See also Headaches
Migraines often start with some form of nausea and a very painful throbbing headache, usually focused behind the eye. There may be warning signs of auras, or blurring of vision with bright spots in the vision. Migraines affect 15 – 20% of men and 25 – 30% of women. Digestive problems are related, as migraines can affect the Gallbladder acupuncture areas. Food or environmental sensitivities, stress, and hormonal problems are often the cause of migraine. Toxins, Candida, a sluggish liver and constipation should all be considered as possible causes.
We start most migraine programs with a 12 day D-Tox Diet. During this time we try to find out if there are any food sensitivities, Candida or digestive problems. We suggest the avoidance of acid forming foods, dairy, flour, sweets, MSG, nitrites, chocolate and citrus. Red wine can sometimes cause migraine. Since platelet aggregation is a major factor in migraines, we usually suggest no shellfish and reduced amounts of red meat. Cold water fish, high in essential fatty acids, can be quite beneficial here. Other essential fatty acids, as found in black currant, evening primrose or borage oils are advantageous.
Single Herbs: Feverfew, Ginger, Cayenne, Cordyceps, Garlic, Ginkgo, Valerian, Essential Fatty Acids, Borage Oil.
Nutritional Supplements: B complex, Niacin (200 mg, three times daily), Vitamin B6 (50 mg, three times daily), Quercitin (500 mg daily), Calcium (2,000 mg daily), Magnesium (500-1000 mg, daily), 5-HTP (100 – 200mg, three times daily).