HEADACHES: MIGRAINES, CLUSTER

Headaches are common in these days of increased stress and tension.
Headaches seem to occur most frequently in A-type personalities—people who are highly goal-oriented and perfectionists who demand a great deal from themselves and from those around them.

There are two basic types of headaches: those that are the result of stress and tension, and those that are brought on by a real physical cause. Stress control is the way to go when it comes to breaking the headache cycle.

Physical causes include oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, food allergies, sluggish liver, encephalitis, poor circulation, poor posture, TMJ, histamine reactions, too much caffeine, and magnesium deficiency.

Headaches are any mild to severe pain located in the head,characterized by throbbing or aching.

Symptoms
Common symptoms include head pain and aching in the temples and forehead, accompanied by irritability and tension. Migraine and cluster headaches (vascular headaches) are the most painful and can involve the entire body. Migraine headaches often include nausea, vomiting, chills, diarrhea, and sensitivity to light and smells. Cluster headaches are extremely painful and are centered over the forehead or eyes. They generally come on suddenly.

Dietary considerations
Eat turkey to boost serotonin levels, and add almonds, dark leafy greens, broccoli, pineapple, and cherries. Avoid headache triggers, such as alcohol, wine, beer, dairy foods, caffeine, sugar, chocolate, wheat, sulfites,nitrates, MSG, and pizza. A cup of black coffee can relieve a headache once it has begun.

Supplement support for headaches
• Nature’s Secret Ultimate Cleanse, to detoxify
• Green tea, sweetened with stevia
• Feverfew
• Gingko biloba
• Magnesium
• GABA, to calm and relax
• Vitamin B complex, to calm and relax
• Evening primrose oil
• Pro-Gest Cream for hormonal headaches (apply to temples).
• Carlson’s ACES
• Bromelain
• 5-HTP, to calm stress
• DLPA, for pain
• Butterbur: use as the label directs
• A daily green drink

Lifestyle choices
• Enjoy massage therapy.
• Use aromatherapy using lavender oil.
• Take therapeutic baths with sea salt, baking soda, and lavender oil.
• Receive chiropractic treatment.
• Practice regular deep breathing.
• Exercise.
• Apply ice pack to the back of the neck; for nausea, place ice pack on the throat.
• For tension headache, take a brisk walk and breathe deeply.
• Take time out to focus on relaxation every day.
• Laugh. It is truly the best medicine.