A migraine is a paroxysmal headache, associated with changes in capillaries in the brain. These can shrink or expand rapidly due to various factors, among which the important are: stress, hormonal imbalances, allergies, and chronic poisoning.
A migraine is also associated with dysfunctions in secreting the neurotransmitter serotonin.
The attacks are sudden, can last between a few hours and a few days, are accompanied by headaches, bad mood, nausea and vomiting, and sometimes diarrhea. It is often preceded by a “migraine aura”, usually associated with visual disorders, which can take various forms – many people describe them as luminous circles, “snow” in the field of view, or dark shapes in front of their eyes.
A migraine is often associated with food and chemical allergies, in many people is caused by particular triggering factors, such as foods containing the amino acid tyramine (red wine, cheeses, matured cold cuts) or other foods, including chocolate, coffee, and tea. The list of migraine-inducing factors varies from person to person. Sometimes they are easy to identify, other times, however, especially in the case of subclinical delayed onset allergies (ones not detected by “regular” allergy test), identifying these factors requires additional diagnostic work.
Eliminating the triggering foods and a proper diet can bring about substantial relief.
A migraine is very often accompanied by hormonal imbalances, which can be diagnosed by correct testing and alleviated by proper treatment.
Environmental factors associated with incessant exposure to external toxins and chronic poisoning also play an important role in migraine, since poisoning increases the frequency of onsets.
Natural methods of treatment focus on preventing onsets, not on stopping them. Meaning these methods are focused on reducing the frequency of onsets and alleviating the associated ailments.
Unlike pharmacological treatment, natural methods do not cause side effects.
They are also complementary to pharmacological treatment and do not exclude it.
Migraine diagnostics entails:
– Precise medical and dietetic interview.
– Tests towards late food allergies (including: IgG – e.g. ImmuPro 300, Comprehensive Food Allergy Panel, FACT tests), hormonal tests (sex and stress hormones, melatonin, and interaction between hormones), testing of heavy metal load and possible metal and chemical allergies. The tests are assigned depending on patient’s needs.
Comprehensive migraine treatment entails:
– An individually chosen elimination and rotational diet
– Supplementation of proper amino acids and vitamins, which influence the production of serotonin
– Herbal medicines, which influence the nervous system, have a relaxing effect, as well as naturally even out hormonal imbalances
– Detoxification (cleansing) the body
– Rational lifestyle
– Osteopathy, craniosacral therapy
Often patients benefit from combined treatment, when several methods are used in the same period of time. First effects are seen after 2-3 months of treatment, manifesting as a reduction in both frequency and severity of the onsets.