Cluster Headaches

Cluster Headaches are one-sided, and often associated with congestion of the eye and nose on the same side. They are severe, can come at night waking you up from sleep, last up to 3 hours, often occuring several times a day for weeks. They can be treated with anti-migraine or epilepsy drugs.

Although they are similar to migraine, these types of headaches are not considered to be true migraines. They often occur after periods of excessive stress, but may happen for no apparent reason.

Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)

Supplement/Herb What it does Dosage
Magnesium Will help your muscles to relax if the headaches are due to tension, and will reduce the effects of stress. 200mg-600mg 1 to 2 times daily
DLPA An amino acid which promotes the body’s production of pain killing chemicals. Use as directed
Passiflora Eases nerve pain, can be used on it’s own or with other herbs. 500mg 3 times daily
Valerian Relaxes muscles, can be used on it’s own or with other herbs 500mg 3 times daily
White willow A natural anti-inflammatory and pain killing herb. Can be used with other herbs 500mg 3 times daily

Diet and Lifestyle Factors

Identify and eliminate any food sensitivities as these can be a cause of headaches.

Have your blood pressure checked to make sure that it isn’t a factor.

Make sure that you have plenty of sleep and rest when you need to.

If you think you are stressed, follow the Stress Survival Programme.

Eat little and often to keep blood sugar levels stable.

Avoid refined carbohydrates, tea and coffee.

Check to see how much caffeine you take on a regular basis, caffeine is found in coffee, tea, chocolate and cola drinks and can be a cause of headaches. Withdraw slowly so that you don’t get rebound headaches.

Drink at least 2 litres of water daily.

Eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily.

Include oily fish in your diet at least 3 times a week.

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