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Virtually everyone gets a headache at one time or another. Headaches are as common - and as difficult to cure - as the common cold and flu. Headache experts estimate about 90-percent of all headaches are tension headaches and 6-percent are migraines. Tension headaches, as the name implies, are caused by muscular tension. Migraines result from a disturbance in the blood circulation to the brain. Another type of headache is the cluster headache. These are severe, recurring headaches that strike about 1 million Americans, and are widely considered to be the most painful type of headache.
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HEADACHE FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Headaches that occur often may be a sign of an underlying health problem. Symptoms will vary depending upon the type of headache and the cause. See some of the causes below for more information.
TYPES OF HEADACHES
Headaches come in a number of forms, differentiated by their causes and specific symptoms. The appropriate treatment depends on the type of headache. The table below lists some of the more common types of headaches and possible treatments for them.
TYPE OF HEADACHE SYMPTOMS CAUSES TREATMENT Aneurysm-Associated Headache
Early symptoms mimic those of cluster headaches and migraines. If an aneurysm ruptures, it can cause sudden extreme pain, double vision, rigid neck, and stroke leading to unconsciousness
A balloon-like bulge or weak spot on a blood vessel wall; high blood pressure.
Keep blood pressure low. If found early, surgery may be necessary.
Pain in the back of the head or neck, made worse by movement, inflammation of joints and shoulder and/or neck muscles.
Take feverfew supplements. Caution Do not use feverfew during pregnancy.
Dull pain in forehead and throbbing temples.
Indigestion; overeating; lack of exercise.
Colon cleansing may be helpful. See Colon Cleansing for more information.
Throbbing pain caused by blood vessels that have dilated.
Ingest a small amount of caffeine, then taper off.
Similar to common migraine, but preceded by auras such as visual disturbances, numbness in arms or legs, smelling of strange odors, hallucinations.
Excessive dilation or contraction of blood vessels of the brain.
See Migraine for more information.
Severe, throbbing pain on one side of the head, flushing of the face, tearing of eyes, nasal congestion, occurring 1 to 3 times a day over a period of weeks or months and lasting from a few minutes to several hours each time.
Stress, alcohol, smoking.
Take supplemental L-Tyrosine, DL-Phenylalanine, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, L-Glutamine, Quercetin. Caution: Do not take L-tyrosine if you are taking a MAO inhibitor drug. Do not take phenylalanine if you are pregnant or suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or phenylketonuria (PKU)
Severe throbbing pain, often on one side of the head, nausea, vomiting, cold hands, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sounds.
Excessive dilation or contraction of blood vessels of the brain.
See Migraine for more information.
Generalized headache during or after physical exertion such as running or sexual intercourse, or passive exertion such as sneezing or coughing.
Usually related to migraine or cluster headaches. About 10 percent are related to organic diseases such as tumors or blood vessel malformation.
Take nutritional supplements; apply cold packs at the site of pain.
Usually bilateral, frontal pain.
Eye muscle imbalance; uncorrected vision; astigmatism.
Headache develops with fever due to inflammation of blood vessels of the head.
Reduce fever, apply ice packs.
Migraine-like, with throbbing pain and nausea.
Alcohol causes dehydration and dilation of blood vessels in the brain.
Drink plenty of quality water and fruit juices. Apply ice to neck. See Hangover for more information and relief tips.
Strikes just before mealtime due to low blood sugar, muscle tension, and rebound dilation of blood vessels.
Skipping meals; too-stringent dieting.
Eat regular meals with adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates and protein. See Hypoglycemia for more information.
Dull, generalized pain affecting a large area of the head and aggravated by movement or exertion.
Severe high blood pressure.
Get blood pressure under control. See Hypertension for more information.
Migraine-like pain shortly before, during, or after menstruation, or at midcycle, at time of ovulation.
Variation in estrogen levels.
Take supplements of vitamin B-6, potassium, and extra magnesium.
Gnawing, nagging pain over nasal/sinus area, often increasing in severity as the day goes by. Fever and discolored mucus may be present.
Allergies, infection, nasal polyps, food allergies. Often caused by blocked sinus ducts or acute sinus infection.
Jabbing, burning, boring pain; pain in temple or around ear on chewing; weight loss; problems with eyesight. Usually seen in people over 55.
Inflammation of temporal arteries.
Consult a health care provider for steroid therapy.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Headache
Temporal, above ear, or facial pain, muscle contraction of one side of the face; clicking or popping of jaw; neck or upper back pain; temple pain upon awakening.
Stress, malocclusion (poor bite), jaw clenching, gum chewing.
Reduce stress; use relaxation techniques, biofeedback, nutritional supplements, ice packs. See TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome for more information.
Tension (Stress) Headache
Constant pain, in one area or all over the head; sore muscles with trigger points in the neck and upper back; lightheadedness, dizziness. The most common type of headache.
Emotional stress, anxiety, worry, depression, anger, food allergies, poor posture.
Apply ice packs on neck and upper back, take supplements of vitamin C with bioflavonoids, DLPA, bromelain, magnesium, and primrose oil. See Stress for more information.
Short, jabbing pains around the mouth, jaw, or forehead. More common in women over 55 years of age.
Take nutritional supplements. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
Progressively worsening pain; projectile problems with vision, speech, and equilibrium; personality problems.
Surgery and/or radiation.
Throbbing on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and often nausea. Related to cluster headaches and migraines.
Disturbances in the blood vessels.
Lie down and keep your blood pressure under control.
Common causes of headache include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension).
- Allergies, including food allergies. People who suffer from frequent headaches may be reacting to certain foods and food additives, such as wheat, chocolate, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sulfites (used in restaurants on salad bars), sugar, hot dogs, luncheon meats, dairy products, nuts, citric acid, fermented foods (cheeses, sour cream, yogurt), alcohol, vinegar, and/or marinated foods.
- Constipation and bowel problems.
- Coffee consumption.
- Hunger and/or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
- Sinus pressure, sinusitis.
- Diseases of the eye, nose, and throat.
- Muscle tension.
- Hormonal imbalances, including hormonal fluctuations found in premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, pregnancy and postpartum (after the baby is born), and hormone or estrogen replacement therapy (HRT/ERT) and the use of birth control pills, patches, or injections.
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.
- Bruxism (tooth grinding).
- Spinal misalignment (subluxation).
- Trauma to the head.
- Brain disorders, such as tumors.
- Nutritional deficiencies.
- Alcohol use (hangover).
- Drug use and drug side effects.
- Toxic overdoses of vitamin A, vitamin B deficiency.
- Tobacco use (smoking).
- Exposure to irritants, such as pollution or chemical fume exposure, perfume, or after-shave.
- Dehydration can also cause headaches, often accompanied by a feeling of being flushed, a warm face, and a sense of heaviness in the head. See Dehydration for more information.
- Migraines result from a disturbance in the blood circulation in the head.
For environmental allergies: See Hayfever and Allergies for tips on allergy proofing your environment.
For food allergies, avoid the foods that cause your allergy symptoms by carefully reading ingredient labels and asking about the food preparation methods when dining out. Choose fresh foods rather than prepared or processed foods. Avoid foods that contain MSG and sulfites. Avoid food "triggers". See Allergies for more information.
Avoid drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use. If you have headaches as a result of a side effect of a drug, consult with your health care provider to see if you can have your dosage or medication changed. See Hangover for helpful tips.
Avoid chemicals and other irritants that may trigger headaches. See Environmental Toxicity for more information.
Unstress and reduce life tensions as much as possible. Learn relaxation techniques and practice meditation regularly. Get a good massage to help relax and eliminate tensions that build up in the muscles of the head, neck, back and other parts of the body. This will also help with high blood pressure problems. See Stress for more information.
If you have problems with your spine, visit your chiropractor regularly. Inquire about using exercises that can help build up weak back and neck muscles. See Chiropractic for more information.
Visit your health care provider to determine underlying health problems that may need attention.
To prevent headaches, eat small meals and eat between meals to help stabilize wide swings in blood sugar. Eat a well balanced, nutritious diet daily. Include Almonds & Almond Milk, Watercress, Parsley, Fennel, Garlic, Cherries, and Pineapple in your diet. Avoid getting anemia, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), bowel problems and constipation, and nutritional deficiencies. Avoid the overuse of nutritional supplements (such as Vitamin A). Be aware of dosages, if you do use nutritional supplements.
Get moderate exercise (regular walking is good), plenty of fresh air, and drink plenty of quality water daily.
Avoid using birth control that involves hormones, such as birth control pills, patches, or injections. Avoid hormone replacement therapy or estrogen replacement therapy. If you must use hormonal birth control, ask you health care provider to switch you to a low-estrogen formulation or going off the pills for a while. Oral contraceptives can cause a Vitamin B-6 deficiency that results in headaches and migraines.
HEADACHE CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
Your description of your headaches will help your health care provider to make the diagnosis. The time and pattern of attacks are very important, so keep a diary of your pain. Family members or others who see you during a headache can also help by telling your health care provider how you look and act. Do not be embarrassed to tell your health care provider about your attempts to relieve the pain (such as banging your head against furniture). These attempts are common, and talking about them will help your health care provider judge how severe the headaches are.
Your health care provider will also give you a physical exam. Tests will probably not be needed to diagnose certain type of headaches (such as cluster headaches), but your health care provider may order tests to rule out other illnesses.
The most common type of headache is Tension Headache. These are often dull, oppressive pain occurring in the back of the head and neck or in the forehead and spreads throughout the head. Tension headaches generally develop gradually, often involve the entire head as well as the neck and shoulders. They probably are not actually caused by increased muscle tension, although muscle relaxation techniques can be very useful in treatment. Stress or bad posture can contribute to their occurrence. Most people get tension headaches occasionally and these can usually be treated simply. Some people get them often, but there are usually some useful interventions to help decrease the number of sick days.
SIMPLE HEADACHES have hammering, buzzing, pulsing in the head. Causes may be stress, sensitivity to weather or changes in atmospheric pressure, high blood pressure, fever or lack of oxygen.
MIGRAINE HEADACHES are "bad headaches." With classic migraine, the headache is preceded by a feeling that a headache will develop (prodrome) followed by visual phenomena such as dark or bright spots, streaks of light, or tunnel vision (aura). The headache then develops, usually on one side. It is throbbing in nature, accompanied by nausea and increased sensitivity to light and noise.
Most people with migraine headaches do not experience prodrome or aura. Common migraine headache, like classic migraine headache is treatable and often preventable. Hereditary factors or circulatory disturbances in the brain are common causes.
Migraineurs, those who develop migraine headaches often have a family history of migraine headache and they have headache triggers. People who get headaches when they do not have enough of their daily caffeine are migraineurs. They would have fewer migraines if they completely eliminated caffeine. Chocolate, red wines, nuts and cheeses are common food triggers. Migraines before or during menstrual periods are common. Not all migraineurs get terrible headaches, but some certainly do. Migraine is an important cause of lost days of school, work and enjoyment.
Women who smoke and who experience migraine headaches with aura have more than twice the risk of stroke if they take estrogen-containing birth control pills than those who use non-estrogen-based contraception. Changing to a non-estrogen or very low-estrogen contraceptive not only can reduce the risk of stroke but can dramatically decrease the number of headaches.
CLUSTER HEADACHES are headaches lasting a few minutes to several hours, but it usually lasts for 30 to 45 minutes. Cluster headaches typically occur day after day at the same or a similar time each day over a period of several weeks, until the "cluster period" is over. Cluster periods usually last 4 to 8 weeks and may occur every few months. At other times, no cluster headaches will occur.
They are a sharp, piercing, burning pain and start suddenly. People with cluster headaches often describe the pain as similar to an icepick. The pain is usually behind or around one eye and is very severe. The eye and nose on the same side as the pain may become red, swollen and runny. Cluster headaches also cause restlessness. These headaches can be frightening to the sufferer and his or her family.
The cause of cluster headaches is not known. Cluster headaches do not appear to be related to other illnesses or to diseases of the brain. They do not seem to run in families but they are more common in men, and are more difficult to treat than most headaches. Interestingly, oxygen therapy will often stop a daily cluster headache. Many of the medications used to prevent or treat migraine headaches are used to treat cluster headaches.
During a cluster period, it is important to keep to your usual routine, remain calm and avoid changing your sleep pattern. Once a cluster period has started, a change in sleep pattern, particularly taking an afternoon nap, seems to bring on the headaches. Drinking alcohol will also bring on headaches during cluster periods. This happens very quickly -- before you finish the first drink. Alcohol should be completely avoided until the cluster period is over. Stress may bring on attacks, and the headaches may start when you are relaxing after a stressful time.
COMBINATION HEADACHES are dull oppressive pain that usually begins in the morning and reoccurs between migraine attacks. Cause is unknown.
SINUS HEADACHES are those frontal headaches that some people experience with sinus infection and with changes in the weather. Allergies can also provoke them.
MEDICAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEADACHES
Twenty million Americans see their health care providers each year because of a headache. Although headaches can be very uncomfortable and temporarily disabling, most are not associated with serious illness. They can often be relieved by resting in a quiet room or by taking a non-prescription pain killer such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
When a person has a headache, several areas of the head can hurt, including a network of nerves that extends over the scalp and certain nerves in the face, mouth and throat. Rarely, headache is a symptom of a dangerous condition such cerebral aneurysm, brain tumor, stroke, TIA, meningitis, or encephalitis. Very high blood pressure can cause headaches and this situation is a medical emergency. However, high blood pressure usually causes no symptoms at all, despite the damage that years of high blood pressure can do to blood vessels, heart, brain, and kidneys. If you have any doubt about your headache, contact your health care provider.
Always seek and treat the cause of the headache, not the symptom. Long-term over-reliance on aspirin, acetaminophen, and other non-prescription pain killers can make chronic headaches worse by interfering with the brain's natural ability to fight headaches. If you are using non-prescription pain killers more than 4 times a week, talk to your health care provider about other ways to control the pain.
If you suffer from headaches while taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or estrogen replacement therapy (ERT), talk to your health care provider about switching to a low-estrogen formulation or going off the pills for a while. Oral contraceptives can cause a Vitamin B-6 deficiency that results in headaches and migraines.
Women who suffer from migraines may benefit from using Progesterone cream topically.
HEALTH HABITS & LIFESTYLE CHOICES
To avoid headaches, employ good health habits. These include adequate sleep, healthy diet, regular exercise and good stress management. Quitting smoking is essential in reducing the risks for all headaches.
People with daily or frequent headaches will be interested to know that there are often very effective methods of headache prevention. Primary prevention is always valuable. Migraineurs can try to avoid triggers. For anyone with frequent headaches, stress management and improvement of overall fitness through diet and exercise are important. Tobacco cessation can be extremely effective in decreasing headache frequency, even though headaches may at first intensify.
RELAXATION & STRESS REDUCTION
Relaxation and related stress reduction therapies can diminish the frequency and intensity of headaches. Alternative therapies used for headache management include hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, visualization and guided imagery, acupuncture, acupressure, yoga and other physical relaxation exercises.
Any over-the-counter pain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium or acetaminophen can be very useful. No one medication has ever been proven to be more effective than the other, though there is great variability in effectiveness from person to person. There is no difference in composition or effectiveness between migraine-formula over-the-counter preparations and their non-migraine brand names, other than the higher cost of the migraine-formula brands. Narcotics such as codeine and Demerol are generally not useful for treating headache and are seldom prescribed for it any more.
The drug sumatriptan (Imatrex) is sometimes prescribed for relief of migraines. This drug works by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain. It is relatively expensive, however, and must be administered by injection (it is sold in the form of a home injection kit). Possible side effects include increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and a feeling of tightness in the chest, jaw, or neck.
Some health care providers prescribe the drug Lidocaine (Anestacon, Xylocaine) for cluster headaches. Used in nose drop form, it gives relief in minutes.
There have been dramatic improvements in very selective medications that can be taken to stop migraine headaches. These are available by prescription only and are generally not effective for non migraine headaches.
Virtually any of the headache medications, prescription or over-the-counter, can actually cause headaches if taken on a daily basis. Too much acetaminophen can damage the liver and too much aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium can damage kidneys and cause ulcers.
There are many different groups of medications that are also used to decrease headache frequency. Tricyclics, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and neuroleptics are classes of medications that contain useful preventive drugs. All are available by prescription only.
Several treatments are available for cluster headaches. It is important to work with your health care provider to talk about side effects of different medicines, pick the right treatment for you and set up a schedule for taking the medicines your health care provider prescribes. Your health care provider will probably prescribe 2 medicines. One medicine is taken regularly during a cluster period to reduce the number of headaches. In order for the medicine to work, the level of the drug in your blood must be high at the time your attacks usually start. The second medicine is taken to relieve the pain when a cluster headache occurs. Attacks begin too quickly for you to reach medical help. You must be ready to take this medicine as soon as an attack begins. You may want to teach family members about your headaches and medicines so that they will be able to help you when you have an attack.
Medicines taken by mouth work too slowly to give relief for cluster headaches. For this reason, your health care provider may prescribe a medicine that is taken by inhaler, as an injection (a "shot") or as a rectal suppository. Other treatments that work for some people are rapidly breathing pure oxygen through a mask or using a local anesthetic (numbing medicine) in their nose. Some health care providers prescribe the drug lidocaine (Anestacon, Xylocaine) for cluster headaches. Used in nose drop form, it gives relief in minutes.
In one study, twenty adults suffering from long-term cluster headaches squirted a Capsaicin solution in their nose daily for five days. Within ten days of the last dose, there was a 67-percent drop in the number of cluster attacks.
Although cluster headaches are very painful, with the right treatment most people cope very well. Preventive medicines work well to reduce the number of headaches during cluster periods. When a cluster headache does occur, medicines can greatly shorten the headache and reduce its severity. It is important that you work with your health care provider to find the right treatment for you.
HOME HEADACHE TREATMENT
Apply cold compresses to the spot from which the pain is radiating. This helps relieve headaches by constricting blood vessels and easing muscle spasms. Leave a damp washcloth in the freezer for 10 minutes or use a cold gel-pack.
Use a heating pad, hot water bottle, or hot towel to relax neck and shoulder muscles, which can cause muscle contraction headaches when they are too tight.
For headaches caused by sinus congestion, try self-massage. By applying pressure to specific areas of the head, you can open up the sinuses and ease tension. Rub the area surrounding the bones just above and below the eyes, and massage the cheeks directly in line with these points. Lean your head forward slightly to facilitate sinus drainage. Applying heat to the sinuses, either with compresses or with steam inhalation, can also be beneficial.
Be sure to get sufficient sleep. Inositol, Tryptophan, and/or Calcium, if taken before bedtime, aid sleeping. A Grapefruit half also helps. Do not eat sweet fruit or anything else sweet after 5:00 P.M. Inositol and/or Calcium, if taken before bedtime, aid sleeping.
If you must eat a food to which you suspect you may be sensitive, use Charcoal Tablets (from a health food store or online). Take 5 tablets within an hour before eating, and 3 tablets after eating. As soon as possible, take a cleansing enema and a coffee retention enema. See Enemas for more information. If you have severe headaches after consuming a food, this will relieve it quickly by eliminating the allergenic substances. Do not take charcoal tablets daily, however, as they also absorb the good nutrients.
If you get a headache every time you exercise, see your health care provider to rule out heart problems. A headache that begins with exercise and then subsides after rest can be a cardiac headache.
If you suffer from more than the occasional tension headache, keep a headache log or journal to help your health care provider diagnose your condition. Keep the log for at least two months, noting the time of each headache, description of the pain (throbbing or dull), its severity, location, and duration. You might note the activity you were doing as well as your most recent meal (in case the headache was brought on by stress, exercise, or a food sensitivity.)
Always seek and treat the cause of your headache, not the symptom. Long-term overreliance on aspirin, acetaminophen, and other non-prescription pain-killer medications can make chronic headaches worse by interfering with the brain's natural ability to fight headaches. If you are using non-prescription medications more than 4 times per week, talk to your health care provider about other ways to control the pain.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Pain Control
Acupressure is helpful for tension headaches and pain. Take your thumb and press firmly underneath your skull, at the back of your neck, for one to two minutes. See acupressure below for more information about where and how to do this therapy.
For headaches caused by sinus congestion, try self-massage. by applying pressure to specific areas of the head, you can open up the sinuses and ease tension. Rub the area surrounding the bones just above and below the eyes, and massage the cheeks slightly in line with these points. Lean your head forward slightly to facilitate sinus drainage. Applying heat to the sinuses, either with compresses or with steam inhalation, can also be beneficial. See acupressure below for more information about where and how to do massage.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Steam Inhalation Therapy
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Hot & Cold Therapy
ACUPRESSURE OR ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture should only be performed by qualified acupuncturists. It can be of great benefit for chronic pain disorders.
Acupressure massage can be performed by you or someone else assisting you. Use your thumb and index finger to press against various points such as the bridge of your nose at the corners of your eyes, or rub the center of the fleshy webbing between your index finger and thumb. It's important to drink plenty of warm water after the massage, helps to clear away toxic substances in our body. Acupressure requires no needles and can be performed as needed at home or any other place a headache comes on.
Try these following techniques for headache relief. Hold each acupressure point for up to two minutes.
Step 1: Place your index fingers under the top bone of your eye sockets near your nose. Apply pressure.
Step 2: Slide your fingers to the top of your eye sockets. Apply pressure. Move your fingers to the side of your eye sockets toward the outside of your eye. Apply pressure again.
Step 3: Press your fingers between and about 1/4 inch above your eyebrows. Apply pressure. Slide your fingers up 1 inch, and apply pressure.
Step 4: Move your fingers up your forehead, applying pressure about every inch. Work your fingers in a straight line up over the top of your skull, continuing to administer pressure to points about every inch.
Step 5: Massage at one inch points in a straight line down the back of your head toward your neck. Continue down your neck with the massage until you reach your shoulders.
ACUPRESSURE FOR RELIEVING HEADACHES
ACUPRESSURE FOR RELIEVING HEADACHES
1. Head Acupressure Point (Gb20):
Time needed: 1 to 2 minutes.
Benefits: Relieves and prevents headache, particularly in the temple region and on the sides of your head.
How: Standing, sitting or lying on your back. Put your hands on your head and use your thumbs to locate the depressions at the base of your skull, about 6 cm (2 inches) out from the middle of your neck. The points are just to the outside of the large muscles running down the side your neck. Press your thumbs in and slightly upward in the direction of your eyes. Press until you feel no more than a comfortable pain, then hold the pressure while you knead the points in very small circular movements for 1 to 2 minutes.
Tips: Close your eyes and focus on the points as you press them; if the points are very tender ease off the pressure a bit.
2. Hand Acupressure Point (Co4 - Large Intestine 4, also known as Hoku)):
Note: Not to be pressed during pregnancy (particularly in last trimester) as it can stimulate uterine contractions.
Time needed: 2 to 3 minutes
Benefits: A major acupressure point to relieve general head and face pain, e.g. headache, toothache, sinus pain.
How: The point is located on both hands, about 3 to 4 cm (1.5 inches) in from the edge of the webbing between your thumbs and index fingers. Put your left thumb on the right hand point and your left index finger on the other (palm) side of the webbing to create a pinching technique. Squeeze and massage the point in very small circular movements for 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat on the other hand.
Tips: Press and knead these points anytime you have pain in your head or face; close your eyes and focus on the points as you press them.
If you have yet to try acupressure for relieving headaches then learn the above two points.
USING ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES FOR ASSISTING HEALTH PROBLEMS
Acupressure massage promotes blood and energy flows, smoothes meridians and regulates organs, and thus benefits the overall physical condition. By selecting the appropriate acupoints and techniques, acupressure massage can be an effective complementary treatment for many health problems. Generally, you just need to select an appropriate massage plan that suits your health need, perform it in the morning and evening and make it last 20 to 30 minutes each time. When kneading or pressing on particular points, there should be enough force to bring about numbness or soreness, while rubbing or wiping should create a feeling of warmth. This section introduces massage plans for some common headache problems, which are recommended to be used once or twice a day or as needed.
ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE TO RELIEVE HEADACHE
A headache is a symptom of many acute and chronic conditions. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) claims that headache is either due to pathogenic obstructions or inadequate nourishment in the head region. Acupressure massage is most suited for headache due to flu, migraine or muscular tension. See chart above for step numbers to match instructions below.
1. Press and knead between the eyebrows 30 times.
2. Wipe the forehead with the middle knuckles of the index fingers, 30 times.
3. Thumb-knead the temples 30 times, then wipe back towards the hairline 30 times.
4. Press and knead the depressions below the occipital bone (Gb20), at the bottom of the skull, 30 times.
5. Clench the fists and beat the middle of the back of the opposite shoulder (Gb21), 15 times on each side.
6. Nip and knead the middle part of the palm web, between the thumb and the index finger (Li4), 30 times on each hand.
Add the following steps for individuals with:
7. Use the middle fingers to knead the corners of the forehead inside the hairline (St8), 30 times. Firmly wipe again the temple of the affected side, 20 times. Nip and knead the back of forearm 2-finger-breadths above the wrist (Sj5), 30 times on each side. Nip and knead on the back of the palm between the ring and little finger (Sj3), 30 times on each side.
Headache Located In The Crown:
8. Knead the center of the crown of the head (Du20), 30 times.
9. Knead the front of the forearm, 2-finger-breadths above the midline of the wrist (Pc6), 30 times on each side.
10. Knead the dorsum of the foot in the depression between the big toe and the second toe (Lr3), 30 times on each side.
11. Rub the center of the sole of the foot (Kl1), 30 times on each side.
Headache Located In The Back Of The Neck:
4. Knead the back of the head with the thumbs, 30 times.
7. Knead the base of the little finger (Si3), 30 times on each side.
RELAXATION & AVOIDANCE OF STIMULI
Create a soothing environment, free of such external stimuli as light and noise. Ventilate the room. A fan will help circulate the air (but don't let it blow directly on you). Close the windows and draw the blinds / shades. Turn off the radio and TV and unplug the phone. If the area is still noisy, put cotton balls or ear plugs in your ears. Consciously try to relax, preferably with the aid of a relaxation technique, such as yoga.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Relaxation
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Meditation
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Hypnotherapy
Use a homeopathic remedy suitable for the particular headache symptoms you are experiencing.
If you experience a headache that does not subside, but instead progressively worsens over the course of a week, consult your health care provider. This can be a sign of an underlying organic problem such as a tumor.
- Belladonna: Helps with sudden, severe pain that is worse on the right side of the body.
- Natrum Muriaticum: Nat mur is recommended for tension headaches & periodic headaches.
- Sanguinaria: Sanguinaria Canadens (Bloodroot) is good for pain that is sharp and splitting.
- Kali Bichromicum, Arsenicum Album, Mecurius Solubilis, and Pulsatilla all encourage drainage of the sinuses.
- Alpha SH Homeopathic Sinus Headache & Congestion is a homeopathic preparation for headache relief.
TIPS TO EASE ALCOHOL OVERINDULGENCE
Whether it be the onset of the holiday season with the usual invitations to parties and open houses or anytime during the rest of the year in which you may over-indulge in alcoholic beverages, it is always wise to follow a few helpful tips on preventing the hangover headache. The discomfort of the dreaded hangover headache is experienced the morning after because alcohol causes blood vessels to swell or dilate which, in turn, triggers headache pain and may cause slight sweating. The alcohol also acts as a diuretic, which leads to dehydration.
To help avoid or lessen the suffering associated with hangover headache that often accompanies these festivities of overindulgence, here are some common sense advice and a headache-free drink recipe.
If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Try to sip your drink slowly. Mixed drinks containing fruit or vegetable juices will probably have less effect than straight alcohol. Avoid red wine, which contains naturally occurring chemicals called congeners. Congeners impart the specific characteristic tastes to different types of wine and other alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, they also may play a role in causing headaches. Congeners are more common in red than white wine. Also, it is advisable to reduce the actual number of alcoholic beverages you consume. Spend time catching up with an old friend at the snack table with a soda or glass of water.
Eat some Honey. Honey supplies fructose, a sugar that helps the body metabolize the alcohol ingested, is rich in Vitamin B-6 and can reduce any hangover symptoms. Two tablespoons of honey on a cracker or piece of toast, before or after drinking, may prevent a hangover.
Tomato juice, another good source of fructose, also allows the body to burn alcohol faster. The sugar in fruit and fruit juices may also reduce some symptoms of hangover, so consumption of these products can be beneficial.
Drink fluids containing minerals and salts. Liquids rich in minerals and salts offer relief from the dehydration caused by alcohol consumption. A cup of broth or bouillon, for example, will replace fluid and will not cause nausea. In general, replacement of fluids with beverages, such as sports drinks or water, is helpful.
Drink a cup of Coffee. Caffeine may provide some relief in alleviating the headache symptoms and decreasing the duration of pain. The caffeine acts as a vasoconstrictor and eases the dilated blood vessels. Consider drinking a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up in the morning.
Take Ibuprofen. While aspirin is okay, Ibuprofen is typically less irritating to the stomach, and can also ease the pain of hangover headache.
Alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic beverages. Drinking one non-alcoholic beverage between each alcoholic beverage reduces overall alcohol consumption and helps replenish fluids. An easy way to achieve this is when ordering a drink at the bar, ask for a glass of water in addition to your alcoholic beverage of choice.
Eat greasy food before consuming alcohol. While it is wise to be health-conscious and avoid too much of these foods in general, this is a situation where eating fatty foods may be helpful. If consumed prior to drinking alcohol. these foods help line the intestines, which causes alcohol absorption to take longer. In other words, a burger or burrito before your beer or Bloody Mary might be beneficial. It is always a good idea to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages. Never drink on an empty stomach.
A "Champagne Fooler" is a good headache-free recipe substitute for an alcoholic beverage:
1-1/3 cups of Apple Juice
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
12 ounces Club Soda
Chill four glasses. Mix together apple juice and lemon juice. Add club soda and stir gently to blend. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. Yields 4 servings.
While a headache caused by drinking too much may be more common during festive times of the year, chronic headaches can be a problem at any time. Headaches are a legitimate biological disease which are treatable. If you are experiencing headache pain on a routine basis, make a specific appointment with your health care provider to discuss your headache problem and seek accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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Headaches are often caused by allergies. A food diary can help identify offending foods. See Allergies for more information.
Poor vertebral alignment may cause reduced blood to the brain. This is often caused by flat feet or by high heels. Chiropractic adjustment can help. Routine chiropractic spinal manipulation and deep neck muscle massage can reduce the frequency of headaches and the need for pain-relieving medications.
Regular exercise can help prevent headaches caused by tension and may also reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. But headaches with organic causes can be made worse by exercise. Talk to your health care provider about your headaches before using exercise to control the pain.
Researchers are studying the possibility that the trigeminal nerve pathway (the site of the nerve responsible for sensation in the face, mouth, and nasal cavity) and the brain chemical serotonin are factors in severe headaches. Disturbances in serotonin levels increase before onset and then decrease during the headache phase. In chronic tension headaches, serotonin levels remain low all the time. As a result of lower serotonin levels, an impulse moves along the trigeminal nerve to blood vessels in the meninges, the brain's outer covering. This causes blood vessels in the meninges to dilate and become inflamed and swollen. The result is a headache.
There are a number of common misdiagnosis of headache, including sinus pain, allergies, and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). What many people think are sinus headaches are really migraines. Sinus infections can cause brief, intense bouts of head pain, but recurring headaches are more likely to be tension headaches, migraines, or cluster headaches. Facial pain, pain in the temples, or pain above the ear is sometimes diagnosed as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) headache, caused by the joint of the jawbone being out of alignment. But this too may actually be one of the common types of headache, which may be triggered or aggravated by the joint.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause headaches, in addition to nausea, vomiting, and neurological problems. Some 200 Americans die each year, and another 10,000 are treated in emergency rooms for carbon monoxide exposure from leaking furnaces, gas ranges, and water heaters. Early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are sometimes misdiagnosed. One way to protect yourself and your family is to invest in a carbon monoxide detector. These can be purchased at hardware stores or online.
A headache, one of the body's most powerful alarm signals, is often a sign of physical or psychological overload. There are several types of headaches, and they differ according to how and where the pain occurs. These include tension, cluster, simple, combination headaches and migraines (an intense form that is often accompanied by nausea and impaired vision). The pain can be triggered by many things. A common headache cause is tense muscles in the head or neck. Headaches may also be a symptom of stress, caffeine withdrawal, allergies, certain infectious diseases or the result of too much alcohol. Constricted or expanded blood vessels, as well as altered pressure in the head (which may occur when the weather changes), can also produce headaches. Natural methods - including relaxation exercises, massage, and homeopathic remedies - can often be as effective as standard medications in preventing or relieving the pain caused by the different forms of headache.
Headaches can be alleviated by cold compresses, baths, acupressure and relaxation techniques. You should minimize your exposure to external stimuli, exercise in fresh air and abstain from smoking and alcohol. The following herbs may relieve headache pain, depending upon the underlying cause.
Brigham Tea, also called Mormon Tea, was a herb used by early settlers for energy, sinus and lung ailments. Brigham Tea was used anciently to promote circulation.
Burdock Root is traditionally used for skin disorders associated with adolescence. It is also one of the most effective herbs for cleansing the blood without side effects of nausea.
Fenugreek combats diabetes, the fastest growing disease in America by regulating the rate at which the body absorbs sugars. In addition to increasing milk supply of nursing mothers, Fenugreek has been commonly used to treat bronchitis, arthritis, kidney problems, and male reproductive conditions. Numerous studies have also found that Fenugreek can reduce blood sugar and serum cholesterol levels in people with diabetes. Fenugreek is high in fiber so it can be used to treat constipation as well. Steep 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seed in 1 cup of water, covered, for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup a day to help allergy/hay fever symptoms.
Feverfew is an herb which was recommended by herbalists for centuries for sinus-like headaches. Modern science has identified aspirin-like compounds which could reduce inflammation. Do not use Feverfew during pregnancy.
Goldenseal is primarily used as a topical for wounds that are not healing well. It is known is that berberine, a constituent of Goldenseal, has shown strong activity against a wide variety of bacteria and fungi. Goldenseal is most effective by direct contact; however, it can also be effective for sore throats and the digestive tract problems because it can contact the affected area directly. Goldenseal has been used to treat urinary tract infections as well. Often Goldenseal is taken with echinacea as an "immune booster" and antibiotic for the prevention and treatment of colds. Do not take Goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.
Lavender works as an antispasmodic and sedative. This herb has been widely used to relieve headaches, reduce hysteria and stress, eliminate insomnia, soothe muscle aches, bug bites, rashes, colds, chest infections, and rheumatism, and even reduce flatulence. The sedative effects of Lavender have been well documented in medical studies and found to be effective in reducing caffeine induced hyperactivity.
A HELPFUL HEADACHE REMEDY
Run yourself a warm bath to alleviate tension and relax blood vessels. Combine the following essential oils with an emulsifier, such as cream or honey:
3 Drops Chamomile Essential Oil
3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Add the mixture to the bathwater.
Lobelia has been used as a respiratory stimulant for chronic bronchitis and spasmodic asthma. It is also used as a blood cleanser and has been used to lessen the effects of epilepsy, diphtheria, and tonsillitis. The oil of Lobelia has been a valuable resource in treating tetanus. Lobelia is also used as a sedative. Externally, an infusion of Lobelia can be used to treat ophthalmic disorders, and the Lobelia Tincture is used as a topical for sprains, bruises, or skin diseases. It has also been suggested that Lobelia may reduce cravings and nervousness associated with smoking withdrawal. Do not take lobelia on an ongoing basis.
Marshmallow leaves and flower are primarily used to relieve digestive and respiratory problems, such as dry coughs, colds, sore throats, bronchitis, pleurisy, and asthma, but is also recommended for Crohn's disease or ulcers in reducing discomfort, diarrhea, fluid retention, and skin inflammation. This herb has been used to help heal ulcers and the gastric inflammation associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Marshmallow root is used in treating irritated tissues in urinary tract infections such as cystitis, colitis, and diverticulitis. It is used to aid the body in expelling excess fluid and mucus, and soothes and heals skin and mucous membranes. Externally, Marshmallow is used in a poultice to treat skin ulcers and boils.
Peppermint is a home remedy used for indigestion, flatulence, and colic. Chewing fresh Mint leaves will get rid of stale breath. Mint tea works well in treating colds, sore throat, minor mouth or throat irritations, headaches and migraines, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, and stomachache. Peppermint oil has been recognized by Germany's Commission E as effective in treating colicky pain in the digestive tract, specifically irritable bowel syndrome, and in relieving mucus congestion of the lungs and sinuses caused by colds and flu. Some evidence suggests it might be helpful for gallstones and in treating candida infections, but results are not complete at this time. Menthol has antispasmodic qualities that may help relieve menstrual cramps. It is also found in products used for the relief of muscle aches, sprains, and similar conditions.
Rosemary is one of the oldest known medicinal herbs. It was most commonly used to enhance mental functions. The Greeks used it to improve memory. In Medieval times, Europeans were said to have used the herb for mental acuteness and increased intelligence, but it was also used as a cardiac and kidney tonic. Rosemary increases blood flow to the muscles, head, brain, and is effective in reducing the toxic effects of stress. In Europe it is used as an aid to liver function and is particularly useful for ameliorating liver congestion and inflammation. In addition to helping the heart and liver, Rosemary also helps reduce high blood pressure. Other common uses include the treatment of "nerves", digestive disorders, gas, palsy, weak memory, dizziness, migraine, dandruff, jaundice, consumption, and menstrual pains. Rosemary can also stimulate hair growth, restore appetite, and improve sight. Taken in powdered form, it is a helpful remedy for migraines.
Skullcap can be used in treating allergies such as asthma, hay fever, eczema, and nettle rash. This herb is used to treat fevers, coughs, and gastrointestinal infections that bring on diarrhea. It also works as an appetite stimulant. This herb also increases the volume and flow of urine and is therefore helpful in treating urinary and kidney problems. Baical Skullcap acts as an antispasmodic agent and has a sedative effect. It is used to calm nerves, distress, and or irritation. It also improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, and is useful in treating arteriosclerosis and varicose veins, and also helps prevent blood clots. It is good for headaches related to muscular tension and spasms.
Thyme Leaf has been used extensively for the high thymol, phenol, and carvacol content in Thyme oil. Thyme leaf is also a popular culinary herb. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), a sweet smelling herb, has been used traditionally for common winter aliments.
Cayenne thins the blood, which reduces pain and allows beneficial blood flow.
Chamomile relaxes muscles and soothes tension. If you are allergic to ragweed or other pollens, use Chamomile carefully.
A salve made from Ginger, Peppermint Oil, and Wintergreen Oil rubbed on the nape of the neck and temples can help relieve tension headaches. For sinus headaches, rub the salve across the sinus area. Avoid the eyes.
Ginkgo Biloba extract improves circulation to the brain, and may be helpful for certain types of headache.
Guarana can alleviate cluster headaches.
Ginger has been shown in several studies to be helpful for pain relief. Ginger Tea Recipe: 4 cups of water, 2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, and optional: honey and lemon. Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add Honey and Lemon to taste. Note: Keep in mind that if you are making this tea to strengthen the immune system and ward off colds and flu, sweeteners are not recommended.
Jamaica Dogwood is good for sinus headache. Jamaican Dogwood is considered a relatively powerful remedy for migraine and neuralgia. The herb is also used to treat ovarian and uterine pain. The main use of the herb, however, is to treat insomnia caused by nervous tension or pain.
Kava Kava is helpful for tension headaches. Kava Kava root promotes relaxation and is used by the native inhabitants of the South Pacific as a ceremonial drink to relax the body, relieve stress and anxiety, and enhance mental activity.
Meadowsweet is an anti-inflammatory agent. Meadowsweet has a long tradition of use in folk medicine as a treatment for coughs and colds. Its astringent and demulcent properties have been borne out by research, and the German government recognizes meadowsweet tea as a treatment for colds and coughs. Meadowsweet contains salicylic acid, the main constituent in aspirin, and has its analgesic and fever-reducing properties. Meadowsweet is also traditionally used to relieve pain associated with rheumatism, menstrual cramps, headache, arthritis and low grade fever. It also seems to be effective against bacteria that causes diarrhea and may inhibit blood clotting. Since meadowsweet contains small amounts of salicylate, it should not be used by people with a sensitivity to aspirin or similar products. For the same reason, it should not be used by children under the age of sixteen with high fevers, particularly if the cause may be viral, because of the rare but very real risk of Reyes syndrome. It is not recommended for use by those taking blood thinning medications.
Valerian root is a good sedative to take during a headache. Valerian is a calmative and tranquilizer. It has been used at least since the time of Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.E.) for treating headaches, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, menstrual problems, nervous stomach, and hysteria. Clinical trials have confirmed the use of valerian for treating insomnia, especially the insomnia that accompanies menopause. The advantage of valerian over tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax is that it reduces sleep latency, the time required to fall asleep, without a period of bedtime drowsiness and without creating a "hangover" or grogginess the next morning. Valerian has greatest effect in treating chronic insomnia, rather than short-term sleeplessness. It also soothes the digestive system and may prevent cramping caused by irritable bowel syndrome. Precautions - If you use valerian for several months, you may experience withdrawal symptoms (headache, insomnia, racing heart, and general grouchiness) if you stop using the herb abruptly. Reduce dosage of a period of about a week if you wish to discontinue using the herb. Valerian itself does not cause side effects, but it may increase the side effects of some of the older medications for insomnia, such as Ativan (lorazepam), Valium, (diazempam), or Xanax (alprazolam).
A SOOTHING FOOTBATH
A footbath diverts the blood supply from your head to your feet. Bathe your feet in a basin of 95°F water. Add hot water at 5 minute intervals until 115°F is reached. After soaking your feet for 5 minutes, pour in cold water until the temperature is lukewarm. Put on wool socks and lie down for about 20 minutes.
POULTICES FOR PAIN
Cold Compress: Moisten a cloth with cold water, put 2 drops of Peppermint Oil on it and apply it to the painful area for about 15 minutes.
Potato Poultice: Cut 2 large potatoes into quarters and boil until tender. Mash them and press out the excess moisture. Wrap the warm mixture in a cloth; place it on the back of the neck for about 15 minutes.
Horseradish Poultice: Add a small amount of water to finely grated horseradish. Wrap it in a cloth; apply it to the neck for not more than 5 minutes. This will stimulate the skin, which helps extinguish headache pain. If your skin is sensitive, spread cream over your neck before applying the poultice.
This time-tested home remedy can provide quick headache relief. Put a few drops of fresh lemon juice into a cup of black coffee and drink it in small sips. Warning: This is not for people with sensitive stomachs!
DIET, NUTRITION & LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS
Eat a well-balanced diet. Avoid chewing gum, ice cream, iced beverages, salt, and guard against excessive sunlight and sun exposure.
To help prevent headaches, eat small meals and eat between meals to help stabilize wide swings in blood sugar. Include Almonds & Almond Milk, Watercress, Parsley, Fennel, Garlic, Cherries, and Pineapple in your diet.
Try eliminating foods containing Tyramine and the amino acid Phenylalanine. Then reintroduce one food at a time and see which one produce headaches. Phenylalanine is found in aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet and other products), monosodium glutamate (MSG), and nitrites (preservatives found in hot dogs and luncheon meats). Foods that contain tyramine include alcoholic beverages, bananas, cheese, chicken, chocolate, citrus fruits, cold cuts, herring, onions, peanut butter, pork, smoked fish, sour cream, vinegar, wine, and fresh-baked yeast products. Tyramine causes the blood pressure to rise, resulting in a dull headache. See Tyramine-Restricted Diet for more information.
Consume no cakes, chocolate, coffee, dairy products (except yogurt), packaged or canned foods, pies, soft drinks, sugar, tobacco, white flour products, or any junk food.
See Ascorbic Acid Flush and Allergies for more information.
Be sure to cook with Garlic and Onions, eat Celery, Parsley, and Sage whenever possible. Eat more Brown Rice. Learn to like Alfalfa sprouts. See Allergies for more helpful information.
In one study, 20 adults suffering from long-term cluster headaches squirted a Capsaicin solution in their noses daily for 5 days. Within 10 days of the last dose, there was a 67 percent drop in the number of attacks.
Practice deep-breathing exercises. A lack of oxygen can cause headaches. See Breathing Exercises in Pain Control
Maintain good posture habits.
Use Fiber daily and a cleansing enema weekly. See Colon Cleansing and Enemas for more information. Always take supplemental fiber supplements separately from other supplements and medications.
When a headache strikes, take a Cleansing Enema. This removes the toxins that cause many headaches. If not eliminated, toxins can be absorbed into the bloodstream and circulated throughout the body. For a headache brought on by fasting, use a Coffee Retention Enema.
Go on a cleansing fast. See Fasting for more information.
One study reported that taking 10 mg of Melatonin near bedtime was effective in reducing the frequency of episodic cluster headaches. Chronic cluster headaches did not show improvement with this treatment however.
Research shows that sleeping in a bedroom kept at a cooler temperature can help to prevent cluster headaches. Headaches are more frequent when environmental heat increases body temperature, which causes blood vessels to dilate.
If you feel a headache coming on, drink a large glass of water every 3 hours until symptoms subside to reduce or prevent dehydration, which is often a cause of headaches, and to flush toxins from the body.
The following nutrients are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Helpful Bromelain 500 mg twice daily, as needed before meals. An enzyme that helps regulate the inflammatory response. Calcium 1,500 mg daily. Minerals that help to alleviate muscular tension. Use chelated form. Magnesium 1,000 mg daily. Deficiency may be a cause of migraines. Relaxes muscles and blood vessels. Coenzyme Q-10 30 mg twice daily. Improves cellular oxygenation. Coenzyme A As directed on label. Supports the immune detoxification of many dangerous substances, increases energy, and facilitates the manufacture of connective tissue. Works well with CoQ10. Dimethyylglycine
125 to 400 mg twice daily, before meals. Improves tissue oxygenation. A bioflavonoid that stabilizes the membrane of the cells that release histamine, which triggers allergic symptoms. Use a sublingual form, if available. DL-Phenylalanine
750 mg daily. For pain relief. Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, or if you suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU.. 5-Hydroxy L-Tryptophan
As directed on label. Many clinical studies have shown excellent results with both tension headaches and migraines. Glucosamine Sulfate As directed on label. A natural alternative to aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). L-Tyrosine As directed on label. For relief of cluster headaches. Caution: Do not take Tyrosine if you are taking an MAO Inhibitor drug, commonly prescribed for depression. L-Glutamine 500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin C for better absorption. For relief of cluster headaches. Quercetin 500 mg twice daily, before meals. Slows histamine release; helps control food allergies. Needed for a variety of enzyme functions. For relief of cluster headaches. Methylsulfonylmethane
As directed on label. Relieves pain. Potassium 99 mg daily. For the proper sodium and potassium balance, which is needed to avoid water retention. Water retention may put undue pressure on the brain. Evening Primrose Oil 500 mg, three to four times daily. Supplies essential fatty acids, which promote healthy circulation, helps regulate the inflammatory response, and relieves pain. Vitamin B-3
Up to 300 mg combined daily. Do not exceed this amount. Stop and maintain the dosage that provides relief. Improves circulation and aids in the functioning of the nervous system. Professional supervision is advised. Caution: Do not take Niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure. Vitamin B-Complex 50 mg of each B-Vitamin daily, with meals 3 times daily. Amouts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary. B-Vitamins work best when taken together. Use a yeast-free formula. In severe cases, injections under a health care provider's supervision may be advisable. Plus Extra
50 mg daily. Removes excess water from tissues. Vitamin C
2,000 to 8,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Protects against harmful effects of pollution and aids production of anti-stress hormones. Use an esterified or buffered form. Vitamin E 200 IU daily or 400 IU every other day. Improves circulation. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
HEADACHE AS A WARNING SIGN: See a health care professional on an urgent basis if any of the following occur:
1. Severe, sudden headaches that seem to come on like "a bolt out of the blue" or like a "thunderclap."
2. Headaches that are accompanied by a loss of consciousness, alertness or sensation, confusion, or other neurological and/or personality changes.
3. Headaches that recur in one particular area such as an eye, temple etc.
4. Headaches that recur and are of high intensity or frequency.
5. Headaches that are accompanied by neck stiffness and fever.
6. Headaches that are associated with head injury. Even a minor fall or bump should be checked out.
7. There is a change in the nature or frequency of headaches.
8. The worst headache in one's life.
9. Temporary change in vision or visual acuity may simply be a sign of migraine headache but deserves special attention if new.
10. Headaches that accompany blurred vision, sensitivity to light, pressure behind the eyes that is relieved by vomiting, pressure in the facial sinus area, throbbing of the head and temples, a pounding heartbeat, visual changes, and feeling as though your head will explode.
11. Chronic headache pain that worsens after coughing, exertion, straining, or sudden movement is also reason to seek professional attention.
The vast majority of headaches are not medically serious. Most can be controlled by the use of simple medications - and in the case of tension headaches, by altering habits or lifestyles. If you suffer from more than the occasional tension headache, keep a headache log or journal to help your health care provider to diagnose your condition. Keep the log for at least two months, noting the time of each headache and describing the pain (throbbing or dull), its severity, location, and duration. If you have any questions or concerns or need to make an appointment please call your health care provider.
American Council for Headache Education
19 Mantua Road
Mt. Royal, NJ 08061
Telephone: (856) 423-0258
Toll Free: 1-800-255-2243
The National Headache Foundation
The American Council for Headache Education (ACHE)
Help For Headaches Organization
Cluster Headaches Worldwide Support Group
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ARTHRITIS PAIN RELIEF FORMULA SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Arthritis can cause neck and shoulder pain, contributing to headache, inflammation of the cervical spine and intense pain. These products are included under headache relief for those suffering arthitis pain in the neck resulting in neck pain and headaches.
HerbsPro: Arthritis & Joint Health, Woodland Publishing, 32 Page Booklet (90291)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Formula, Hyland's Homeopathics, 50 Tabs (15739)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Formula 2, Vita Plus, 60 Caps
HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Formula, Hyland's Homeopathics, 100 Tabs (15740)
HerbsPro: Easy Open Arthritis Caps, Aleve, 100 Caplets (102342)
HerbsPro: Aleve Arthritis, Bayer, 220 mg, 40 Gel Caps (98038)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Relief, Sunmark, 650 mg. 50 Tabs (102772)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Relief, Sunmark, 650 mg, 100 Tabs (102777)
HerbsPro: BC Arthritis Formula Pain Reliever, Fever Reducer Powder, 50 Each (113990)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Formula Homeopathic Tincture, Liddell Labs, 1 fl. oz.
Relieves painful arthritic symptoms such as stiff, swollen and tender joints and inflammation. No known side effects, readily absorbed, safe and easy to use.
HerbsPro: Arthritis Formula, Liddell Laboratories, 1 oz. (27048)
HerbsPro: Triflora Arthritis Gel, Boericke & Tafel, 1 fl. oz. (14520)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Relief No Mess Applicator, Capzasin, 1 oz. (98833)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Quick Pain Relief Gel, Capzasin, 1.5 oz. (96791)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Relief Cream, Original Topical Formula, Zostrix, 2 oz. (95956)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Relieving Gel, Ultra Plus, Flexall, 2 oz. (96771)
HerbsPro: Arthritis & Joint Relief, King Bio Natural Medicines, 2 oz. (49537)
HerbsPro: HP Arthritis Pain Relief Cream, 2 oz. (95957)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Ultra Strength, Activon, 2 oz. (99344)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Cream, Earths Care, 2.4 oz. (111360)
HerbsPro: Max Arthritis Strength No-Mess Roll-On Pain Relieving Liquid, Aspercreme, 2.5 oz. (96885)
HerbsPro: Triflora Arthritis Gel, Boericke & Tafel, 2.75 fl. oz. (14521)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Hot Pain Relief Creme, 3 oz. (99468)
HerbsPro: Extra Strength Arthritis Relief Cream, Pain Bust-R, 3 oz. (96942)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Relief Creme, Mobisyl, 3.5 oz. (97342)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Relieving 454 Gel, Flexall, 4 oz. (99568)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Relieving Gel, Ultra Plus, Flexall, 4 oz. (96791)
HerbsPro: Tiger Balm Arthritis Rub, 4 oz. (35409)
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HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Relief Creme, Mobisyl, 8 oz. (99777)
HerbsPro: Arthritis Pain Relief Spray, Stopain, 8 oz. (97664)
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Kalyx: Pain Arnicare Arthritis, Boiron, 60 Tabs: K
Kalyx: Arnicare Arthritis, Boiron, 60 Tablets: HF
Kalyx: Arthritis Pain Formula, Hylands Homeopathic Combinations, 100 tablets: K
Kalyx: Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Ointment, White Regular Strength, 0.14 oz: HF
Kalyx: Tiger Balm Pain Relief Ointment, 0.63 oz (Case of 6): HF
Kalyx: Tiger Balm Ultra Strength Pain Relieving Ointment, 0.63 oz: HF
Kalyx: Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Ointment, Extra Strength, 0.63 oz: HF
Kalyx: Triflora Arthritis Gel, Boericke & Tafel, 1 oz Tube: C
Kalyx: Arthritis Spray, Liddell Homeopathic, 1 fl oz: HF
Kalyx: Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Ointment, Ultra Strength, Non-Staining, 1.7 oz: HF
Kalyx: Arthritis & Joint Relief, King Bio Homeopathic, 2 fl oz: HF
Kalyx: Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relief Cream, Topricin, 2 oz: HF
Anti-inflammatory pain relief cream. Proven effective to treat carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion and trauma injuries. Proven effective to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Repetitive Motion, Trauma/Sports Injuries, Arthritis and Lower Back Pain. Relief of inflammation and pain, and healing treatment, for soft tissue and trauma injuries. Safe to use for children, pregnant women or elderly. No odor, fragrance, non-greasy, non-staining, moisturizing. No irritating chemicals (no menthol, no capsaicin, etc.) Homeopathic and Hypoallergenic.
Kalyx: Arthritis Cream, Earth's Care, 2.4 oz: HF
Kalyx: Pain Relieving Ointment, Earth's Care, 2.5 oz: HF
Kalyx: Triflora Arthritis Gel, Boericke & Tafel, 2.75 oz Tube: C
Kalyx: Amish Origins Deep Penetrating Pain Relief 3.5 oz Jar (Case of 12): GR
Kalyx: Arthritis Rub, Tiger Balm, 4 fl oz: K
Kalyx: Tiger Balm Arthritis Rub, 4 fl oz: HF
Kalyx: Tiger Balm Arthritis Rub w/Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM, 4 oz: C
Kalyx: Topricin Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relief and Healing Cream, 8 oz: HF
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HEADACHE RELIEF SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
HerbsPro: Antacid & Pain Relief, Lemon Lime, Alka Seltzer, 36 Tabs
For fast relief of heartburn, upset stomach, acid indigestion with headache and body ache relief.
HerbsPro: Migraide Natural Homeopathic, Boericke & Tafel, 40 Tabs
Aspirin free homeopathic relieves symptoms of migraines and headaches, safe and effective, safe to use with other medications. The natural alternative for migraines.
HerbsPro: MigreLief, Quantum Research, 60 Caps
A dietary supplement with feverfew, magnesium, riboflavin, and puracol.
HerbsPro: Migraine Headache Relief, Homeopathic, Hylands, 60 Tabs
HerbsPro: Clear Migraine Homeopathic Herbal Formula, Aspirin Free, Clear Products, 60 Caps
HerbsPro: Clear Headache Homeopathic Herbal Formula, Aspirin Free, Clear Products, 60 Caps
Non-habit forming homeopathic herbal formula, aspirin free, so side effects, clear the pain.
HerbsPro: Pain Relief, NatraBio, 60 Tabs
Pain relief provides relief for the symptoms of back pain, headache, muscle pain, and sciatica pain.
HerbsPro: Sinusalia Sinus Relief Homeopathic Medicine, Boiron, 60 Tabs
Homeopathic medicine for congestion and pain, headache, sinus pressure, no drug interactions, no side effects, works naturally with your body. Take Sinusalia at the first sign of sinus pain.
HerbsPro: Migraine Relief Formula, Homeolab, 63 Tabs
This formula works fast to relieve migraine headache pain without aspirin, caffeine or sedatives. Non-drowsy natural relief.
HerbsPro: White Willow & Feverfew Formula, Freeze-Dried, Eclectic Institute Inc, 350 mg, 90 Caps
HerbsPro: MigraFew, Nature's Way, 600 mcg Parthenolide, 90 Tabs
Dietary supplement helps maintain normal blood vessel tone. Standardized feverfew extract.
HerbsPro: Headache Relief Homeopathic, Due To Stress or Illness, Hylands, 100 Tabs
HerbsPro: Dragon Balm Red Salve, Superior Trading Company, 19 Grams
Used by masseuses and physical therapists, this balm is a great pain reliever for muscle aches, arthritis, headaches, and injuries. Similar to Tiger Balm, but for about half the price. The red formula is stronger, but the white is the non-staining formula.
HerbsPro: Headache Relief Spray, Homeopathic, King Bio Natural Medicines, No Side Effects, 2 fl. oz.
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PAIN FORMULA SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS
Mountain Rose Herbs: Aches & Pain Massage Oil, Mountain Rose, 4 fl. oz.
A deep penetrating and soothing herbal oil for all the aches and pains we endure. This is a great massage oil for relief from fatigue and stiffness, with just the right ingredients to add a slightly euphoric aroma. Contains Calendula flowers infused with organic Olive oil, organic Jojoba oil, organic Sweet Almond oil, Vitamin E oil, and a blend of pure essential oils.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Arnica & St. John's Massage Oil, Mountain Rose, 4 fl. oz.
An excellent muscle massage oil based on the ever popular and highly effective Injur-Heal oil. Suitable for use on bruises, strains, general aches, and after strenuous exercise. A wonderful way to treat your sore and exhausted body, and is best reserved for times of severe need. Contains: Organic Olive oil, organic Sweet Almond oil, Arnica oil, St. Johnís wort flower oil, organic Calendula oil, Vitamin E oil, and organic Lavender essential oil. 4 ounce bottle with flip cap.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Arnica Herbal Oil, Mountain Rose, 2 or 4 fl. oz.
Made from certified organic Arnica flowers (Arnica montana), infused in certified organic Olive Oil with a pinch of Vitamin E oil. A specific external treatment for physical trauma, sprains, bruising and other injuries. Use immediately after strenuous exertion or injury to prevent, relieve and reduce swelling, bruises and pain. Absorbs well, and soothing to the skin.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Injur Heal Herbal Oil, Mountain Rose, 2 or 4 fl. oz.
Truly the most fabulous oils of all! Our favorite external treatment for bruises, bumps, aches, pains and strains. A perfect remedy for exhausted sports-bodies and hikers, this anti-traumatic oil can be used immediately after strenuous exercise, exertion, or injury to help prevent, relieve and reduce swelling, bruises and pain. A concentrated oil, just rub a little on and feel the difference. Contains: Fresh hand picked St. Johnís Wort flowers, organic Arnica flowers, organic Calendula flowers, organic Olive oil and organic Lavender essential oil.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Herbal Liniment, Mountain Rose, 2 fl. oz. Spray Bottle
Enjoy herbal healing with this highly effective herbal liniment which offers immediate soothing to bruises, sprains and muscle aches. Formulated with organic herbs and menthol crystals to help alleviate pain and promote circulation, this healing spray is essential for athletes, hikers, outdoor enthusiasts and gardeners alike. Just spray directly onto skin and massage into sore muscles for instant relief. Contains: Isopropyl alcohol, organic Echinacea Purpurea root, organic Calendula flowers, organic Comfrey root, organic Menthol Crystals and organic Cayenne.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Injur Heal Balm, Mountain Rose, 1 oz. or 2 oz.
A loving companion for athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who take part in strenuous activities. Wonderful to use on bruises, sore muscles, and general aches and pains. This balm is based on our popular and effective Injur Heal Oil. Use immediately after arduous exercise, exertion or injury to prevent, relieve and reduce swelling, bruises and pain. Do not use on open wounds. Contains: Organic Arnica Flowers, St. John's Wort flowers, organic Calendula flowers, organic Olive oil, Beeswax, organic Lavender essential oil, and Vitamin E oil. Choose from 2 sizes.
HerbsPro: Advil Pain Reliever & Nighttime Sleep Aid, 80 Caplets (97027)
HerbsPro: Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Pain-Rx, 90 Tabs (81395)
HerbsPro: Bayer Vanquish Extra Strength Pain Reliever, 100 Caplets (96500)
HerbsPro: Anacin Pain Relief Aspirin, 100 Tabs (97433)
HerbsPro: Advil Migraine Pain Reliever Liquidgels, 200 mg, 20 Liquid Gels (96510)
HerbsPro: Advil Advanced Pain Medication, 200 mg, 24 Gel Caplets (99458)
HerbsPro: Advil Migraine Pain Reliever, 200 mg, 40 Liquigels (96590)
HerbsPro: Advil Advanced Pain Medicine, 200 mg, 80 Liquigels (96905)
HerbsPro: Advil Pain Reliever & Fever Reducer, 200 mg, 100 Gel Caplets (99402)
HerbsPro: Advil Advanced Pain Medication, 200 mg, 200 Tabs (97137)
HerbsPro: Aleve All Day Strong Pain Reliever & Fever Reducer, 220 mg, 20 Liquigels (98848)
HerbsPro: Aleve Smooth Gels, All Day Strong Pain Reliever & Pain Reducer, 220 mg, 80 Gel Caps (97662)
HerbsPro: Sunmark Pain Reliever, 325 mg, 100 Tabs (103537)
HerbsPro: Sunmark Pain Reliever, 500 mg, 50 Tabs (102890)
HerbsPro: Sunmark Pain Reliever, 500 mg, 100 Tabs (102947)
HerbsPro: Sunmark Pain Reliever, Extra Strength, 500 mg, 500 Tabs (102494)
HerbsPro: Sunmark 8 Hour Pain Relief, 650 mg, 50 Tabs (102773)
HerbsPro: Sunmark Arthritis Pain Reliever, 650 mg, 50 Tabs (102772)
HerbsPro: Sunmark 8 Hour Pain Relief, 650 mg, 100 Tabs (102774)
HerbsPro: Minor Pain Relief, Planetary Herbals, 750 mg, 90 Tabs (70128)
HerbsPro: Goody's Pain Reliever Extra Strength Headache Powders, 50 Each (114268)
HerbsPro: Campho-Phenique Pain Relieving Antiseptic Liquid,, 0.75 oz. (96492)
HerbsPro: Little Remedies Infant Liquid Fever & Pain Reliever, Berry Flavor, 2 fl. oz. (97903)
HerbsPro: Preparation H Pain Relief Cream, 0.6 oz. (99025)
HerbsPro: Boiron Arnicare Arnica Pain Relief Ointment, 1 oz. (14529)
HerbsPro: Boericke & Tafel Arniflora Arnica Muscle Pain & Stiffness Gel, 1 oz. (14346)
HerbsPro: Aspercreme Odor Free Therapy, Pain Relieving Creme With Aloe, 1.25 oz. (97721)
HerbsPro: Boiron Arnica Pain Relief Gel, 1.5 oz. (14527)
HerbsPro: Capzasin-HP Arthritis Pain Relief Creme, 1.5 oz. (99457)
HerbsPro: Derma E Anti-Ache Herbal Pain Relief Cream, 2 oz. (88325)
HerbsPro: Bengay Menthol Pain Relieving Gel, Vanishing Scent, 2 oz. (96432)
HerbsPro: Aspercreme Max Arthritis Strength, No-Mess Roll-On Pain Relieving Liquid, 2.5 oz. (96885)
HerbsPro: Boericke & Tafel Arniflora Arnica Muscle Pain & Stiffness Gel, 2.75 oz. (14347)
HerbsPro: Amish Origins Deep Penetrating Pain Relief Ointment, 3.5 oz. (108788)
HerbsPro: Amish Origins Deep Penetrating Pain Relief Cream, 3.5 oz. (108789)
HerbsPro: Perform Pain Relieving Gel, 4 oz. (97906)
HerbsPro: Blue Emu Original Super Strength Pain Relieving Cream, 4 oz. (97399)
HerbsPro: Flexall Arthritis Pain Relieving Gel Ultra Plus, 4 oz. (96791)
HerbsPro: Flexall Arthritis Pain Relieving Gel, 4 oz. (99568)
HerbsPro: Bengay Cold Therapy Menthol Pain Relieving Gel, 4 oz. (96912)
HerbsPro: Icy Hot Medicated Pain Relief Spray, Maximum Strength, 4 oz. (96887)
HerbsPro: MPR- Muscle Pain Relief Spray, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 4 oz. (70733)
HerbsPro: Bactine Pain Relieving Cleansing Spray, 5 oz. (99528)
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AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
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Almond, Sweet Oil Apricot Kernel Oil Argan Oil Arnica Oil Avocado Oil Baobab Oil Black Cumin Oil Black Currant Oil Black Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camelina Oil Castor Oil Coconut Oil Comfrey Oil Evening Primrose Oil Flaxseed Oil Grapeseed Oil Hazelnut Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Kukui Nut Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Meadowfoam Seed Oil Mullein Oil Neem Oil Olive Oil Palm Oil Plantain Oil Plum Kernel Oil Poke Root Oil Pomegranate Seed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Rosehip Seed Oil Safflower Oil Sea Buckthorn Oil Sesame Seed Oil Shea Nut Oil Soybean Oil St. Johns Wort Oil Sunflower Oil Tamanu Oil Vitamin E Oil Wheat Germ Oil
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