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Migraine

Definition

Paroxysmal attacks of headache, frequently unilateral, usually accompanied by disordered vision and gastrointestinal disturbances. Thought to be the result of vaso-dilation of extracerebral cranial arteries.
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Causes

Causes are unknown, but a family history of migraine will be found in over half of the patients. It may be precipitated by allergic hypersensitivity or emotional disturbances.

Allergies are a common cause of migraine. It can also be caused by liver malfunction. Constipation, stress, environmental allergies, and lack of exercise should be considered as possible underlying causes of migraine headache.

70% of migraine sufferers are women, and migraines often run in families. Many patients have abnormal levels of brain chemicals that cause excessive dilation and/or contraction of the brain’s blood vessels.
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Symptoms

Headaches associated with the sensation of seeing zigzags of light, called scintillating scotomata, vomiting, and at times diplopia (double vision), sweating, and focal symptoms. Sharp stabbing pains frequently in temporofrontal region.

It must be distinguished from other types of headache, but the history, the course of the disorder, and the peculiar combination of symptoms rarely permit much uncertainty. The frequency may vary from several times a week to several times a year.

The migraine begins with a throbbing headache that is usually centered above or behind one eye; or, it can begin at the back of the head and spread to one entire side of the head. It is usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, and tingling and numbness in the limbs that can last up to 18 hours. A classic migraine is preceded by an aura, which can consist of disturbances of vision, speech disorders, weakness, and sensory disturbances. An aura can also consist of brilliant stars, sparks, flashes, or simple geometric forms passing across the visual field.

Rest and quiet, in darkened room during attack. Ergotamine tartrate proves efficacious in most cases but should be taken at the onset of the attack. This is administered under the care of a doctor.
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Nutrients

Multivitamin and mineral complex, taken as directed on the label.

Niacinamide plus niacin (B3), 800 mg. niacinamide per day and 200 mg. niacin per day, increases blood flow to the brain.

Rutin, 200 mg. per day, removes toxic metals which may cause migraines.

Unsaturated fatty acids, taken as directed on the label, is needed for brain cells and for fat metabolism.

Calcium, 2,000 mg. per day, helps to control muscle contractions and to transmit nerve impulses throughout the body and to the brain.

Magnesium, 1,000 mg. per day.

Garlic capsules, 2 capsules with meals, is a potent detoxifier.

Pantothenic acid (B5), 100 mg. twice per day (Royal jelly is high in pantothenic acid), is needed by the adrenal glands when the body is under stress.

Vitamin B complex, taken as directed on the label, is needed for a healthy nervous system.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 50 mg. 3 times per day, is required for normal brain function.

Vitamin C, 3,000-6,000 mg. per day, aids in producing the antistress adrenal hormones and enhances immunity.
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Herbs
  • Balm
  • Basil
  • Betony, wood
  • Boneset
  • Buck bean
  • Bull nettle root
  • Butterbur
  • Butternut
  • Cannabis
  • Carrot, wild
  • Catnip
  • Centaury, European
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Cleavers
  • Clematis
  • Clover, red
  • Cohosh, black
  • Coltsfoot
  • Cowslip
  • Culver’s root
  • Cumin
  • Damiana
  • Dandelion root
  • Dogwood, Jamaican
  • Dropwort
  • Elder, black
  • Ergot
  • Fennel
  • Feverfew
  • Flag, blue
  • Fringe tree
  • Gambir
  • Garlic
  • Ginger, wild
  • Ginkgo biloba extract
  • Hops
  • Indian hemp, black
  • Iris, stinking
  • Jeffersonia
  • Kudzu, root
  • Lady’s mantle
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Marshmallow root
  • Meadowsweet
  • Mignonette
  • Mistletoe, European
  • Motherwort
  • Mugwort
  • Mullein, common
  • Mustard seed
  • Nettle
  • Nettle, dwarf
  • Palmetto, saw
  • Pennyroyal
  • Pepper, pippli long
  • Peppermint
  • Peony, tree
  • Peppermint
  • Primrose
  • Red root
  • Rosemary, tea
  • Rue
  • St. Benedict thistle
  • Sage
  • Senna
  • Sesame, black, seeds
  • Shepherd’s purse
  • Skullcap
  • Speedwell
  • Sticklewort
  • Thistle, blessed
  • Thyme
  • Turtlebloom
  • Valerian, fragrant
  • Vervain, European
  • Violet
  • Viper’s bugloss
  • Virgin’s bower
  • Willow
  • Wintergreen
  • Woodruff
  • Yam, wild
  • Yerba mate’
  • Yerba santa

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Recommendations

Avoid salt and acid-producing foods: cereal, meat, bread and grains. Avoid fried foods and fatty and greasy foods. Omit yellow cheese, and other cheeses that contain tyramine. Avoid the amino acids phenylalanine and tyramine, nitrites (preservatives found in hot dogs and luncheon meats), aspirin, and monosodium glutamate (MSG), a common seasoning.

Chocolate and citrus fruits may precipitate an attack.

Exercise is important. It also helps to massage the neck and back of the head every day.

Use hypoallergenic supplements only.
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Suggestions

Migraine headaches in women may result from hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle. After menopause the headaches usually decrease.

Soft music has a calming effect and helps relieve migraines.

The most commonly used drug, ergotamine, can be addicting and should not be taken more than 2 days weekly.

Eat small meals and eat between meals to help stabilize wide swings in blood sugar that may precipitate a migraine. Follow the guidelines of hypoglycemia.

Include in the diet: almonds, almond milk, watercress, parsley, fennel, garlic, cherries, and pineapple.
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Bibliography

Buy It! Back to Eden, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Buy It! The Complete Medicinal Herbal, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

Buy It! Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

Buy It! The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

Buy It! Secrets of the Chinese Herbalists, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Company, Inc., West Nyack, NY, 1987.

Buy It! Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

Buy It! The Old Herb Doctor, by Joseph E. Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1984, sixth printing 1994.

Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

Buy It! Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

Buy It! Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 15th Edition, F. A. Davis Company, 1915 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Buy It!The Magic of Herbs, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

Buy It! The Magic of Herbs in Daily Living, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Co. (1988).

Buy It! The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

Buy It! The Rodale Herb Book: How to Use, Grow, and Buy Nature’s Miracle Plants (An Organic gardening and farming book), edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

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