Headache, cephalalgia, migraine.
A cephalalgia, or a headache, is a subjective symptom defined as pain felt near the cranium, either on one side or all over.
Migraine is a disorder characterized by recurring headaches, sometimes accompanied by vision or digestion problems. There is often a genetic predisposition involved.
The key contributing factors are stress, menstrual periods, alcohol, certain foods and hypoglycemia.
From a naturopathic perspective, headaches and migraines often have similar causes. Acidosis or food intolerances (see our article on Food Allergies) should not be ruled out, nor should a magnesium deficiency, which is often a major factor.
Reduce your consumption of simple sugars. Be sure to eat enough protein at every meal. Eat at least 3 meals a day. Limit your consumption of alcohol and coffee. Eat an alkaline diet (see section on Acidosis). If your symptoms are associated with your menstrual period, avoid soy and all soy by-products.
- DC 22 or DC 37
- DC 52
- DC 26
Certain chemical substances in food can aggravate or trigger migraines, such as:
- Tyramine: found in cured meats, chicken liver, fermented sausage, red wine (particularly Chianti) and sour cream
- Nitrates: a preservative used in cold cuts and/or prepared meats
- Lactose: a sugar found in milk
- Caffeine: found in coffee, tea, energy drinks and caffeinated soft drinks
- Histamine: found in beer, cheese, fish, pickled cabbage and wine
- Phenethylamine: found in chocolate and cheese
- Aspartame: an artificial sweetener
- DC 45 in the case of migraines.