But did you know that headaches and joint pain can also be characteristic of an exterior wind-cold syndrome?Aches and pain can be brought on by the culprit called stress. Stress lowers your immunity and makes you prone to attacks by free radicals – molecules that you acquired through consuming food or breathing the air.
According to TCM theory, environmental elements like wind, cold, damp and heat can easily invade the body from the outside and disrupt the flow of Qi (energy). This Qi disruption causes stiffness and pain in the joints (painful obstruction syndrome), especially those in the hands, arms, shoulders, feet, knees, and lower back.
Here are some tips on alleviating those aching pain:
- TCM Herbs
A TCM herb with warm properties like Fang Feng (防风), Radix Saposhnikoviae, is commonly found in oriental herbal tea. It is used to release the exterior, dispel wind, cold and dampness and relieves pain.
Fang Feng 防风are used for the following conditions:
- Migraine / Headaches
- Body pain (stiff neck and shoulder pain, back pain)
- Aching pain in knee joints
However, caution should be taken when consuming this herb. Please consult a licensed TCM physician on its usage.
- For Headaches
Certain vitamins and supplements may not as effective as prescription medicines.
Caffeine is known to be effective against headaches, hence its existence in OTC medications. However, moderation is the key.
For a natural remedy, Magnesium is thought to be good for tension headaches as it is required for the proper function of nerves and muscles.
- Stay hydrated
A big part of our body is made of water.
Dehydration has been associated with headaches. A general rule of thumb, an adult should drink eight glasses of water. So drink up whenever you can!
If you are experiencing severe pain, please consult a medical doctor immediately.
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