Headaches in Chinese Medicine

Who doesn’t love a good headache? If you’ve ever been to the doctor about a headache, you might have heard of the different types of headaches according to biomedicine. However, headaches can also be understood through Chinese Medicine, which can often be a more helpful way to approach these dreaded occurrences. Chinese Medicine allows for more individualization with both diagnosis and treatment, and has good models for completely resolving many types of headaches.
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The Four Earth Organs

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are generally only two Earth organs, the Spleen and the Stomach. However, there are several ways to assign phase-elements to the organ systems, and one of the models uses the organ clock, or calendar, rather than the five-phase model. This calendrical model is older than the five-phase model and offers some wonderful insights into the function of the organs beyond their traditional physiology as explained in TCM. According to Dr. Hammer Earth functions in the formation of bonds and boundaries. All four of these organs function in this capacity to one degree or another.
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The Six Conformations – Part 2

Taiyin is the first of the yin conformations and is associated with the environmental influence of damp. Characteristic signs and symptoms are bloating, lack of appetite, water retention, and chronic loose stools, and sometimes undigested food in the stools. Chronic congestion, excessive mucus, and heavy sensations in the head or body are also typical Taiyin symptoms. Taiyin means greater yin and is associated with the inward movement of yin. It represents the physical matter that is necessary for life, and the ability to create this matter in order to replenish the body. Taiyin takes what Yangming has brought inside and transforms it into the self. Taiyin also holds this matter in place, creating stability...
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The Six Conformations – Part 1

Chinese Medicine has a number of models of human functioning and physiology. One major system is known as the six conformations, also known as the six stages, or the six divisions. I find this system to be both fascinating and extraordinarily useful in understanding the human being. This model originates in the six environmental factors: cold, heat, dry, damp, wind, and fire. Also known as climactic influences, these six were seen as encompassing all influences that came from the environment. For instance, in the winter the weather is cold. During the rainy season, the weather is damp. And so on. Each climactic factor influences the body in a particular way, giving rise to each of the six conformations.
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