How To Do Quick Remedy for Headaches

Quick Remedy for Headaches

I want to explain the quick remedy for headaches at this time.

Do you have headaches every day?

I used to have headaches every day.

In my case, I had been to my acupuncturist when I had headaches.

But, besides going to an acupuncturist, I would recommend doing an easy home remedy you can do at home. It only takes about 3 minutes every day.

Headaches are among the most common problems in people’s lifestyles. 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.

When you have headaches, you can’t concentrate, can you?

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

I want to give you an easy tip that might relieve your headaches instantly.

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

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4 Super Easy Tips To Solve Frequent Lower Back Pain

4 super easy tips to solve frequent lower back Pain

Frequent lower back pain is one of the most common disorders that people in the united states suffer.  Unfortunately, 31 million Americans experience pain in the lower back at any time of their life.

This time I would like to discuss the mechanism and the solution for the frequent lower back pain.

What is the cause of frequent lower back pain?

Frequent Lower Back Pain

We have frequent lower back pain because of many factors, including accidents, injuries, misalignment of the pelvis, bad posture, etc.

From my experience as an acupuncturist and certified athletic trainer, many patients who suffer from lower back pain have SI joint tightness.

What is SI joint?

SI joint and QL Muscle are causes of frequent Lower Back pain

SI joint is the joint between the sacrum and ilium. This joint attached much external rotation muscle, including gluteal muscles. And it plays a significant role in rotating the pelvis.

However, once this joint gets tight up and won’t move your pelvis correctly, it ends up happening to tighten up QL muscle located on the lower back, causing the pain.

How to solve the release of the SI joint’s tightness to reduce the lower back pain?

So, the key to improving your lower back pain is to release SI joint tightness. There are four easy tips you can do at home.

  1. Take a bath with Epsom Salt.
  2. Exercise
  3. Acupuncture and moxibustion
  4. Chinese herbs

1. Take a bath with Epsom salt.

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 a handful of Epsom salt in it. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and promotes even more blood circulation.
  3. Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes until you sweat.  It promotes sweating and reduces pain.

2. Exercise

There are McKenzie method home exercises that release the lower back muscle tension. In addition, there are seven different exercises that you can do at home to ease the pain.

For example, Extension in lying exercise is the most valuable and effective first-aid and procedure in the treatment of lower back pain:

McKenzie Home Exercise for frequent Lower Back Pain

  1. Remain to face down and place your hands under your shoulder in the press-up position
  2. Straighten your elbows and push your body up as far as you can tolerate.
  3. It is essential that you completely relax the pelvis, hips, and legs when you do.
  4. Keep your pelvis, hips, and legs hanging and allow your lower back to tilt.
  5. When you have maintained this position for a second or two, you can lower yourself to the starting position.
  6. You repeat this cycle.
  7. It would help if you tried to raise your upper body a little bit higher, and your back is supposed to be extended as much as possible with your arms straighten.
  8. When your arms are straight, remember to hold for a second or two.

It is the most important exercise. You may maintain the sag for longer than one or two seconds if you feel the pain reduces.

3. Acupuncture and moxibustion

Acupuncture 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. Even WHO recommends having acupuncture for lower back pain.

GB25

GB25 for frequent Lower back Pain

GB25 is one of the most important acupuncture points to release the SI joint and QL muscle.

It is located under the 12th rib. You can press and hold the point for 10 seconds as you breathe in and breath out. Repeat it 10 times a day.

4. Chinese Herbs for Frequent Lower Back Pain

There are several Chinese herbs that would work for lower back pain. I want to introduce you to one of the Chinese herbs that are effective for the lower back.

First, I want you to check these questions.

Checkpoints

  • Do you have frequent lower back pain?
  • Do you have frequent urination?
  • Please touch your lower back.  Do you feel cold on your back?
  • Are you tired all the time?

If you have lower back pain with these other symptoms, these are the signs of Kidney Deficiency from traditional Chinese medicine.

The kidney is the source of energy, and the lower back is the primary source. So when you have pain with these associated with symptoms, it’s a sign of kidney deficiency.

Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

Indications:

  • lower back pain
  • cold lower back
  • frequent urination
  • fatigue
  • arthritis

Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan helps to warm the kidney and reduce pain. Yang Energy allows us to be active, vital, and responsible for function, warmth, and movement.

The primary ingredient is Rehmannia, and this herb helps replenish the kidney.

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 1000 herbs.

Here is the link that you can go and get your best Chinese herbs for frequent lower back pain.

Conclusion

In conclusion, frequent lower back pain can be caused by SI joint tightness.

Firstly, please understand the mechanism of lower back pain due to SI joint and QL muscles.

Secondly, please try these four tips for frequent lower back pain 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 Super simple ways to improve feeling sleepy after lunch

6 Super Simple Ways To Improve Feeling Sleepy After Lunch

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6 Super Simple Ways To Improve Feeling Sleepy After Lunch

6 Super simple ways to improve feeling sleepy after lunch

First of all, in this blog, I want to explain why you have the feeling sleepy after lunch and how you can manage it.

Why do you feel sleepy after lunch?  I believe these six simple solutions can help those who suffer from it.

Do you feel sleepy after lunch?

feeling sleepy after lunch

  • Drink soda or juices?
  • Don’t eat breakfast?
  • Eat a lot in one meal?
  • Eat fast?
  • Go out and eat often?
  • Drink alcohol?
  • Don’t eat vegetables?

I assume you must have one of these signs.  It is the effect of “Sugar Crash.”

So let’s start understanding what blood sugar level is.

How blood sugar spikes work

Sugar Crash,” or AKA Postprandial hypoglycemia, is when the blood sugar level becomes abnormally spike up and drop down like a roller coaster after a meal.

Usually, for people who have this condition, their blood sugar levels are regular, so you can easily ignore the presence of blood sugar crashes.

The blood sugar level is the concentration of glucose contained in the blood.

The sugar in the diet is digested into glucose and enters the blood.

Typically, before we eat, the average range is about 70-100 mg/dl.

For example, when you eat a sugar-based food like donuts, the blood sugar level rises sharply.

The pancreas then rushes to secrete a large amount of insulin, making the blood sugar level drop.

When the blood sugar level drops too quickly, you end up feeling sleepy, dizzy, irritable, anxious, tired, and foggy head, etc. The Source is https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7962339/.

How to solve feeling sleepy after lunch

What Should I do?
Here are six simple tips that you can do to improve your feeling sleepy after lunch.

  1. Eat slowly and Don’t Eat too much
  2. GI diet
  3. Chew well
  4. Eat from vegetables
  5. Sleep well
  6. Chinese herbs

1. Eat slowly and Don’t Eat too much

Eat slow for feeling sleepy after lunch

As mentioned earlier, overeating too much sugar can cause blood sugar fluctuations and lead to feeling sleepy.

About 15 minutes after eating, you will reach your satisfaction level.

Therefore, make sure to spend at least 15 minutes per meal.

Generally, eating fast is the cause of obesity, so please take off the risk.

So, Keep in mind to stop binge eating and make the blood sugar level control.

2. Low GI diet

low GI diet for feeling sleepy after lunch

Choose your diet from a low Glycemic index chart. Glycemic Index Chart (GI chart) is an index of how easily the blood sugar level of food rises and indicates the degree of absorption of sugar contained in food.

Currently, more than 1,300 foods are listed. WHO, the Canadian Dietetic Association and the International Diabetes Society also recommend the use of GI.

Examples of low GI food:

  • Oatmeal
  • Kidney beans
  • Chicken
  • Salmon
  • Avocado
  • Tofu
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Mushroom
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Soy milk
  • Spinach, etc

Carbohydrates are high in sugar and can be another cause of blood sugar levels rising sharply.

So try not to eat them too much. Sugar restriction also leads to prevention.

Foods that quickly raise blood sugar levels:

  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Noodles
  • Sweets
  • Soft drinks, etc

3. Chew Well

Chew more for feeling sleepy after lunch

By chewing slowly and eating well, you can easily digest the food, even with a small amount.

This study shows that changing your eating habit including chewing more, reduce the blood sugar level drastically.

4. Eat vegetables first

Eating vegetables first for feeling sleepy after lunch

It’s best to eat vegetables, seaweed, mushrooms, and other rich dietary fiber foods first.

Dietary fiber has the effect of slowing the absorption of sugar. So eating it first slows down digestion and prevents blood sugar spikes.

Ideally, when eating, eat side dishes such as

Vegetable → Side dishes such as meat, fish, and eggs →  Rice, and bread.

It is easier to eat a set meal for lunch, including side dishes, rice, and soup, than a single dish such as a rice bowl or ramen.

5. Sleep well

sleeping well for feeling sleepy after lunch

The sudden drowsiness after eating can be due to a lack of sleep at night in the first place.

Thus, eliminating sleep loss at night may be a shortcut to relieving feeling sleepy after lunch.

Sleeping is highly related to Melatonin and serotonin.

Melatonin is the sleeping hormone that puts you asleep at night, and serotonin, also known as the happy hormone, secretes during the daytime.

So it switches to Melatonin to make you sleep longer.  And, without Melatonin, you won’t be relaxed and have a restful sleep at night.

Likewise, without serotonin, it’s impossible to feel awake well the following day.

To help you sleep, you have to have enough Melatonin and Serotonin to be secreted.

I would recommend you doing

Go outside and expose yourself to the sunshine because you secrete serotonin during the daytime. Even taking a walk and stretching is preferable.

Refrain from the smartphone or TV at night because Melatonin doesn’t get secreted while you are exposed to the light.

Meditate before going to bed. It helps to secrete more Melatonin.

Eat more food that contains a lot of L-tryptophan, which is a source of serotonin.

Eggs, bananas, tofu, natto, Miso, cheese, yogurt, tuna, sesame, etc.

Try to take supplements like 5-HTP with Melatonin. It converts to Melatonin.

6. Chinese Herbs

In traditional Chinese medicine, we consider your spleen energy (digestive) has been weak when you feel sleepy after lunch. One of the functions of the spleen organ in TCM transports nutrients and essence from food to the whole body.

Suppose your spleen is weak or not functioning well, you get abdominal distention, diarrhea, indigestion, lower appetite, and sleepy after a meal.

To nourish spleen energy, you can take Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang.

This formula supports digestive power to raise energy.  One of the primary ingredients is Ginseng root and has chemicals called ginsenosides that affect insulin levels in the body and lower blood sugar.

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 1000 herbs.

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

Conclusion

In conclusion, feeling sleepy after lunch can be caused by a sugar crash.

Firstly, please understand the causes of drowsiness due to the Blood sugar spike up and down.

Secondly, please try these six solutions for feeling sleepy after lunch 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 You Know How To Stop Being Irritated?

Do You Know How To Stop Being Irritated?

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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.

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

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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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Did You Know Why Your Feet So Cold Easily?

How come are my feet getting so cold easily?

Did You Know Why Your Feet So Cold Easily?

Do You Know Why My Feet So Cold Easily?
How Come Are My Feet Getting So Cold?

Do you have such symptoms?  

  • My feet so cold easily, no matter what
  • I can’t sleep because my hands and feet are cold
  • After I take a shower, my feet get cold right away
  • I have to wear multiple layers
  • I have constipation or diarrhea
  • No matter what I do, I can’t lose weight

If your feet so cold quickly and easily, it is cold sensitivity, and if you keep ignoring these symptoms, eventually, you might be getting a serious condition.  

Here I would like to discuss what cold sensitivity is and how to treat it to prevent severe conditions. 

What is Cold Sensitivity?  

Cold sensitivity happens when you have poor circulation down to the capillary blood, which is the small tiny blood vessels in the tips of hands and feet.  

No matter what the environment, even in the summertime, you get cold hands and feet with this condition.

The causes of Cold sensitivity

Daily lifestyle is significantly involved in poor circulation.  Let’s take a look at the main causes.  

Lack of Exercises

Lack of Exercise leads to cold sensitivity

If you don’t exercise, your body’s metabolism slows down, and it causes poor blood circulation. Also, muscle mass is critical because you won’t create heat and warm up your body well.  

In particular, women have less muscle mass than men, so it is more difficult to generate heat, and they tend to be sensitive to cold.  Because women have periods every month, the uterus and ovaries block blood flow and lose blood, resulting in poor blood flow that can’t reach the extremities.  

Improper Clothing

Wearing light clothing such as skirts in colds weather makes your body cold.  Also, Tight clothing cuts disturb blood circulation.  

Age

Aging causes cold feet and sensitive to cold

Older people feel cold because they cannot generate heat due to aging. Their muscle mass and the organ function lower; for example, frequent urination, stiff shoulder, and back pain should be released by warming your body.  

Diet

Eating junk food makes your body cold

Eating too many cold foods and sweets, fast foods, snacks, causes your body cold.  

And lack of minerals and vitamins with unreasonable dietary restrictions can cause your blood to become muddy and poor circulation.

Stress

Stress ruins your nervous system and blood circulation

Excessive stress causes insufficient blood flow and causes poor circulation. In addition, if stress and pressure ruin you for a long time, the autonomic nerves get imbalanced and lose control of your body temperature.  

The Autonomic nerves play a big role in controlling body temperature in the body. When you are hot, it expands the blood vessels to let the body temperature down, and when you are cold, it shrinks the blood vessels so that the body temperature keep the same.

However, nowadays, people live in an environment with AC, our feeling of “hot” and “cold” becomes dull and does not work well. It constricts the capillaries and causes cold sensitivity.

Smoking

Smoking constricts blood vessels leading to poor circulation and cold feet

Smoking rapidly constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow, leading to coldness.

Constipation / diarrhea

The digestive problems also lead to lower blood flow and coldness.  

Thyroid Hormone Imbalance

People who have thyroid hormone imbalance like hypothyroidism or Hashimoto disease tend to get cold hands and feet.  Also, When you have menopause, your women’s hormones are lowering, and you lose control of the body temperature.  You get cold feet even though you have hot flashes (Heat Sign).  

Iron deficiency anemia

Women tend to get deficient in iron. Mainly, they lose blood from menstruation, so they must take more iron than necessary. If this condition persists, it will eventually lead to anemia. 

Anemia is a condition in which there are few red blood cells in the blood, and the red blood cells play a role in carrying oxygen, resulting in fatigue, dizziness, and cold feet.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective for cold sensitivity

There are five types of diagnoses that give you cold feet and cold sensitivity.

  1. Cold in the middle burner, Spleen & stomach (digestive organs)
  2. Liver Qi Stagnation
  3. Blood Stasis
  4. Kidney Yang Deficiency
  5. Blood Deficiency

Cold in the Middle Burner

Because the digestive systems like the spleen and stomach create the post-natal energy from food, it has to be consistently warm.  However, if your stomach gets cold, you also get diarrhea, fatigue, low appetite occur with cold feet.  

Liver Qi Stagnation

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is the organ that regulates Qi (energy) and stores blood.  It is easily affected by stress.  Once Liver energy gets stuck, it disharmonized blood circulation causing cold hands and feet.  It is also associated with irritability, depression, abdominal distention, constipation, etc.  

Blood Stasis

When your body temperature goes down, the body’s metabolism also goes down and creates stasis of the blood and poor circulation. Blood stasis signs are heart palpitation, nerve pain, dizziness, red faces, dark circles under eyes, purple lips, etc.

Kidney Yang Deficiency

Spleen creates post-natal energy, and Kidney Yang energy facilitates the function of Spleen.  Yang is like fire, and if there is no fire, symptoms occur such as the cold lower back, fatigue, frequent urination, etc.  

Blood Deficiency

Blood is warm and moist, and Qi (energy) carries blood.  Once there is no blood, it’s no energy to bring blood to the end of the limbs.  Also, it’s associated with dizziness, fatigue, dry skin, etc.  

Solution of Cold Sensitivity

Now, how to improve poor circulation to improve cold sensitivity? 

Incorporate them into your daily life to improve your sensitivity to cold. 

  1. Soak in a tub with hot water
  2. Exercise
  3. Diet
  4. Massage
  5. Acupuncture
  6. Chinese Herbs

Soak in a tub with Hot water

Taking a bath warms your body

Soaking your body in the bath instead of taking a shower is one of the best ways to improve your sensitivity to cold.

Let’s take a bath in about 100 °F of the water. It’s a good idea to soak in hot water for a little longer until you sweat slowly.

The parasympathetic nerves work to widen blood vessels and improve blood circulation. Let’s relax and warm from the core of your body.

Exercise

Exercise promotes metabolism and blood circulation

To improve blood flow is to promote metabolism. Exercise is the most effective way to boost metabolism. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Light walking is fine.

In your daily life, it’s enough to walk a little more or do a simple stretch. In particular, stretching before bedtime will improve blood circulation, increase body temperature, and help you sleep well.

Please try while moving your body a little more in your daily life.

Diet

Eat more warm food to increase blood circulation

Some foods warm the body and cool the body. Try to eat more foods warm it to improve blood circulation and coldness.

Foods that warm you: Root vegetables such as ginger, green onions, garlic, and burdock make you warm.

These vegetables grow in cold regions. And black foods like sesame, black beans, and azuki beans are also warm you up.

Foods that cool you down: Vegetables from hot areas such as tomatoes and cucumbers are cool vegetables. Sugar and artificial sweeteners, butter, margarine, snacks, chocolate also cool you down.

However, be aware that just because you are cold does not mean eating only warm foods. Try to eat a well-balanced diet. When you eat cold foods, I recommend cooking them like soup or miso soup rather than eating them raw.

Warm drinks: black tea, roasted green tea, oolong tea, cocoa, ginger tea

Drinks to cool your body: coffee, green tea, juice, water, milk

Massage

Fingernail massage stimulates acupuncture points to promote circulation

Fingernail massage: Massage at the corner of the fingernail improving blood circulation throughout the body, reduces stiff shoulders, relieves tiredness and tiredness, and raises body temperature.

These points are actually acupuncture points called Jing Well points, which effectively improve immune systems and increase body temperature.

  1. Grip the corner of the nail by the other side of the thumb and index.
  2. Press until you feel sore, and hold 10 seconds.
  3. Do all five fingers and repeat 2-3 times a day.
  4. Do it every day

Acupuncture points

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

SP6

SP6 works for women’s issue and poor circulation

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

Efficacy: One of the acupuncture points that work well for women, such as poor circulation and irregular menstruation, is especially important for poor circulation.

KD1

KD1 is effective for poor circulation

Location: Slightly closer to the foot’s arch, in the dent created when the finger is bent.

Efficacy: This Acupuncture point is effective against poor circulation such as blood and essence, cold feet, and swelling.

LV3

LV3 improves coldness from blood flow.

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

Efficacy: This acupuncture point improves coldness from blood flow. In addition, because it belongs to the flow of energy called the liver meridian, which is closely related to the parts of the body that we are overworking, such as the liver, muscles, eyes, physical fatigue, psychological stress, and eyes.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbs for Cold sensitivity

Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang

This formula is a major tonic for people who have a cold stomach. The primary ingredient is Yi Tang, which is sweet and excellent for reconstructing the middle burner. So, people who have fatigue, cold feet, low appetite, cold stomach, low immune system, etc., are suitable for this formula.

Chai Hu Shu Gan Tang

It is a primary formula for treating Liver Qi stagnation patterns such as Abdominal pain, Cold feet, rib pain, irritability, anxiety, etc. Bupleurum root is the primary ingredient of this formula and helps spread energy to relieve stress and blood circulation.

Jin Qui Shen Qi Wan

This classic formula is used to supplement Kidney Yang. Kidney Yang is the source of energy for creating heat in the body. Once you have depleted Kidney Yang, you have cold symptoms such as cold lower back with pain, cold feet, fatigue, frequent urination at night, etc.

Conclusion

In conclusion, cold feet are one of the body’s signs that you might have future severe problems like low immune systems, fatigue, physiological and psychological issues.

  • Cold feet
  • Pain
  • low immune system
  • fatigue
  • Neck tension
  • Low back pain
  • frequent urination
  • anxiety

Firstly, please understand the causes of cold feet.

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

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from cold feet.

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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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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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How to Treat your Fatigue with TCM

Feeling Tired All the Time? How to Treat your Fatigue with TCM.

Needless to say, all of us wish to have amazing days without fatigue. However, it is hard to achieve especially during COVID-19. Once you have fatigue, you always feel tired and sleepy even after having 6-7 hours sleep. Fatigue comes from many reasons such as lifestyle factors, physical and mental conditions, and COVID-19 aftereffect. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine’s point of view, there are several body types in which you can get easily tired but most people can be categorized into two types.

Here’re the two body types and symptoms and remedies for each type.

Type1: (Spleen Qi Deficiency)

Symptoms: sleepy, sleepy after eating, loss of energy, loss of appetite, bad digestion,  bloated belly, watery stools, pale face, slim / slender, 

Causes: Unhealthy diet, overworking, thinking too much, after surgery, after childbirth, lack of exercise, crash diet

The following is the list of unhealthy diet:
・Overeating and overdrinking
・Fast eating
・Not chewing food enough before swallowing
・Eating spicy, greasy, cold, raw, fried, processed food
・Drinking alcohol
・Eating dinner 1 hour prior to sleep

TCM remedy:
・Avoid raw salad, fried food 
・Avoid cold beverage and drink hot beverage instead
・Avoid overeating and overdrinking
・Spend more than 20 mins to finish meals
・Recommended food: potatoes, yams, mushrooms, eggs, pork, and chicken
・Light exercise such as stretch, yoga, 30 mins walking or 15 mins jogging
・Pressing “Zusanili” for 3 mins three times a day
・Use moxibustion home kit at home 

Type2: (Spleen Dampness)

Symptoms: sleepy even after sleep, tired all the time, dull body, brain fog, loss of energy, easy to get swollen feet, loss of appetite, bloated stomach, burping, constipation & diarrhea, joint pain, virginal discharge. 

Causes:
・Living in a humid area
・Eating a lot of dairy food, fried food, greasy food, sweet, cold food
・Having excessive amount of water (a gallon of water)

If you are type2, you have an unnecessary amount of water in your body and need to detox it.

TCM natural remedies:
・All tips from Type1
・Drinking corn silk tea, red bean tea.
・Pressing “zusanili” and “UB40” for 3 – 5 mins before going to sleep

Treating your fatigue with TCM is a great way because it is natural.

Even if you try the natural remedies and don’t see any improvements, you may want to try natural Chinese herbs. We can help you find the effective Chinese herb for your hot flashes in menopause.

Visit YourKampo – An online Chinese herb medicine prescription service.

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Did You Know How Chinese Medicine Treats Hot Flashes?

Do You Know How Chinese Medicine Treats Hot Flashes?

How TCM Sees Hot Flashes in Menopause and Its treatment

Are you suffering from frequent hot flashes because of menopause?

The symptom is prevalent among older women between 45 and 55 years of age. Besides the hot flashes, if you experience night sweats, virginal dryness, sleeping difficulty, mood swing, and loss of sex drive, you are more likely to be having menopause disorder.

Don’t feel alone if you are experiencing the symptoms because, according to a study, 85 % of postmenopausal women have experienced a menopause-related symptom in their lifetime.

The frequency and the duration of hot flashes are different for people, but they should be the lowest possible. In general, hot flashes in menopause can keep for 5 to 10 years.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine’s point of view, menopause disorder is primarily caused by an imbalance of yin and yang in your body, called “Yin Deficiency.” “Yin Deficiency” is the state where yin(a negative side) is losing its power, but yang( a positive side) remains its power, and the imbalance makes heat in your body. 

Here’re four types of yin yang states in which you probably see yourself if you suffer from hot flashes. Each class has different symptoms and different advice.   

Type1 (Yin Deficiency Fire) for hot flashes:

Symptoms: hot flashes on the upper body, red face, sweaty, dizziness, vertigo, ringing in ears, sleep disorder, feeling heavy body, thirsty, red tongue, and little tongue moss.

Advice:
・Avoid spicy and fried food, spices, ginger.
・Recommended food: sesame, honey, corn, cucumbers, watermelon, lotus seeds.
・Drink jujube tea or goji berry tea
・Press “LV3” pressure point (See the picture below) 3 mins before sleep

Type 1 for hot flashes - Yin Deficiency Fire

Type2 (Yin & Yang Deficiency):

Symptoms: hot flashes on upper body, sweaty, slim/slender, anxiety, numb on hands and feet, sleep disorder

The treatment is quite tricky if you are this type, so you are better off visiting an acupuncturist near you to get the proper advice. You may be seeing improvements by changing your diet and trying natural Chinese herbs.

Here are some natural remedies:
・Recommended food: peanuts, walnuts, yams, lamb & mutton, and ginger
・Drink goji berry, jujube tea, and lotus tea
・Pressing “UB23” pressure point in the morning for 3 mins

Type 2 for hot flashes - Yin & Yang Deficiency

Type3 (Qi & Yin Deficiency):

Symptoms: hot flashes in the evening, red cheeks, shortness of breath, cold intolerance, night sweats, loss of appetite, fatigue, constipation or diarrhea, tongue with teeth marks

Advice:
・Belly breathing for 5 – 10 mins twice after waking up and before going to bed
・Recommended food and beverage: mushrooms, yams, goji berry tea, ginseng tea with honey, etc.
・Pressing “Zusanli” pressure point three times a day

Type 3 for hot flashes - Qi & Yin Deficiency

Type4 (Heart & Spleen deficiency):

Symptoms: irritation, dizziness, sleep disorder, waking up middle of nights, fatigue, shortness of breath, pale face, dark color of a tongue but the light color of tongue moss

Advice:
・Avoid food that makes your body cool, such as tomatoes, bananas, cucumbers, crabs.
・Refrain from spicy, fried, cold, and raw food.
・Eat meat(beef, chicken, pork), yams, rice, jujube
・Pressing “Zusanli”, “Sp10”, “UB23 UB21”  acupressure points

Type 4 for hot flashes - Heart & Spleen Deficiency

Even if you try natural remedies and don’t see any improvements, you may want to try natural Chinese herbs. We can help you find an effective Chinese herb for your hot flashes in menopause.

Visit YourKampo – An online Chinese herb medicine prescription service.

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Say goodbye to PMS! Natural Remedies in Oriental Medicine Way

Say goodbye to PMS! Natural Remedies for PMS in Oriental Medicine Way

Say goodbye to PMS! Natural Remedies in Oriental Medicine Way

Say goodbye to PMS! Natural Remedies in Oriental Medicine Way
Say goodbye to PMS! Natural Remedies in Oriental Medicine Way

If you are a woman, you probably have experienced the effects of PMS once in your life as a study shows up to 90% of women experienced it, and 10% of them had severe one (PMDD).

PMS often occurs prior 1 – 2 weeks to menstruation, and it not only negatively affects mental health but also work-productivity.

If you have the following symptoms, you are probably experiencing PMS. 

・Headache
・Acne / pimples
・Flushing
・Vertigo
・Joint pain
・Bloated Stomach
・Dry mouth
・Breast pain
・Swelling
・Irritation
・Fatigue
・Nervous
・Anxiety
・Depression
・Craving for sugar and salty food
・Getting emotional for no reason
・Brain fog
・Insomnia

In the perspective of Oriental Medicine, PMS is triggered by an imbalance of hormones.

As we look different from others, our constitution type is different as well. 

Here’re constitutional types and natural remedies for each type.

Type1 (Liver Qi Stagnation): 

symptom: bloated stomach, breast pain, anxiety, dark blood when the period

If you see the symptoms above, your energy flow (called “Qi” in Oriental Medicine) in your body is stuck and should be more smooth to relieve your PMS.

Relaxing your body by exercising lightly, meditating, and having citrus fruits like oranges and lemons in your diet are effective natural remedies. 

If you are a tea drinker, rose tea is recommended. 

Type2 (Liver Fire Rising):

Symptom: Irritation, anxiety, depression, vertigo, loss of appetite, bitter taste in the mouth, early menstruation.

If you are this type, you may suffer from mental health issues.

The effective way is to stretch your body, especially your hamstring and side of your body.

We recommend eating tomatoes, cucumbers, bananas, celery, carrots, apples, and eggs in your diet.

Goji berry tea is good for this type.

Avoid alcohol and stop smoking if you do. 

Type3 (Qi & Blood Deficiency):

Symptom: dizziness, light headache, insomnia, pale face, fatigue, tiny amount of period blood

You may have a weak stomach which causes a lack of energy in your body.

As a natural remedy, you should consume less cold, raw, processed food instead of warm food.

The recommended food for includes yams, white rice, meat, mushrooms, and beans.

In addition, keeping your lower ab warm is essential to recover your stomach.

Type4 (Blood Deficiency):

Symptom: itchy skin before period, hard to fall asleep, tiny amount of period blood, late menstrual cycle.

It is the most common type, iron deficiency.

As a solution, you are better off avoiding spicy food.

Drinking coffee prevents absorbing iron in your body, so drink jujube tea instead.

Your diet should contain iron-rich food such as black sesame, black beans, walnut, spinach, beef, chicken, lamb, and mutton.

The following natural remedies are recommended for all types:

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages.
  • Consume less salty, sweet, greasy, dairy, processed food.
  • Do moderate exercises such as jogging, walking, and yoga.
  • Minimize your stress by doing your hobbies.

Even if you try these natural remedies and don’t see any improvements, I recommend you trying natural Chinese herbs.

If you are interested, you can visit YourKampo to get the right Chinese herb for PMS.

Your health should be a top priority in your life.

Having PMS is probably the most common symptom among women.

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

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Home Remedies for Bloated Stomach

Do you always feel your stomach bloated?

The bloated stomach makes you uncomfortable and causes burping and farting that make people around you uncomfortable unless they are friendly people.

If you feel a bloated stomach all the time, this blog post is for you, and you may be able to learn the cause and home remedies of it.

From the perspective of Oriental Medicine, two main reasons can trigger a bloated stomach: Diet and stress.

If your diet always consists of fried, spicy, cold, raw, processed, and dairy food, you need to consider changing because your digestion system gets weak from it.

Once you have a dysfunctional digestive system, you are more likely to get a bloated stomach.

In addition, stress and anxiety also can be a factor in the bloated stomach.

If you are not good at dealing with stress, take extra care of your mental health.

Here’re some home remedies that you can try to strengthen your stomach, handle your stress and overcome your bloated belly.

・Consume less fried, spicy, cold, raw, processed, and dairy food.

・Avoid cold beverages and drink room temperature or hot beverages.

・Eat fiber-rich food like oatmeal, yam, and miso-soup. 

・Drink orange peel tea and jujube tea.

・Meditate 10 minutes a day. Using the Calm app is suitable for meditation.

・Exercise and stretch regularly.

If you try those home remedies but do not see any improvements, you may want to try Chinese herbs. Visit YourKampo to answer a 3 mins questionnaire about your symptom and get the right natural Chinese herb delivered to your home.

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

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