Let’s suppose that you have a headache and drop by my clinic. You ask me why some pain killers work and sometimes not. In my old experience, it is natural because there are various causes of headaches. In Oriental Medicine, Six Pathogens are the main causes of all kinds of diseases. They are Wind, Cold, Heat, Dampness, Dryness, and Fire. Each one can cause a headache and headache can be located in different places depending on which organs a pathogen invades. More than a single pathogen might attack one organ, two organs, or more and headaches can occur in frontal, temporal or occipital area.
There are two types of organs. Yang organs include the large intestine, small intestine, gall bladder, urinary bladder, stomach, and triple burner. Yin organs include the heart, lung, liver, pericardium, spleen, and kidney. Each organ is inside the body and is connected to a channel outside on the skin. Because the inside of the body is connected to the outside, an inside disorder can be manifested out, and an outside disorder can affect the inside. For these reasons, Acupuncturists put needles on the skin to affect the organs’ channels for treating diseases.