Cold, Wet Hair & Migraines

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

In Chinese medicine, when we treat headaches, we first search for the reason why. We all know that taking an ibeuprofen might temporarily reduce the inflammation and pain, but does it prevent headaches from coming back? No. While it can be convenient to have a quick pain-reliever in the moment you are experiencing a headache or migraine, the reason why you are having the headache has not been addressed. Many headaches are caused by chronic neck and shoulder tension, stress, hypertension, sinus problems or past head trauma. While we can treat these problems successfully with acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine, first find out if these two causes could be the major culprit.


When treating patients, I first try to rule out any causes that could be a true quick fix, long-term solution. One of these is wet hair. While taking a Chinese medicine course with the wonderful and brilliant Chinese herbalist, Jimmy Wei-Yin Chang, he spoke about advising patients with chronic headaches and/or neck pain to use a hair dryer instead of letting wet hair dry on its own. Not only is this a cheap and easy solution, it actually works! Over the years, I have noticed many of my chronic headache and migraine patients showing up to their treatments every time with wet hair. While it may seem like an old wive's tale, there is actually science that backs this up.