Did you know any signs or symptoms are the messages from your body that are seeking attention and help from you? Let’s dive into a few. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), headaches at different locations in your head are caused by the blockage in different meridians, how to interpret it?

headachesHeadache on both sides of your head is usually caused by the blockage in the Gallbladder meridian. Massaging the temple area and the Yanglingquan acupoint on your legs can quickly settle the headache. Yanglingquan acupoint is in the gallbladder meridian, it is located in the depression anterior and inferior to the head of the fibula on your legs. Massaging this point on both legs can not only help relieve headaches but also improve the energy flow in your gallbladder meridian, which in turn will boost your liver detoxification and enhance the bile flow.


Headache occurring in the back of your head is usually caused by the blockage in the Bladder meridian, which is the longest meridian channel from your feet to the head for detoxification. Fengchi acupoint is in the Gallbladder meridian and it is at the depression at the base of the skull. Massaging this point can quickly relieve headaches and bring mental clarity to your mind. It also helps relieve shoulder and neck pain. Dazhui acupoint is in the Du meridian and is located in the depression under the spinous process of the seventh cervical vertebra on the dorsal midline. Massaging this point regularly can help boost your immunity, treat a cold or flu, relieve headaches, and reduce neck and shoulder pain. You can also place a hot water bottle here and lie down for about 20 minutes when you suffer from a cold or flu, and see how quickly you can recover from it.

When you suffer from a headache on the top of your head, it is usually caused by a blockage in the liver meridian. Baihui acupoint is a miraculous point for your brain, it is also called One Hundred Meetings. It is in the Du meridian and is located at the intersection point of the midline and the line connecting the ear lobes.

Baihui (One Hundred Meetings) Acupoint Massaging this acupoint regularly has numerous health benefits including the following:
  • Relieve headaches.
  • Reduce depression.
  • Improve mental clarity and memory.
  • Reduce high blood pressure.
  • Improve sleep quality.
  • Relieve sinus congestion.
  • Reduce fatigue and improve energy levels.

Taichong acupoint is another powerful detoxification point, it is in the liver meridian and is located on top of the feet, in the depression between the junction of the 1st and 2nd toe, right before the joint. Massaging this point on both feet regularly can help boost your liver function, reduce headaches, improve your eyesight, and promote sound sleep.


What about the headache on your forehead?

It is usually caused by the blockage in the stomach meridian. Touwei acupoint is in the stomach meridian, it is located along the hairline near the temple, one on each side of the head. Massaging this acupoint on both sides can relieve headaches and dizziness, and benefit eyes and tinnitus. Zusanli acupoint is another wonder point, it is called A Point of Longevity. It is in the stomach meridian and is located below the knee, one finger width lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia and four finger widths below the lower border of the patella.

Zusanli Acupoint – A Point of LongevityMassaging this acupoint on both legs regularly with your hands can not only relieve headaches but also:

  • Enhance your gut health and digestive function.
  • Improve your physical stamina.
  • Relieve arthritic pain.
  • Boost your immunity.


When you wake up in the morning, you notice a strange taste in your mouth, what does it mean? Different tastes in your mouth especially right after you wake up indicate potential health challenges. Let’s dive into it.
A sour taste in the mouth indicates digestive issues and liver stagnation. You may have acid reflux, indigestion, and inflammation in your GI tract. It is recommended to eat your supper early, at least 3 hours before you go to bed, you should seek health professionals to further investigate the causes.

Here are some tips to get your stomach back on track fast.

A bitter taste in the mouth indicates gallbladder inflammation, gallstones, and digestive issues. It is important to cleanse your liver and gallbladder to improve the situation.

Sweat is considered normal and healthy if you are doing exercise or in hot weather, but excess sweat without environmental triggers indicates potential health challenges, let’s dive into it.


Sweat on the Forehead
This may be an indication of unproductive thyroid or liver function and weak digestive function. This can also be triggered by a hot temper, which is linked to the emotional aspect of the liver. It is a good idea to do a blood test to check your liver enzymes such as ALP, AST, ALT, and GGT, and thyroid function such as TSH, T3, and T4, and reversed T3. If your thyroid function and liver function are normal, you should work on your diet and limit fatty food, add more fresh vegetables to your diet, and go organic as much as you can to limit toxins from pesticides and herbicides that can impact your liver function and gut health. Reducing stress and getting in touch with nature will help balance the energy flow in the liver meridian and bring calmness and inner peace to the body and mind.


Sweat on the Nose
This may be linked to weak lung function, especially energy deficiency in the lung meridian. Individuals may experience emotional stress such as sadness and sorrow in life that can impact lung function. Chronic stress and overwork can also drain the energy in your lung meridian. Develop a healthy lifestyle and balance your work with adequate exercise and sleep, these are the keys to maintaining your health in general. Food with white colors such as pears and mushrooms helps soothe the lungs. Deep breathing exercise is a great way to boost the energy flow in your lung meridian. You can check my previous video on different types of breathing exercises, I will add the link in the description box below. Astragalus is an excellent herb from TCM that can strengthen the energy flow in your lung meridian and boost immunity.


Sweat on the Chest and Back
This may be linked to digestive issues and weak energy flow in the heart meridian. Sweat on the back indicates the Yang energy deficiency due to stress and lack of rest. It is a good idea to improve your digestion with a healthy daily routine, drink clean water, eat organic food, and limit gluten, dairy, and sugar in general to protect your gut health. Your immunity is closely linked to your gut health because over 70% of immune cells are located in your gut. Your gut health is the foundation of your overall health.


Stress and overthinking can not only affect your gut but also your heart due to the lack of inner peace. Breathwork and meditation are great ways to enhance your gut health and strengthen your heart. Adequate sleep is critical to restoring energy in your body and preventing burnout. Ginseng is a great remedy in TCM to improve the energy flow in your heart meridian and enhance your immunity. Here are different types of breathwork that you can practice to improve your health in many ways.

Sweat on the hands

Sweat on the Hands and the Sole of the Feet
This may be related to weak digestion, anemia, and emotional sensitivity. This is often seen when people are nervous or very emotional. In TCM, the spleen meridian helps distribute fluids in the body. In Western medicine, the lymphatic system helps redistribute fluids in the body. Basically, both are speaking about the lymphatic system, you may have lymphatic congestion in this case, which affects your detoxification and drainage. The lymphatic system is also linked to our immunity because the lymph fluid carries the immune cells through the body. It is important to keep your gut health in check and have regular bowel function. Belly massage is a great way to improve your gut health and calm your nervous system because your gut is the extension of your central nervous system. You can check my video on this.


Sweat on the Neck
This may indicate hormonal imbalance, and this is especially common for women entering menopause or perimenopause, many women experience night sweats on the neck as part of menopause symptoms. Schizandra berries are a popular herb in TCM that helps reduce excessive sweat because it is an adrenal adaptogen. Schisandra gets its name due to its complex taste; it holds five distinct flavor properties: bitter, sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. Each of these flavors corresponds to particular actions in the body. Schisandra berry is one of the rare herbs that contain all five flavors. This is why schisandra is sometimes called “the five-flavored berry.” This makes Schisandra berry so precious because it can benefit multiple systems due to its unique taste, which means it works in multiple meridians within the body to restore the internal balance of energy. It can help restore kidney, heart, spleen, and lung health, and boost liver health. Schisandra berries reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, sweating, and heart palpitations.

Here are more tips on how to balance your hormones.


Let’s talk about how to decode different colors in your sweat. The normal color of your sweat should be colorless. If your sweat looks yellow, it may indicate liver and gallbladder issues; if the color of your sweat looks dark, it may be related to your kidneys, it is important to do a thorough check with a health practitioner to further investigate the potential health challenges and take action accordingly, never ignore the messages from your body because your body is asking help from you.

If you are interested in more self-care tips from the ancient wisdom of TCM, please check the book by Lucy Liu “88 Most Important First-Aid Acupoints for Self-care from TCM”. This book includes 88 most important acupoints (acupressure points) from the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for self-care. It is designed in a beautiful and colorful card fashion, which is very visual and user-friendly to the readers, it is also easy to memorize the information with precise visual aids. This book covers the most common health challenges, such as cold, fever, cough, sore throat, headache, indigestion, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, insomnia, night sweats, computer syndromes, shoulder pain, and back pain. It can also be used to effectively manage chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic pains, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and weight management; and it can also be used for anti-aging purposes and enhancing longevity.

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About the author: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Author and Speaker, Lucy Liu, the founder of optimalhealthsolutions.ca, has gained a good reputation in holistic health after many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner. Lucy has developed a unique and comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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