Spring is the season of change: flowers sprout from the frozen ground, trees grow flowers, tiny buds explode into leaves within days, grey Winter gives way to the green and colourful landscape of Spring. In Spring, days are mild while nights are cold; strong winds blow. Everything changes day by day, moment by moment.
Chinese Medicine developed at a time when the bond between nature and mankind – or as the ancient Chinese would say, between Heaven, Earth and Humanity, was still intact. It uses the same language to describe nature and the human body.
The spectacular change that we see in Spring carries the signature of Wind. Wind is about sudden, erratic movements, unpredictability, upset. Wind takes its toll on the human body, our moods and emotions. As the ancient Chinese believed, humans are governed by the same forces as their environment: the earth, the seasons and even the stars. The powerful forces that disrupt nature at this time of the year can also upset us humans.
This is a summary of my paper published in the March 2017 issue of The Journal of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Download the full version.
Tension-type headache is the most common form of headache and affects up to 80 percent of people at some point in their life. It is a common cause of occupational absence and has a substantial economic impact; a longitudinal study revealed a 10 percent increase in the occurrence of tension-type headaches between 1989 and 2001.
Western medicine distinguishes three types of primary headache: tension-type headache, migraine and cluster headache. These differ from secondary headaches that may have similar symptoms but are caused by an underlying health problem, injury or medication. Once the diagnosis of secondary headache has been ruled out, Tension-type headaches can be diagnosed and distinguished from other headaches as follows: