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Headache


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Discomfort felt in one or more portions of the head. There are many causes of headaches including tension headache, migraine headache, cluster headache, occipital neuralgia or trigeminal neuralgia (specific nerve related pain syndromes). Most headaches are treated with medical therapy.


Notes
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  • Allergies often cause headaches to discover what will trigger an allergy keep a food diary.
  • Blood flow to the brain is lowered is you have a vertebral alignment. Most are caused by wearing high heels and flat feet. Try an adjustment from a Chiropractor for help.
  • Prescription drugs are available to help with headaches.
  • Progesterone cream can help women who have migraines.
  • The most common dangerous gas that causes headaches along with vomiting, nausea, and neurological problems is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.
  • To lessen the consistency of headaches keep a routine with a deep muscle and tissue neck massage and chiropractic adjustments to help.


Advice
  • A headache that gets worse throughout the week should be brought to the attention of a doctor. He may need to do further investigation to discover the cause.
  • Administer a cleansing enema to help detoxify your body. Coffee retention enemas should be used for fasting headaches.
  • At times it may be necessary to eat foods that cause headaches as a result of allergic reaction. Charcoal tablets taken before and after meals (five within an hour before and three after), can help get rid of the allergens. Use a cleansing enema and a coffee retention enema soon after eating to help remove allergens. Charcoal tablets should only be taken occasionally as they remove needed nutrients, as well as toxins.
  • Cardiac headaches can show up after exercise and then disappear. These should be brought to your doctor's attention.
  • Cold compresses placed directly on the place where the pain begins will help ease the pain. It alleviates muscle spasms and makes blood vessels smaller. Cold gel packs and damp wash cloths put into the freezer for ten minutes work well.
  • Consuming a large glass of water every three hours may help to stop a headache when it first begins.
  • Daily fiber and weekly enema treatments are essential. Fiber should be taken at a different time than other supplements and medication.
  • Deep-breathing techniques may eliminate headaches by improving oxygen flow.
  • Develop good posture.
  • Fennel seeds, cherries, almonds, almond milk, parsley, watercress, garlic and pineapple can help prevent headaches. Smaller meals and snacks throughout the day will help keep blood sugar balanced, and hopefully, diminish the number of headaches you experience.
  • Getting enough sleep is extremely important. If you are having trouble sleeping, try taking inositol or calcium before going to bed. Half of a grapefruit can also aid in sleep. Avoid sweets after 5:00 p.m.
  • Headaches can be the sign of a more serious problem. See your doctor if they persist and if you find yourself using acetaminophen, aspirin, or other painkillers more than four times a week. Long-term use of these methods can harm your body and weaken your brain's ability to fight headaches.
  • High-estrogen birth control pills may cause headaches. Try another pill with less estrogen or find another method of contraception. Lack of vitamin B6, often caused by oral contraceptives, can contribute to migraines and headaches.
  • Homeopathic remedies can be used for specific types of headaches. Severe pain on the right side can be helped by Belladonna. Tension headaches can be relieved by Natrum muriaticum. Use Sanguinaria for sharp, splitting headaches. For sinus pain, use Arsenicum album, kali bichromium, Mecurius solubilis, and Pulsatilla.
  • Identify foods that trigger headaches. Most headache-inducing foods contain tyramine (aspartame, monosodium glutamate, lunch meat, hot dogs, etc.) or phenylalanine (bananas, cheese, citrus fruits, peanut butter, chicken, alcoholic beverages, cold cuts, sour cream, vinegar, wine, fresh-baked yeast products, herring, onions, pork, smoked fish, chocolate, etc.) A dull headache may be caused by tyramine.
  • Keeping a headache journal for two months to show to your doctor is a good idea for anyone who has headaches frequently. Record the time of the headache, where it is located, if it is dull or throbbing pain, how severe it is, and how long it lasts.
  • Protein should be a part of every meal. Make sure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet. Chewing gum, ice cream, salt, and iced beverages, along with too much sun, can contribute to headaches.
  • Relieve tension headaches with acupressure by placing your thumb under your skull on the back of your neck for a minute or two.
  • Sinus headaches can be relieved by facial massage. Massage area above and under your eyes. Help with drainage by leaning forward. Steam inhalation or heat on the sinuses can help ease pain and encourage drainage.
  • Tension headaches can be relieved by using a hot water bottle, heating pad, or hot towel on the neck and shoulders.
  • The following symptoms in addition to a headache should be brought to a doctor's attention: confusion or loss of speech, blurred vision, light sensitivity, stiff neck and fever, pressure behind eyes that is alleviated after vomiting, sinus pressure, throbbing head and temples, pounding heartbeat, visual changes in color, head feeling like it will explode. The following conditions require immediate attention: a headache that comes on suddenly and severely and feels like a thunderclap, headache that follows a head injury or bump, and increased pain after coughing, exertion, sudden movement, or straining.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.
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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Cayenne (capsicum)
Type: Internal
Purposes: Cayenne is thought to start the release of endorphins by the brain. Endorphins are chemicals that alleviate pain and has been found helpful in treating cluster headaches. It is also said to improve blood circulation and thins the blood.

Chamomile
Type: Internal
Purposes: This natural sedative soothes nerves, relieves tension and soothes muscles.

Ginger, Peppermint Oil, and Wintergreen
Type: External
Purposes: These three herbs make a wonderful, soothing rub that relieves tension headaches. When topically treating migraines, gently massage potion made from these herbs on the affected areas. Also useful in treating sinus headaches, just massage the potion across the sinus area.

Ginkgo biloba
Type: Internal
Purposes: Increases the circulation of blood and oxygen to the brain and is thought to be beneficial in treating headaches.

Guarana
Type: Internal
Purposes: This herb is found in the Amazon rainforest and contains alkaloids, theobromine, and theophylline that stimulate the central nervous system and have been beneficial in relieving cluster headaches.

Ginger
Type: Internal
Purposes: Has pain-killing benefits for treatment of migraine headaches.

Jamaica Dogweed
Type: Internal
Purposes: This herb has been beneficial in treating sinus headaches.

Kava Kava
Type: Internal
Purposes: Due to its sedative properties it has been beneficial in treating tension headaches.

Meadowsweet
Type: Internal
Purposes: Has anti-inflammatory properties.

Periwinkle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Increases the circulation of blood and oxygen to the brain and is thought to be beneficial in treating headaches.

Skullcap
Type: Internal
Purposes: Contains the flavonoid, scutellarein, that is believed to act as a natural sedative and stimulates the brain to produce more endorphins, thus inducing a feeling of calm. It is thought to be a remedy for controlling nervous irritation and nervous headaches. It is also an antispasmodic, and has been useful in relieving headaches caused by muscular tension and spasms.

Valerian Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Valerian Root is considered an analgesic with pain relieving qualities that are beneficial for relieving headaches.

Bringham, Burdock Root, Fenugreek, Feverfew, Goldenseal, Lavender, Lobelia, Marshmallow, Mint, Rosemary, skullcap, and Thyme
Type: Internal
Purposes: These twelve herbs have beneficial properties that reduce pain and headaches.
Cautions: Feverfew should not be taken if you are pregnant. Do not use goldenseal for more than seven days, and don't take it if you are pregnant. Check with your doctor if you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma. If allergic to ragweed, use Goldenseal with caution.