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Natural Migraine Relief from Dr. Oz

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Dr. Oz said there are inexpensive, natural painkillers that quickly relieve migraines and back pain on his January 28th episode of the Dr. Oz show.

"You can kill the pain before it starts," said Dr. Oz, who said you shouldn't always reach for pills because they usually have side effects.

Dr. Oz's guest was acupuncturist Dr. Daniel Hsu, who said an ancient Asian secret for relieving chronic pain is the plant Corydalis, also known as Chinese poppy.

Corydalis contains the powerful painkiller dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB), which alleviates headaches, joint pain, backache and menstrual cramps. It releases dopamine in the brain, which produces feelings for well-being and happiness. Corydalis has no side effects and is not addictive. Unlike drugs, you don't develop a tolerance for Corydalis, so you don't have to keep taking larger and larger doses to relieve the pain. 

Another effective natural painkiller for migraines in magnesium citrate. Dr. Oz said over 50% of migraine sufferers have a magnesium deficiency. He suggests taking 400 to 600 mg of magnesium a day for migraine relief.


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The Power of Positive Thinking

A study recently published by Boston researchers suggests that patient's expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after treatment for a migraine.

The researchers recruited 66 migraine patients in hopes to quantify how much of their pain relief came from medication and how much came from what's called the placebo effect, the healing power of positive belief.

After 450 headaches later, they reported that it's important for doctors to carefully choose what they tell patients about a powerful medicine because the message could help enhance its benefits, or blunt them.

Here is how the study worked. First, the patients who suffer from regular migraines agreed to forgo pain relievers for several hours during one attack, recording their symptoms for comparison with later headaches.

Then, for their next six migraines, the patients were given a different pill inside an envelope with a different message. Sometimes they were told it was an effective migraine drug named rizatriptan, a positive message. Or, they were told it was a placebo, a dummy pill, suggesting no benefit at all. And then at other times, they were told the pill could be either one, a neutral message.

Sometimes, the messages were true, they were told they got rizatriptan, and they did, other times, the messages were false and the pills had been switched.

Mixing up the possibilities allowed the researchers to tease out how the same person's pain relief differed from migraine to migraine as his or her expectations changed. 

The study found that the real migraine drug worked better, but, people who knew they were taking a placebo still reported less pain than when they had left their migraine untreated.

Patients' report of pain more than doubled when they were told the migraine drug was real than when they were told, falsely, that it was fake. Actually, people reported nearly as much pain relief when they took a placebo that they thought was the real drug as they did when they took the migraine drug while believing it was fake.

Source: Huffington Post

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Causes and Treatments for headaches

KPLR TV in St. Louis, recently spoke with Dr. Sonny Saggar, the Medical Director at St. Louis Urgent Care, about different types of headaches and what can be done about them. There are actually 150 diagnostic headache categories that have been established. Some common types of headaches include, tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, sinus headaches, and hormone headaches. 

Dr. Saggar tells us that headaches are hereditary and 90% of people who have migraines have other family members with migraines. Headache pain results from signals interacting between the brain, blood vessels, and surrounding nerves. During a headache, specific nerves of blood vessels and head muscles are activated and send pain signals to the brain. It's not clear why these are activated in the first place. 

Diagnosing headaches isn't always easy with so many different kinds, but the good news is that once a correct headache diagnosis is made, an effective treatment plan can be started. Once diagnosed, your doctor can recommend different types of treatment to try or may recommend further testing, or refer you to a headache specialist. When your doctor starts a treatment program, keep track of the results and how the treatment program is working.

To read the full article and watch the interview with Dr. Saggar, click here.

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Three Things That May Cause Your Migraine

We are all familiar with migraines by now, the symptoms, side effects, triggers, throbbing, intense pain and sensitivity. But there are three things that you may not have known about migraines.

First, obesity could raise your risk. Data analyzed from almost 4,000 adults by researchers at Johns Hopkins found that the odds of episodic migraines were more than 80% higher in obese participants. The risk was greater among women, caucasians and those under the age of 50. There is still debate between the link, but researchers do know that other factors like family history and gender make you more prone to having migraines as well.

Second, did you know that lightning could spark a migraine? Changes in weather or barometric pressure are known triggers, but a study suggests that lightning may affect the onset of migraines. This could be cause by electromagnetic waves, and increase in ozone or fungal spores caused by the lightning.

Lastly, poor treatment could lead to more frequent headaches. Research recently presented at a meeting of the International Headache Congress supports this theory. Scientists found that people with episodic migraines who received inadequate treatment for acute headaches were more likely to develop chronic migraines, defined as 15 or more migraine days a month.

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Dr. Oz Reveals Natural Remedies

On a recenet episode of Dr. Oz's talk show, he had expert neurologist, Dr. Majid Fotuhi, share some natural remedies for helping combat your migraines and headaches. Three options he shared are:

1. Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin, aim for 400mg per day.

2. For hormonal headaches, add some more Magnesium to your diet whether in what you eat or in supplement form. Try to get 450 mg per day.

3. Tension headaches feel like you have a rubberband around your head. To help ease these types of headaches, try taking CoenzymeQ 10 or CoQ10. Try 100mg per day taken 3 times per day.


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