MIGRAINES. The causation and the healing
The most frequent forms of headaches are the migraine, the tension and the cluster headache. Theory of the migraine is usually only 1 active substance, ergotamine, the alkaloid of the grain ergot and its chemical derivatives. Over years of this medication the pain can be increased because of the ergotamine.
Three phases of the migraine:
1. Pre-phase. Light-sensitiveness, visual, crawling sensations, dizziness or a general feeling of malaise. The arteries of the brain narrow during this phase
2. Pain-phase. Pounding, one-sided headache with nausea and vomiting. The brain arteries become slackened and distended during this phase
3. Oedema-phase. There is a continuous, dull pain. The cranial arteries and surrounding tissues become anatomically pathological in that they become oedematous and swollen
Vasoconstriction and Vasodilatation as causes of Migraines:
Both constriction and dilation can unleash headaches and because both situations result in excess blood fluids entering the cerebral tissues.
Result in both cases is local oedema, which then exercises a mechanical effect on the nearby nerves. The oedematous tissue concerned swells and stretches. The head is a ‘pressure chamber’ and the quantity of interstitial fluid and blood is disturbed. Pain is the result. Plus supply of oxygen to the brain is impeded by constriction of the capillaries and by the small velocity of blood flow that accompanies dilation. It is the hard brain skin layer (dura mata), the cavernous sinus and the arteria basilaris that is highly pain sensitive.
• Vasoconstriction, blood congestion takes place with the increasing the internal pressure of the blood vessels so they become more permeable.
This is a reaction of the sympathetic nervous system
• Vasodilatation, the blood vessels deliver excess fluid to the surrounding tissue due to the small velocity of the blood flow. This is a reaction of the parasympathetic system.
Vasodialation is a reaction of the parasympathetic nervous system
Weekend Migraine During the usually more restful weekend, the lowering of the high sympathetic tone due to works stress results in an excessive dominance of the regenerating systems of the parasympathetic system. The consequence is pronounced dilation of the cerebral blood vessels, which can then unleash a migraine attack. Sedative medications or the practice of meditation or similar training would obviously be contraindicated in such migraine situations because such practices would continue to increase the parasympathetic tone. Here strong coffee could be the therapy of choice because coffee stimulates the suprarenal glands provoking an adrenaline surge – blood vessels tend to contract.
Chronic Headaches Accompanied with shortness of breath = a sign that environmental toxins are present. If the headache has been since radiotherapy, that is a pointer to anaemia due to the destruction of bone marrow with a consequential deficit in the cerebral oxygen supply.
Harmful effects due to the internal environment of the ‘modern’ office building = harmful air quality and continual electrical smog. This will be accompanied with feeling down and tiredness, an inability to concentrate and frequent sleep disturbances. Eye irritations are noticeable and bronchial complaints
Cluster headaches are distinguished by intolerable, boring pain travelling upwards and laterally usually to one eye. The attacks last for up to 2 hours and occur up to six times per day for up to 6 weeks. Men are the main sufferers and stress to be a component of their lives to which they cannot say ‘no’. During a cluster headache, an affected eye becomes red and water strongly, while the nose runs constantly It is assumed that the cause is overstressing of the 7th and 10th cranial nerves
Tension headache is the common headache. Dull, oppressive, heavy and not located in any specific region of the head. It is usually first experienced on waking up and may persist for several weeks. Physical conditions may also be found in particular, chronic sinus infections and arthrosis of the cervical spine and disturbances of the temporomandibular joints
Stress headaches can also been seen as tension headaches and caused by stress during work and spare time. Stress constantly sets adrenaline free in the suprarenal glands, thus the blood vessels are continuously constricted – particularly the cerebral region. Increased adrenaline production leads on to an increased glucose ration – adrenaline is an antagonist to insuline. The consequence is ischaemia with insufficient oxygen supply and then the headache. This pain is extremely oppressive as if the head would burst and blood pressure rises
Weather sensitivity headaches is usually because there is a vegetative nervous systems and therefore a weakness of blood vessels. Thus with air pressure fluctuations and abrupt changes in air pressure, the threshold of sensation of vegetative nervous systems becomes lowered. The concentration of the parasympathetic neurotransmitter serotonin in the blood rises with the advent of certain warm weather conditions. This chemical has the potential to excessively dilate the capillaries and thus cause headaches. In these cases calcium antagonists work well as a temporary measure. Certain susceptible humans also react sensitively to the electrical discharges of air masses and electrical smog. Exercise can help and alternating hot and cold showers. Foods with histamine, tyramine (cheese, red wine, citrus fruits) and phenylethyldiamine (chocolate) are to be avoided. Also plastic sport clothes such as ‘track suits’ or ski suits shold be avoided since they may become enormously charged with static electricity.
Can occur as a result of not having enough good floras in our intestines. It can also dida when it grows rhizoids, (finger like protrusions) which burrow themselves into the intestinal walls.
The cells in most areas of the body are very close to one another. The cells in the intestinal tract are farther apart, leaving more room for Candida, parasites, heavy metal deposits or other bad bacteria’s. Once these conditions perforate the wall of the intestine; decaying food, fecal matter and bacteria infect the bloodstream. Toxicity as well as malabsorption can then become a problem. As a result we may experience brain fog, skin rashes, fatigue, and or headaches, chemical sensitivities and possibly food allergies.
1 Headaches caused by foods
2 Headaches in which foods appear to play a minor role
3 Those caused y foods under certain conditions, including stress or exhaustion
Alcohol Monosodium glutamate nitrates/nitrites
Theobromine caffeine benzoic acid
Phenylethylamine food dyes tyramine
Check the symptoms with your doctor
Cortisol hormones have a wide range of functions and exert significant control over the operation of the digestive, immune and nervous symptoms:
Maintenance of normal blood sugar levels
Increased metabolism or breakdown of protein
Increased breakdown of fates
Suppressed white blood cell synthesis
Suppressed immune-allergic responses
Irritability of the nervous system
Increased production of stomach acid
Increased bladder pressure and urination
Increased loss of sodium, potassium and water through the urine
Solutions for headaches:
Homoeopathic Nux Vomica relieves throbbing head pain and nausea – Also good for hangovers
Kali Bich Also good for colds
Ignatia For piercing headaches (eg after crying)
Gelsemium For a sick nervous headache, influenza
Belladonna Throbbing headache, earache and facial neuralgia
New Vista’s detox – addex to detox any food intolerances. These can build up resulting
chemex to detox any chemical intolerances (e.g. working in a dry cleaners, petrol station etc
had assists with the pain of migraine
Vgt for treatment of dizziness
Organ support Liver liquescence. A nutrtional remedy to support liver
Herbal Feverfew Also known as Tanacetum parthenium. This herb inhibit platelet aggregation and the secretion of serotonin, which is one of the substances released during a migraine headache
Supplements Aid to Migraine
Amino Acids Where are they found? Foods of animal origin, such as meat and poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products, are the richest dietary sources of the essential amino acids
5-Hydroxytryptopha Also indexed as: 5-HTP Supplemental 5-HTP is naturally derived from the seeds of the Griffonia simplicifolia, a West African medicinal plant.
Vitamin B2 Also indexed as: Riboflavin Where is it found? Dairy, eggs, and meat contain significant amounts of vitamin B2. Leafy green vegetables and whole and so-called enriched grains contain some vitamin B2.
Vitamin D Where is it found? Cod liver oil is an excellent dietary source of vitamin D, as are vitamin D-fortified foods. Traces of vitamin D are found in egg yolks and butter. However, the majority of vitamin D in the body is created during a chemical reaction that starts with sunlight exposure to the skin. Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) is the animal form of this vitamin
Magnesium Where is it found? Nuts and grains are good sources of magnesium. Beans, dark green vegetables, fish, and meat also contain significant amounts.
SAMe possesses anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and tissue-healing properties that may help protect the health of joints. Several double-blind studies have shown that SAMe is useful for people with osteoarthritis, increasing the formation of healthy tissue14 and reducing pain, stiffness, and swelling better than placebos and equal to drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen.
Vitamin C (Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid) What does it do? Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that functions as a powerful antioxidant. Acting as an antioxidant, one of vitamin C’s important functions is to protect LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage. Acting as a Detox for chemical allergies and adrenal supportWhere is it found? Broccoli, red peppers, currants, Brussels sprouts, parsley, rose hips, acerola berries, citrus fruit, and strawberries are good sources of vitamin C.