Headaches are more than just painful—they can be downright debilitating. Some people experience nausea or sensitivity to light and sound with headaches. For some people, headaches are very predictable. For example, stressful situations, PMS symptoms, and eating often bring on patterned headaches that make people wince in pain.

The go-to solution is typically an aspirin, a glass of water, and a nap. But if you suffer from headaches continually, these quick fixes won’t do the trick in the long-term. Pay attention to the signs your body is sending you! Finding and treating the root cause of your headaches can provide much-needed relief.

Looking at headaches from an energetic perspective can help pinpoint the cause of the imbalance. In TCM, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach. In fact, if one or more of the six meridians that run through your head suffer from energy or Qi stagnation, there are 720 different combinations that can produce headaches! Your headache is unique to you. Identifying which organ(s) are out of balance and treating the root cause is the goal.

Where are your headaches most often located?

A headache on the sides of your head or eyes are usually related to Gallbladder function. In today’s fast-paced society, we often experience stress. The Gallbladder and its partner organ, the Liver, are highly sensitive to stress, so one-sided headaches often indicate that stress is the real culprit.

Headaches on the top of your head relate to the Liver and the Kidney. Women who suffer from headaches along with PMS symptoms also experience Liver function issues. The Liver is responsible for flow—both of blood and emotions, making it the most important organ for women’s health. Conversely, the Kidney is the most important organ for men’s health. Energetically speaking, the Kidney supports men’s reproductive and hormonal health and supplies energy to any organ running low on Qi, or energy.

Headaches that occur after eating, especially in the front of the forehead, generally indicate that your Stomach function is out of balance. Your Stomach is lacking the Qi needed to digest food properly.

Healing the Root Cause

The body never lies! After finding the root cause of your headache, rebalance your body. Work on getting your organs functioning at their optimal levels. Acupuncture, herbs, and Qigong are all effective forms of treatment. But everyone needs an effective quick trick in their back pocket. The next time you have a headache, use acupressure to help relieve Qi stagnation and heal your headache.

In this video, Grand Master Lu teaches you the Four Energy Gates. While all four motions will give your body an energy tune-up, focus on Energy Gate Number 1 for headaches.


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7 Responses to The Body Never Lies: Pounding Headaches
  1. Hello I have Always suffered from headaches, I need help please, I want to find the source of them & natural treatment rather than strong western drugs.

    I also have ms, but the H’s are controlling my life.

  2. Hi, this is really interesting. I’m what’s called status migranosis, a fancy way to say my migraines never go away. I’m in the 11th year of this migraine. I’ve had neurostimulators implanted, take medication and have powerful infusions every 3 months.

    I’m not looking for a cure, id just like to get my pain under a 3/4 each day, down from 7-9 and the big excruciating 10s. What would you recommend?

    • Hi Claire. Have you looked into our Dragon’s Way Qigong program? The basis of the program is that everything is Qi (energy). When your Qi flows smoothly and the body is energetically balanced, it does not experience physical symptoms. Our 6-week program helps you to understand your body from this perspective. You’ll learn 10 Qigong movements and practice a cleaner way of eating, so the body can focus its energy on healing versus digestion. There are many resources on our website to provide more information. Try starting here: https://www.tcmworld.org/dragonsway-qigong/.

  3. So helpful! I’m wondering about headaches that start at the back of your head—what are those related to?

  4. Thanks for your question, Elana! Headaches in the back of the head relate to the Bladder. Your Dragon’s Way Qigong movements will certainly address those headaches. Keep practicing!

  5. Thanks for your comment, Bonny! The Five Element Framework is a template that organizes many factors according to five main elements in Nature. Time of day is one of the phenomena. If you study the framework, you’ll see that each organ system is energetically “in charge” at a given time of day. If you can pinpoint the time that your headaches repeatedly occur, you can see which organ system is asking for more support (Liver or Lung?). Take a look at the chart below, and then use the link on that page to learn more about each of the body’s organ systems.


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