The Oriental Medicine Treatment of Tension Headaches


Chief-complaint: Chronic Headaches

Medical-history: 54 year old female. Daily Headaches mainly tension-type occasional migraines with nausea.

Symptoms: tight neck and shoulders, tight-band sensation around the head, constipation, nightsweats, hot flashes, low libido

Pulse: thin/thready

Tongue: textbook yin-deficiency presentation: red body with no coating

OM-diagnosis: yin-def with heat

Treatment-principle: nourish yin, clear heat

Point-prescription: Tan-style Method

Shen Men (bilateral)

L: PC9, HT8, GB34, ST36
R: LI4, TB5, SP6, LV2.5, KD3

Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin (Gastrodia and Uncaria Decoction) (morning, lunch)
Da Bu Yin Wan (Great Tonify the Yin Pill) (before bed)

Lifestyle-prescription: Told patient to work on posture, showed her doorway stretches, and told her to take walks and keep her eye-level at the horizon to promote better posture.

Results: After 1st treatment constipation improved. Better sleep/less nightsweats

No hot flashes after 2nd treatment

After 3rd treatment no nightsweats

Patient had only 4 headaches in the three weeks after I began seeing her. Two were self-induced with wine. One she got from being irritated by going to a “headache seminar” given by a specialist MD, I thought that was amusing.

Saw the patient 5 times and things seemed to good. She went from having daily headaches for the last 7 years to virtually none in a 6 week period.

My next project would have been the low-libido but she has not returned.

Synopsis: It was a pretty straight-forward case of yin-deficiency. I wish I had another 5000 cases like that one, it would make our job pretty smooth.

  • Mason McClellan
  • L.Ac.
  • Minnesota Clinic of Integrated Medicine
  • 560 Market St, Suite 11
  • Chanhassen
  • MN
  • 55317
  • USA
  • 952-294-9978
  • Stress Related Disorders
  • Last modified: October 8, 2009   Posted in: Neurological