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The Doctor's Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals

Dr. Mary Dan Eades (See book keywords and concepts)

Nitrates/nitrites, found in cured meats and hot dogs, may cause migraines in some people. Recommendation: An elimination trial conducted for each suspected food as described above for alcohol. • Red wine, aged cheese, fermented sausages, and sour cream all contain high levels of the amino acid tyramine, which serves as a trigger for migraine in some people. Recommendation: An elimination trial for each of these substances as described above for alcohol. • Chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine that can trigger migraine in some people.

A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients

Ruth Winter, M.S. (See book keywords and concepts)

It is now being investigated as a preventative for migraines. Used in "organic" cosmetics. F1BRONECTIN • A fibrous protein widely distributed in connective tissue and membranes and present on cell surfaces. Acts as an adhesive and as a defense mechanism. FICIN • An enzyme occurring in the latex of tropical trees and usually isolated from figs. A buff-colored powder with an acrid odor. Absorbs water. Concentrated and used as a meat tenderizer. Ten to twenty times more powerful than papain ten-derizers.

The Doctor's Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals

Dr. Mary Dan Eades (See book keywords and concepts)

Recommendation: If you suffer migraines, do not take mineral supplements containing copper. Also avoid foods rich in copper, such as chocolate, nuts, wheat germ, and shellfish. • Caffeine can trigger headaches both from too much use and from too little. (The one special group of headaches that may respond to use of caffeine are migraine headaches. This benefit occurs because caffeine helps to prevent the dilation of blood vessels in the brain.

Magnesium deficiency has been found in people with frequent tension headaches and migraines. Purslane is high in magnesium. Dosage may vary, depending on the duration and severity of your symptoms. Follow package directions, or consult a qualified herbal practitioner. What makes it worse? • Eating a diet high in simple sugars can trigger migraine headaches in some people by making wide swings in their blood sugar.

Herbal remedies • Bay leaves are particularly useful in preventing migraines. • The British Medical Journal published studies claiming that feverfew prevents migraine attacks. There are many ways to take this herb. You could can chew the leaves, but they taste awful. I recommend making a tea. Be careful not to bring the water to a boiling point, because it may break down the active compounds found in the leaves. You can also take capsules. Capsules come in many different dosages, so be sure to consult an herbal practitioner to find a dose that's right for you.

Recommendation: Working with the physician who has prescribed the "medication for your migraines, develop a program to gradually stop using the drug. Reduce your dose in tiny increments of about 10% per week over a course of 10 weeks. (I cannot really provide you with precise milligram amounts because each medication varies in its milligram dosing, as does the dose that different people must take.) During your tapering program, take 50 to 100 mg of vitamin B6 each day.

Earl Mindell's Vitamin Bible for the 21st Century

Earl Mindell (See book keywords and concepts)

They can: • help retard atherosclerosis • lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides • reduce blood viscosity and help prevent heart attacks and strokes • keep skin, hair, and nails healthy • lower blood pressure • enhance the immune system • possibly prevent depression • alleviate rheumatoid arthritis • help protect the body from lupus erythematosus • offer protection against migraines and kidney disease If you're a vegetarian, omega-3 fatty acids can also be found in vegetable oils such as soybean, canola, flaxseed, and hemp—but the conversion to EPA and DHA is much slower.

Herbal Defense

Robyn Landis (See book keywords and concepts)

Fortunately, natural medicine offers several standout remedies for treating migraines. Here are the most effective and substantiated ones: In Karta Purkh's observation, ginger is the absolute best remedy for treating a migraine at the time when it develops, and is one of the few things that will work at the time. Stir 2 tablespoons of ginger powder into water and drink it at the onset of the "aura," preferably before the pain starts. Usually that will knock it cold. The migraine may try to restart in about four hours, in which case you have to do this again.

Earl Mindell's Vitamin Bible for the 21st Century

Earl Mindell (See book keywords and concepts)

Chamomile This plant has antispasmodic and gastric-stimulant properties, and is usually taken internally for migraines, gastric cramps, and anxiety. Externally it's used as a treatment for wounds, skin ulcers, and conjuctivitis. CAUTION: May cause severe allergic reactions—including fatal shock—in individuals with hay fever, or those sensitive to ragweed, asters, and related plants. 139. Comfrey When used in teas, comfrey has been found to alleviate stomach ailments, coughs, diarrhea, arthritis pain, liver and gallbladder conditions.

Alleviate migraines. Aid in reducing anxiety and tension. Help relieve some symptoms of alcohol-related body-chemistry disorders and aid in control of alcoholism. Best Natural Sources: Cottage cheese, milk, meat, fish, turkey, bananas, dried dates, peanuts, all protein-rich foods. Supplement Guide: L-tryptophan is no longer available as an over-the-counter supplement, and can be obtained only by prescription. (It was recalled by the U.S. FDA in 1988 after a tainted batch from Japan caused several deaths.

What It Can Do For You: Act as a natural painkiller for conditions such as whiplash, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lower back pain, migraines, leg and muscle cramps, postoperative pain, and neuralgia. Supplement Guide: DL-phenylalanine is generally available in 375 mg. tablets. Correct dosages vary according to the individual's own experience of pain. Six tablets per day (2 tablets taken approximately 15 minutes before each meal) is the best way to begin a DLPA regimen. Pain relief should occur within the first 4 days, though it may, in some cases, take as long as 3-4 weeks.

Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices

John Heinerman (See book keywords and concepts)

British Medical Journal 291:569-573- Feverfew works well for migraines in three different forms. There is, of course, consumption of the fresh leaves each day with a little parsley. Then there is the tea, made by simmering 5 leaves in 2 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes and sipping 1 cup 3 times daily. Or there are the capsules—two of them twice daily in between meals for up to six months. FLAXSEED (Llnus usitatissimum) Brief Description The cultivation of flaxseed reaches back to the remotest periods of history.

An Unconventional Cure for migraines and Rheumatoid Arthritis/Osteoarthritis This is a true story related by Mrs. Ann Jenkins, the wife of a physician in Cardiff, England. She suffered from terrible migraine headaches from the age of 16 until she turned 65. She finally cured herself for good by eating three little leaves of a common garden weed called feverfew. Also, the usual stiffness and aching pain accompanying her osteoarthritis went away as well.

After just 14 days of intensive treatment with chamomile, a man who had debilitating migraines was cured. To make a relaxing tea, simply steep 2 tbsps. of fresh or dried flowers in 1 pint of boiling water for 40 minutes. Strain, sweeten with pure maple syrup and drink 1-2 cups at a time. Fantastic Beauty Aid European herbalists rave about the great cosmetic benefits to be derived from the use of chamomile. When the face is washed with the tea of the herb several times a week, it will show a healthier and softer glow.

Some centuries later Dioscorides prescribed it in his own ancient herbal for problems that are known as erysipelas, shingles, migraines, heartburn, and acid indigestion. In one of the first published herbals, Grand Herbier (printed in Paris in 1504), several French doctors lauded belladonna's virtues as a strong sedative for insomnia. In his voluminous work The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes (London: 1633) author John Gerard advocated it for gout and what would now be called rheumatoid arthritis. The rootstock and leaves are employed for reducing pain in the aforementioned maladies.

Disease Prevention and Treatment

The Life Extension Editorial Staff (See book keywords and concepts)

A Link to Depression and Anxiety Many painful conditions, including headaches, migraines, TMJ pain, and muscle pain improve when the trigger points associated with myofascial syndrome are identified and treated. However, chronic pain may affect people emotionally, and many people with MFS experience depression or anxiety disorders. It may be beneficial to consult a mental health professional in addition to a regular physician (Glaros 2000) (see the Depression and Anxiety and Stress protocols for additional information). Antidepressants are often prescribed for the treatment of MFS.

Natural Prescriptions: Dr. Giller's Natural Treatments & Vitamin Therapies For Over 100 Common Ailments

Robert M. Giller, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

Fish oils (omega-3's) are beginning to be widely recognized for their antiinflammatory properties, and have proven effective for a variety of conditions including migraines. Magnesium is also helpful as low brain magnesium has been identified as an important factor in the mechanism of a migraine attack. One last thing: Sometimes people go for long periods thinking that they're suffering from migraine headaches when, in fact, they have chronic sinusitis, which can cause regular painful headaches (see Sinusitis, page 308).

The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements and Herbs

Nicola Reavley (See book keywords and concepts)

Some people experience migraines at predictable times; in women they often occur premenstrually. Causes of migraine The causes of migraine are not well understood, and triggers tend to be different for everyone. Common ones include stress, fatigue, bright light, loud noises, weather changes, changes in sleeping patterns or diet, low blood sugar, certain foods and chemicals. Treatment of migraine Regular exercise, stress reduction and elimination of certain foods from the diet are the most common methods of preventing migraine and other vascular headaches.

Calcium and vitamin D In a 1994 study, researchers treated two premenopausal women with a history of menstrually-related migraines with a combination of vitamin D and calcium. Both women experienced reductions in their headache attacks as well as premenstrual symptoms within two months of therapy.5 In another study, the same researchers successfully treated two postmenopausal women with frequent and excruciating migraine headaches with vitamin D and calcium.6 Essential fatty acids GLA and alpha-linolenic acid have been used to prevent migraine.

Niacin is sometimes used to treat headaches and migraines. It is given at the onset of a migraine and its effect may be due to its ability to dilate blood vessels. Vitamin B6 may be useful for treating headaches associated with premenstrual syndrome and estrogen-related headaches that occur in the early stages of pregnancy. Riboflavin High doses of riboflavin may be effective in the treatment of migraine. In a 1998 study done in Belgium, researchers tested the effects of either 400 mg of riboflavin or a placebo on 55 patients with migraine in a randomized trial lasting three months.

It can also be used for treating arthritis, migraines, anaemia and abdominal pain. Cautions Dong quai should not be used during pregnancy or in cases of excessive menstrual blood flow as it stimulates the uterus. Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia, E. purpurea, E. pallida) Highly valued by the American Indians, echinacea is now used all over the world. It stimulates the immune system, helps in tissue healing and has antiinflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-cancer effects. Uses Echinacea has long been used to treat infections such as colds and flu.

Other uses Niacin has been used to stimulate tooth eruption, to treat fatigue, irritability, digestive disorders, headaches, migraines, arthritis, cramps and nerve problems such as Bell's Palsy and trigeminal neuralgia. Interactions with other nutrients Vitamin B6, riboflavin and iron are necessary for the conversion of tryptophan to niacin. Niacin works with other B vitamins to perform its functions in the body. The amino acid, leucine, competes with tryptophan for absorption and diets low in niacin and high in leucine may lead to niacin deficiency disease.

The New Holistic Health Handbook: Living Well in a New Age

Berkeley Holistic Health Center and Shepherd Bliss (See book keywords and concepts)

Thus if a patient of 45 has arthritis as his chief complaint, but has a history of sciatica, migraines, eczema, poor digestion, teenage acne, headaches, or stomach problems as a child, he might reex-perience some of the problems of his past. As the healing process continues and he begins feeling generally better, he may go through various "healing crises" for short periods of time. The naturopath can distinguish "healing-crisis symptoms" from the same symptoms within a current disease process, but the methods are beyond the scope of this article.

Consequently, its effectiveness has been documented in detailed medical case studies of peptic ulcers, constipation, sinus problems, blood pressure, migraines, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, sexual problems, and many others. Twenty-four hundred case studies have been cited by Schultz and Wolfgang Luthe. AT is used for psychosomatic disorders and sleep disturbances, to improve academic and athletic performance, and for stress reduction in industry. A key principle of the theory of AT is that the body will naturally balance itself when directed into a relaxed state.

The Woman's Encyclopedia of Natural Healing

Dr. Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

Symptoms Symptoms vary, depending on a woman's constitution, and may include fatigue, aching muscles, flulike feeling, ringing in the ears, burning in the eyes, headaches, migraines, disturbed sleep, shortness of breath, food allergies, heightened sense of smell, loss of balance, inability to concentrate, memory loss, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and irritable bowel syndrome. There is a marked progressive debilitating reaction to consumer products, such as perfumes, soap, tobacco smoke, and plastics.

Double-blind studies have shown that monosodium glutamate can cause migraines in some individuals. The problem is that it's hard to eliminate this additive from the diet, since MSG is used in so many foods. Examples of everyday foods that often contain MSG without necessarily saying so on their labels are salad dressings, sauces, soups, and many frozen and prepared foods. "MSG in Foods," Nutrition Research Newsletter 10, no. 5 (May 1991): 52.

Clinicians found that pyridoxine is an effective agent for combating medication-induced migraines when combined with a gradual detoxification from the offending medications. A. L. Bernstein, "Vitamin B6 in Clinical Neurology," Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 585 (1990): 250-60. A case-control study found that red-blood-cell choline concentrations were low in patients suffering from cluster headaches during and between cluster periods, and that choline levels increased by 78 times as a result of treatment with lithium. J. de Bellerche et al.

The Great Book of Hemp: The Complete Guide to the Environmental, Commercial, and Medicinal Uses of the World's Most Extraordinary Plant

Rowan Robinson (See book keywords and concepts)

William Osier affirmed that "cannabis is probably the most satisfactory remedy" for migraines.50 For treatment of ulcer. Stomach-acid output decreases after the consumption of cannabis, which recommends it for the treatment of peptic ulcers, colitis, ileitis, spastic colon, and gastritis. Preparations of cannabis were used for those purposes in the 1890s.51 In gynecology. Cannabis has been used successfully in the treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum, a form of morning sickness in which the pregnant woman suffers from constant nausea and vomiting.

Hare testified to the value of hemp in subduing migraines and preventing further attacks.46 In 1890 Dr. j. Reynolds noted in the Lancet that "many victims of this malady have for years kept their suffering in abeyance by taking hemp at the moment of threatening, or onset of the attack."47 One year later Dr. j. B.

The A.D.D. Nutrition Solution: A Drug-Free Thirty-Day Plan

Marcia Zimmerman, C.N. (See book keywords and concepts)

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) This well-known flavor enhancer provokes reactions in some people that include headaches, migraines, asthma, and chest pain. It is often found in foods such as soups, salad dressings, restaurant food (unless otherwise specified), meat, baked goods, condiments, and numerous other products. Natural smoke flavoring Natural smoke flavoring is used to flavor meat, fish, seasoned mixes, cheese, pizza, and dips, and is also used as an antioxidant to retard bacterial growth.

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