0.5 gallon should be enough
  4. Avoid ice-cold water

Try these tips to relieve headaches, and it is effortless to try them at home. 

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