Let me share with you a case example: A 23 year old female nurse came to me for a severe and disabling migraine headache. She had missed a lot of work in recent months because of her headache. Along with her headache, she had also experienced dry mouth, irritability, insomnia, night sweats, etc. Her headache was located over the right temporal area, extending to above the right eyebrow and also radiating down her neck to the right shoulder.
She has tried many Western medications with marginal benefits and significant side effects. With acupuncture and herbal treatment, she improved very quickly and her yin deficiency symptoms subsided rapidly. Her diagnosis, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is liver yin deficiency leading to uprise of liver yang energy. Stated in a different way, the root of her problem is deficiency of yin energy in the liver channel, and the lack of yin energy is not able to balance or subdue the yang energy. The yang energy rises up, causing her headache and along with that, a feeling of vertigo or dizziness at times.
As you can see, our treatment in traditional Chinese medicine does attempt to get to the root of the problem, i.e., what is the underlying energy imbalance? Let me ask you now, are your yin and yang energies imbalanced?