What is a Qi Deficiency-type Headache and How Can You Avoid This Common Headache-type?

Licensed Acupuncturists treat headaches everyday because, well because acupuncture is good at treating headaches and other pain issues. 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, a Qi Deficiency-type headache is….

The symptoms of a Qi Deficiency Headache are usually a dull pain in the head which lingers, brought on by physical activity or fatigue. If the Qi Deficiency pattern of disease continues un-checked, it usually progresses into a Blood Deficiency-type Headache (to be explained in a future post)

Is Your Headache a Tension Headache?-Read Here to Find Out

Eat & Rest 

Qi Deficiency Headaches can be avoided by eating regular meals on time and taking the time to rest properly. Each individual is different and one must learn in his or her life what works best, i.e., eating every two hours versus every four hours or taking time every day to rest or sleep.

Avoid Stress when possible. Try a daily practice of Mindfulness Meditation if you are dealing with stress.

Read About Mindfulness Meditation Here.

Of course, always be sure to drink enough water! You may have to drag around a water vessel to remember to refill it in order to actually maintain hydration throughout the day. I am a somewhat visual learner and, knowing this about myself I have learned some tricks like this that have really made an impact on my quality of life!

  • Eat regular meals
  • Get enough Sleep/ Rest
  • Avoid Stress
  • Stay Hydrated


Populations Prone to Qi Deficiency Headaches:

We are all different. Some of us have had physical trauma which can tap out our energy reserves faster than others who haven’t, maybe been in a major auto collision or had a major debilitating injury or illness which took time to recover from. We may be prone to becoming more easily fatigued and getting headaches than, say someone who has not experienced these energy-zapping situations. Qi Def. Headaches are more common among older people who are more easily fatigued, those who have had their Qi compromised more by injury or illness, and of course those who constantly burn the candle at both ends!

  • Elderly
  • Physical Trauma History
  • Major Disease/ Illness History
  • Prone to Easily Fatigue
  • Irregular Eating
  • Type A-Personality

Look for your own patterns with your headaches. If you notice headaches do not bother you on the days when you eat more frequently, try to continue eating at that frequency. Perhaps you can keep some raw nuts or a hard-boiled egg with you in a cooler or a nearby refrigerator or in your car (most of the year-if your car is in Minnesota)! 

Give Yourself a Break!

It can be hard on the ego for those of us who are movers & shakers and do not want to take the time to rest. I remind my patients-especially women- that YOU must put the oxygen mask on YOURSELF FIRST. If you are going to be any use to anyone else, you must take time for your own self-care. It is a requirement. Your body, mind and HEAD will all thank you! Plus, you will be more effective at getting the important stuff done in your life when you are feeling at the top of your game-by staying well-rested and nourished!

Thanks for reading!

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches following an auto accident with a semi-truck during high school.

Aleesha specializes in treating Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Low energy, Low mood, Digestion issues and Women’s health, including helping the body with balancing hormones during Menopause and Perimenopause to relieve hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and PMS. She successfully treats patients with all types of headaches, including Tension headaches.

Aleesha suffered many years herself with migraine headaches. She can truly empathize with her suffering patients and her passion is to help them feel better.

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Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha atAnokaAcupuncture.com

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in downtown Anoka at 207 E Main near Andover, MN.

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This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

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