Condition Spotlight

Headaches affect almost everyone. Often, headaches can be a sign of other underlying health conditions. While conventional medicine normally treats headaches by prescribing aspirin and other painkillers to deal with symptoms, alternative physicians treat both the headache and its cause to bring lasting relief from pain.

Whether occasional or acute, headaches are often brought on by other conditions, such as food allergy and environmental sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, trauma, sinus infections, eyestrain, or the flu.

Can Acupuncture Reduce Headaches?

Acupuncture may reduce headaches for people who have chronic tension-type headaches, according to a study published in a online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Tension-type headaches most often involve Read More

Can Diet Lessen Severity of Headaches?

Migraine is one of the largest causes of disability in the world. Existing treatments are often not enough to offer full relief for patients. A new study published in The BMJ demonstrates an additional option patients can use in Read More

Understanding Migraines

We all get headaches occasionally, that widely vary in severity. A migraine is a certain type of headache that cannot be treated by the use of basic pain relievers because of its intensity. Migraines are Read More

Current research suggests there are 11 primary headache types, but classifying headaches is far from an exact science. All headaches, no matter how they are classified, are related, since they are all a response to underlying metabolic, structural, and/or emotional imbalances. The key to classification is to use the label to get to the underlying systemic disturbance rather than to narrowly define the headache itself.

Food allergies are believed to be a contributing factor in as many as 70% of all headache cases. Allergy/sensitivity headaches can take many forms, from migraine, cluster, or sinus-like pain to dull, aching, generalized pain. Attributed to just about any substance that can be eaten, breathed, touched, or worn, these headaches usually occur 4-12 hours after contact with or ingestion of the problematic substance.

These headaches are among the easiest to treat, since treatment consists of finding the offending substance, eliminating it, and repairing the body through detoxification and nutritional supplements. However, despite their apparent simplicity, eliminating these headaches often takes patience, since allergies or sensitivities can build up gradually over a period of prolonged exposure, requiring more time for the body to return to normal functioning.

Other allergy headaches can be triggered by poor digestion, yeast overgrowth, dysbiosis, and enzyme deficiencies. In this case, foods are improperly broken down and food fragments leak through the gut walls. This can lead to a flood of toxins in the bloodstream, where immune cells attack the food particles causing dangerous cross-reactions in the body.