In oriental medicine, various factors can effect the body and become the pattern of headaches:
• Headaches that start between 7 to 10 years of age strongly indicate the presence of a constitutional factor of disease, usually derived from the heredity from one or both parents.
• Emotional causes of disease are, of course, extremely frequent causes of headaches.
• Over-work, long hours, inadequate rest are all common causes of deficiency that give rise to headaches.
• Diet has a direct and profound influence on various organ systems and the etiology of headaches.
• Accidents and severe falls affecting the head can cause blood stasis in a particular area of the head and are frequently causative factors in headaches.
• Sexual activity in excess is a common cause of headaches, particularly in men, by depleting Kidney Essence. Childbirths can be a causative factor of Kidney Essence loss in women which lead to headaches.
• External Pathological Factors which affect the head are wind and dampness.