Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Migraine Tidbits

According to Dr. Dulce Maria Corrales when a person notices a migraine coming on, he or she should suck on a lemon.  Corrales says, “Suck on a lemon.  Not drinking.  Sucking on it.  Within five minutes, the blinding aspect of the migraine is gone.  The headache stays, but my eyes are effected immediately if I don’t suck on a lemon.  I have lemons in my car.  It works that well.”

According to Christiane Northrup, M.D. in the Wisdom of Menopause, “Imbalanced hormone levels contribute to so-called menstrual migraine during perimenopause and menopause” (127).   The headache referred to here occurs just prior to the woman’s period due to estrogen and progesterone levels falling dramatically.  Northrup is an advocate of 2 percent progesterone cream, which is not the synthetic progestins which doctors usually prescribe.  Northrup advises, “Apply ¼-1/2 tsp (of the cream) to your skin daily for the two weeks prior to your period, or three weeks out of every month if you’re no longer having periods” (127).  Note: If you’re looking for a company that sells progesterone cream that you can trust, please visit

According to Giovanni Maciocia in The Practice of Chinese Medicine, under the category of Intracranial, there are two kinds of differentiations of headaches: inflammatory (meningitis) and non-inflammatory (migraine), which is vascular (53 & 54).  Maciocia says that vascular headaches under the non-inflammation category are “the most frequent cause of recurrent headaches.  It consists in an initial constriction of the head arteries (giving rise to prodromal [learn cause of] symptoms) followed by vasodilatation and distension of vessels (which causes a throbbing pain)” (54).  With this headache, the eyes may have become sensitive to light, along with a throbbing pain around the eye, “radiating to the side of the head,” and nausea or vomiting (54).  Maciocia warns, “The attacks are precipitated by ,of theMaciocia warns, “The attacks are precipitated by stress, cheese, chocolate, red wine and the  contraceptive pills” (54).  I would dd that Maciocia would be referring to pasteurized cheese and regular mainstream chocolate.
According to James and Phyllis Balch in Prescription for Nutritional Healing, “There are two types of migraine, common and classic.  The common migraine occurs slowly, producing a throbbing pain that may last for two to seventy-two hours” (387).  The common type of headache’s pain is severe and felt behind an ear, or at the temples.  It may even “begin at the back of the head and spread to one entire side of the head,” which is where migraine got its name: “Greek hemikrania, which means ‘half a skull’” (387).  The common migraine may be accompanied with feeling ill, having vision issues, and “tingling and numbness in the limbs that can last up to eighteen hours,” said the authors (387).

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1 comment:

  1. Indigestion could trigger migraine. Bad foods such as fried foods, oil foods could lead to headache. Stress, tension and fatigue could also lead to headache.
    Spinach, cucumber juice, carrot juice and inhalation of lavender oil are excellent remedies to migraine headache.
    Ginkgo and feverfew are excellent herbs to cure migraine.