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Many people suffer from headaches ranging from daily to seasonal, dull to throbbing and nauseous. People can become used to medicating their pain and in turn suffer from side effects such as stomach ulcers, more headaches, nausea, foggy brain, sleepy, fatigue, constipation and the list goes on. There is not one cause for all headaches or migraines, so there is not one treatment for chronic headaches. People are unique and their individuality should be considered. The best approach is to find the cause of the headaches and remove it. Some of the most common reasons that people are more predisposed to suffer are:

  • Stress and emotional upset
  • Lack of sleep, shiftwork
  • Neck and shoulder tension, whiplash injuries, repetitive strain, overuse of joints
  • Low blood sugar, skipping meals
  • Eye strain
  • Grinding the teeth at night and TMJ
  • Overexertion or overheating
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Drinking too much caffeine (tea, coffee, cola)

     Some less common reasons that people suffer with chronic headaches:

  • Food sensitivities such as: wheat, citrus, sugar, msg, soy, nuts, dairy products, food dye, nitrates
  • Hormonal imbalances: such as a drop in estrogen prior to menstruating, low progesterone, high cortisol
  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of bile flow, liver congested
  • Chronic sinus infections or congestion
  • Overuse of pain medications and other medications
  • Taking in high histamine foods and/or histamine intolerance (nuts, dried fruits, smoked meat, shellfish, chocolate, red wine)
  • Not drinking enough water. Be aware of this especially when exercising or in hot weather
  • Weather and altitude changes (Flying, change of weather, storms approaching etc)
  • Chemical sensitivities (perfumes, candles, pesticides, hair dyes, laundry detergent or air fresheners)
  • Constipation
  • Yeast, fungus or parasitic infections

     Support yourself by identifying your trigger and applying a fix to it. For example, if you get a headache when you miss a meal, eat regularly and avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar to keep your blood sugar stable. Adding in a healthy fat or protein helps too. If chemicals trigger headaches, avoid them as best you can. Use natural beauty or cleaning products or avoid environments that bother you. Candida overgrowth can also increase one's sensitivity to chemicals.  

     As one can see by the long list of triggers, the causes of headaches are individualized so a unique approach to headaches is useful. Here is a sample case to help highlight a unique approach to chronic headache.

     Mrs. Migraine had headaches almost every day on waking. She had quite a lot of stress at work and put a lot of pressure on herself to do well. She finds her neck and shoulders stiff sitting all day at work. She suffered with digestive problems, such as loose stool which ranged from soft to liquid. She said they do not wipe away well. She had gained quite a lot of weight over the past two years. She had been taking sleeping pills and high blood pressure medication. 

    Mrs. Migraine was tested nutritionally using a symptomology questionnaire for nutrient deficiencies and with live cell testing, a blood test for nutritional markers using a darkfield microscope. Through testing we discovered the following:

  1. She had symptoms of adrenal stress (irritability, fatigue, excessive neck and shoulder tension)
  2. She digested fats and proteins poorly (rouleau)
  3. She had symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, PMS and cortisol imbalance
  4. She showed symptoms of having a markers that her flora where not balanced

     She was recommended to take rhodiola for stress and remove lactic acid from her muscles. To support her digestion, we recommended she take Liv Complex to help her liver and gallbladder produce more bile for fat digestion. Hormones are metabolized by the liver, with her PMS and stress, her liver was working overtime processing hormones. Also when people have mushy stools that do not wipe away, look at the bile flow and fat digestion. Lastly she was recommended to take a probiotic for healthy flora and cut sugar out of her diet.

     After her follow-up in one month, she had not had any headaches. Not all cases respond quickly to treatment, since the goal of natural remedies is to correct imbalances not just to suppress pain like traditional headache drugs do. If one can correct the underlying cause and imbalances, often headaches become a seldom to never occurance. However, this quick case highlighted the clinic's natural individualized approach.

     Many people seek out remedies from their health food store. These remedies often suppress the symptoms of a headache, but don't address the cause. The exception is magnesium, if one is deficient headaches may go away when this deficiency is corrected. Some of the most typical remedies for chronic headaches are:

  1. Magnesium (found in spinach, nuts, black beans, avocado, soya bean)
  2. Butterbur (herb grown in Europe, works as an anti-inflammatory, expectorant, analgesic and antispasmodic)
  3. Willow bark (herb that works as a natural alternative to aspirin)
  4. Feverfew (flowering herb that is used for migraines)
  5. Passionflower (great relaxing anti-anxiety herb, that also helps with sleep)
  6. Valerian (similar to passionflower, helps with sleep and stress)

     If you suffer from chronic headaches, consider having one on one natural care to help determine what is right for your unique needs. Book a free get acquainted chat today, click here.