March 10, 2010
Just say no to drugs
Ask most Americans what the most effective treatment for a headache is, and you can guess their answer. They'll tell you aspirin, Tylenol, or one of the other over-the-counter pain medications. But a new study says it's not true — no matter what type of headache you have.
In this study, the researchers reviewed 31 randomized, controlled trials. They looked at how acupuncture works on all forms of headaches. They found that acupuncture treatment was superior to drugs in reducing the frequency and intensity of chronic headaches. And they found that actual acupuncture was superior to sham acupuncture (placebo). So, it's not just needling. Proper placement of the needles is necessary to see results.
I strongly support acupuncture over any conventional chemical headache therapy. I had acupuncture training many years ago. So did my wife. And she still performs it with a lot of success. We've seen it work.
However, acupuncture isn't the only natural headache treatment that works better than drugs. And many of these are less labor-intensive than acupuncture. Of course, you have to find the cause. Food allergies, toxic metals, root canals, toxins in your teeth, TMJ (jaw joint) problems, past trauma, stress, and even old scars from surgery all can cause headaches.
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I've seen chronic intractable cluster headaches (terrible headaches) resolve instantly with neural therapy. It's a technique that works better than acupuncture in restoring energy flow through scars. It's simply an injection of a local anesthetic into the scar. I've reported in the past on this incredible therapy. Please see my website for more information.
Headaches also can arise from problems in the cervical spine. These might be amenable to chiropractic and/or Prolozone therapy.
You don't need to suffer with headaches or take Big Pharma chemicals. Please see an integrative physician familiar with the above. One of the nice things about this kind of evaluation is that one or two visits to a competent integrative physician might uncover and remedy the problem.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Ref: Anesth Analg, 2008; 107(6): 2038-2047.