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GRD Health and Healing
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« Newsletter Archive »
November, 1999
Be sure to check out our upcoming classes (below).


 This Month's Tip
       Headaches
One of the most common complaints I hear from patients is headaches.  Headaches vary in kind and intensity from the “daily” tension headaches to severe migraines.

Tension-type headaches are usually due to muscles:  tight neck muscles, locked up shoulders, tightness in the jaw. The pain is usually a dull ache on both sides of the head and has been described as feeling like a tight band across the head.

Migraine-type headaches are characterized by moderate to severe pounding or throbbing pain, often on one side of the head.  Many migraine sufferers often have nausea, vomiting, dizziness and sensitivity to light and/or sounds.

Sinus headaches are related to infections in the sinus area.  One common symptom of sinus headaches is a terrible toothache that really originates in the sinuses, not the teeth.

Another, less common headache is the cluster headache which occurs daily for a few weeks or months and then disappears, randomly appearing months later.  They are characterized by excruciating, sharp-as-knife pain around one eye.

One of the most common causes of headaches is bad reactions to foods.  One of the  most common triggers is too much caffeine (coffee, tea, colas, chocolate).  Abruptly stopping caffeine can also cause headaches.  Other food triggers include alcohol, cheeses, MSG, aspartame (NutraSweet), and pickled foods.  The best way to determine if any of these foods are related to your headaches is to keep a detailed food diary with annotations of when you get your headaches;  look for and experiment with eliminating the foods that you ate within the few hours preceding your headache.

If your headaches often occur in the eyes or at the base of the skull, be sure to have your eye prescription checked.

What to do?

Ice packs on the neck give a lot of relief to many people.  Putting pressure on the temples (from each side) or the forehead (pressing down towards the back of the head while the person lies on their back) often helps.

A tip I learned from the Mother Earth News years ago almost always works.  Take your “handed” hand (your right hand if you're right handed, left if left handed) and place it at the base of the skull of the person you're trying to help.  Gently rest your other hand on their forehead.  Just hold your hands there for 5-10 minutes.  It's often a miracle!

Some great acupuncture points:  massage the web between the thumb and forefinger.  Massage the bottom of the great toe.  Find the tenderest points along the base of the skull and rub them.

Of course, if you have regular headaches, check with your doctor to rule out more serious problems.


Bonus Tip

Yoga Therapy:  Elephant Kriya

As a last resort, here's an (not very pleasant but very effective!) idea from Yoga. Elephants do it, you can too.

If your headache is the digestive upset type (too much food, the wrong kind of food) you need to get rid of it.  Drink a full quart of lukewarm water.  Bend over the toilet and stick your finger down your throat to induce vomiting.  (If you can't get that to work, take a dose of Ipecac—it will also induce you to vomit.)

Like I said, not too pleasant, but it often works when nothing else will.


Herbs and Nutrition for Health

Cell Salts

When you burn a plant and analyze the ash, there are twelve major building blocks.  Similarly in humans we have the same twelve building blocks and they are known as tissue salts or cell salts.  These are inorganic minerals that make up the structural material that builds our cells.

When we have an imbalance or deficiency of these cell salts, then we have symptoms and disease.  Try the following cell salts for the different kinds of headaches described.

Natrum Sulphate (Sodium Sulphate)  Used for chronic headaches and “sick” headaches with biliousness (gastric distress caused by a disorder of the liver or gallbladder).  Nat. Sulph. is also used for headaches accompanied by nausea and/or a bitter taste in the mouth.  This is the main remedy to try for migraine headaches.

Ferrum  Phosphate. (Phosphate of Iron)   Ferr. Phos. is used for hammering type headaches and the kind that cause throbbing in the temples or over the eyes.  Headaches that occur with the menstrual period often respond to Ferr. Phos.   Also known as the pre-eminent first aid remedy, Ferr. Phos. is also good to take at the first sign of a cold or flu.

Magnesium Phosphate  is the remedy of choice for headaches with sharp, shooting pains.

Calcium Sulphate is used with headaches accompanied by vertigo (dizziness) and nausea.  It's the one to try when you have pain around your whole head.

Natrum Phosphate (Sodium Phosphate)  When you have a headache on the crown of the head or a headache with digestive upset (especially after taking wine or milk) try Nat. Phos.

Cell salts are delivered on tiny sugar of milk pills.  Generally take 3-5 tablets and dissolve them in your mouth twice a day for chronic conditions.  If you are having a headache you can try to get relief by taking the same dose every 30-60 minutes and every three hours after the headache reduces or subsides.

For children under 10 years, take 2 tablets dissolved in small amount of water every 2 hours.

Ideally, do not take cell salts within 10 minutes of eating (before of after food).  Do not drink caffeine, colas, alcohol or mint products while taking the remedies as they may interfere with the healing process.

Remember that cell salts are the basic building blocks of your body.  They are, in essence, food supplements and are very safe to take.  As with all herbs and natural remedies, use cell salts with common sense.


Herbs and Nutrition for Health

Bonus Herbal Tip

Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium)

Known since the time of the ancient Greeks, feverfew has been used for fevers, arthritis, inflammations, and for menstrual pains.  Feverfew’s modern day claim to fame is as a headache remedy.  It is the most frequently used herb for the long-term treatment and prevention of migraines.

Numerous studies have shown that continuous use of feverfew leads to a reduction in the severity, duration, and frequency of migraine headaches.

"Feverfew leaf extracts with at least 0.2% parthenolide content are generally used. Herbal extracts in capsules or tablets providing at least 250 mcg. of parthenolide  per day or 0.5-lml of tincture three times per day are taken. It may take four to six weeks before benefits are noticed."  (The Natural Pharmacy (Prima Health, 1998) by Skye Lininger, DC, Jonathan V. Wright, MD, Steve Austin, ND, Donald J. Brown, ND, and Alan R. Gaby, MD)

There are very few side effects when taking feverfew. Traditionally, people with headaches often ate feverfew leaves right out of the garden.  However, with stronger extracts, some people may experience upset stomachs or nervousness.  (Don't take feverfew if you're pregnant or nursing.)

If you experience headaches, especially migraines, ask about the MetaBotanica product Feverfew Plus that we recommend.  In addition to high quality feverfew there is a proprietary blend of Bitter Orange fruit (Citrus Aurantium), Scute root (Scutellaria Baicalensis) and Ginger (Zingiber Officinale).  By adding these extra herbs the formula often has quicker results.


Upcoming Classes

Kundalini Yoga Classes

Make space in your busy schedule for relaxation and self growth time.  Known as the Mother of all yogas, Kundalini yoga incorporates stretching, breathing, meditation and relaxation.  This yoga is more aerobic and at times more vigorous than Hatha Yoga, providing you not only with stress reduction, relaxation, inner growth and expansion, but also a good workout.

Call Mukta Khalsa at 770.512.0558 for class times and information


Kundalini Yoga Teachers Training and Certification

A wonderful intensive designed for the serious student of yoga.  This course will be an in depth, 130 hour course on the anatomy and physiology of yoga, the science of mantra and mudra, healing, diet, communication, chakras, the mind and much more.  This course is intended for those people interested in becoming Kundalini Yoga teachers and/or students who want to develop a deeper understanding and personal practice of Yoga.

Call Mukta Khalsa at 770.512.0558 for class times and information