From the Traditional Herbal
point of view all of these pains have similar origins. However, by and
large, the most common causes for migraines and headaches is due to
digestive disruption or severe indigestion. This can be produced by an
emotional situation or b)
the actual food that is being eaten.
A massive migraine
can be triggered by simply eating certain types of specific foods.
For some it may be chocolate, for some it is rich creamy (dairy
products) foods, for others it can be heavy greasy or hard to digest
foods. For others certain food additives may trigger them. For some who's
stomach is already impaired even not eating can also bring it on. This occurs
because when the stomach is not digesting it takes part in an
eliminatory process. Should a particular toxin find its way to the
stomach when it is in this mode a headache may ensue in some people.
Many who have this as the cause of their migraines are not aware that
they even have or are having a digestive problem. Yet, some of these
people who suffer terribly from their migraines typically do not get
relief from their headache until they actually feel nausea and end up
vomiting the stomach contents which usually relieves their pain
completely or for the moment. This is a very clear indicator that their
digestion in general, their stomach or their stomach contents in particular are somehow related
to their problem.
The mechanism by which a pain in the area of the head
from a problem that is actually much lower in their anatomy is actually
Simply imagine what happens to any food that sits where it is being
kept warm and moist but is not actually digesting. After a relatively short time it will start to
ferment. Fermentation is just a more glamorous word for "rotting."
The concept that what we eat can actually rot inside of us is not too
far-fetched. Many people have
bad breath, strong body odor, pass partially digested foods in their
bowel movements, bloat,
partially regurgitate food (reflux), etc . . . these effects are
produced from what is fermenting rather than being digested in their digestive tract. The digestive
process starts in the stomach. If something goes wrong in the stomach
headaches and migraines might occur.
It is the purpose of food to be assimilated into the body through
digestion to ultimately become flesh but, before it
can become flesh it must first be converted into blood. Where there is normal
digestion this process occurs without discomfort. But, where there is a
digestive problem the contents of the stomach partially ferment. One of
the by-products of fermentation are gases. Some of these gases enter the
blood stream in small quantities. Gases by their lightness tend to rise
within the body to the area of the head. Once there, the heat of the head
(which is naturally a warm body area) makes the gases expand just enough to
create the often unbearable pounding pain of a migraine headache. The
pain can be constant or be in harmony with the rhythmic beating of the
heart. This gives the clue that it is blood related. And, as blood is
directly formed through digestion; something must be in the blood that should
not be there because of digestive impairment.
How to help this problem? Some resort
to the most common approach; they chose to numb the pain.
This, of course, resolves nothing and in due time the head ache is back. Others blame their
genetics and their DNA which also
resolves nothing. Most go on for years suffering from this very simple
but very debilitating problem and accept it as normal. The usual remedies used can also have severe side
effects with prolonged use. This is not speculation, it is a matter of
Some people use simple things like cayenne pepper to create heat in
their stomachs to consume the excess vapors of fermentation to remove
their headaches. This does consume the vapors and often does remove a
massive head ache but, does not restore
stomach functions. Others use a digestive remedy. Both methods work. The
cayenne is more temporary the digestive remedy is generally more long
lasting because it restores the digestive process.
Digestorum and/or Paracelsus Elixir provide great digestive support to the stomach, pancreatic
and liver functions. They are often used for severe Migraines. For most it
works immediately. For others it needs to be taken for about 1 to 6
weeks to produce lasting results.
Sometimes there is pressure around the area of the head that can also produce a
head ache. This can sometimes be alleviated by simply placing something
cool around the front of the neck. Anything from a cool wet towel to a
can of cool soda pop can be placed on the front of the neck. Sometimes people
simply place their hands into warm or cool water to "draw down"
mentioned above some people suffer from indigestion that causes foods to
accumulate and ferment in the bowel. Sometimes a colonic or a simple
enema can completely remove a headache in minutes. Needless to say, as effective as
this method can be it is not always the most convenient or the most popular method.
Nervous tension can also bring on a
headache. In herbal theory nervous tension aggravates digestive
function; especially stomach functions. As mentioned above one result
can be a headache.
A very typical headache
pattern appears to start at the base of the skull proceeding along the
sides of the head and into the back of the eye sockets. If one were to examine a
simple acupuncture chart they would notice that this pattern of pain
follows what is commonly referred to the upper "gallbladder meridian."
When there is pain along this meridian line it usually indicates, what
is termed in herbal jargon as, a stagnation of energy. As mentioned, this
meridian terminates behind the eyes. When the energy is stagnant within
this meridian the energy of bright light can further overload this
energy stagnation further aggravating the pain.
Usually making this energy move more freely relieves the pain - this
is simply done by finding the pressure point at the base of the skull
and pressing it. When this point is found there is no mistaking it. It
is sensitive and it hurts to the touch. There are two points, one on
each side of the base of the skull. By pressing hard there or having
someone else do it for you, will produce an increase of pain that is
released as soon as the pressure is removed. The result is usually that
the headache is gone or at least lessened.
Sometimes eating some simple food moves the stagnation. By simple
food - foods like oatmeal, good bread etc. is intended.
Some people due to nervous
tension or other reasons put their own spines out of alignment. This
misalignment is enough to interrupt proper energy flows along the spine
and skull and can also produce a migraine/headache. In such a case a
chiropractic adjustment provides noticeable relief.
Attention: There is also something to be said about head pains that are
caused by other types of circulatory stagnations that can produce tumors.
These are of an entirely different order than headaches caused by digestive
disorders and the other circumstances mentioned above. These type of
problems are outside of the scope of this article and the herbal products
seen on this web site.